Back at the end of August l was hoping the new occupants of the house Bath’s famous Georgian Master of
Ceremonies Beau Nash was living in at the time of his death – would do something to ensure his memory lived on.
The 18th century building – alongside Bath’s Theatre Royal – changed hands recently after the Bath branch of the Strada chain of Italian-styled restaurants closed on September 1st.
It was where Beau Nash died 253 years ago.
He had been in very reduced circumstances for some years after Parliament outlawed the gambling games which had provided his income.
He had also been in the care of his mistress Juliana Popjoy.
You were able read all about it on a sign-written board outside – which l assume was put there by Popjoy’s Restaurant – a more recent occupant.
It was a feature tourists stop to take in but time and weather has taken its toll and l argued – unless the board was re-done – its information was going to be lost.
Well l am pleased to say the new owner has done just that.
A new board is in place and the story of its famous former occupant is there for all to read.
The new restaurant is to be called Ciao, Ciao and its owner is Bath businessman and restauranteur Kambiz Shayegan who happens to also own the Raphael restaurant and bar – just across the Sawclose.
It’s a nice gesture Mr Shayegan and something for all your customers to think about as they dine under the same roof as the former ‘King’ of Bath.