The Pump Room

Price guide: Mid-range

Stall Street, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LZ

Price guide: Mid-range

The Pump Room exterior

By Amy Watkins, your Bath expert

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#18 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Bath
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, History, Live entertainment, People watching

Expert review of The Pump Room

Nothing says ‘Bath’ like afternoon tea at the Pump Room.

Social butterflies have flitted through the Pump Room for more than two hundred years and it’s the quintessential place to come for Afternoon Tea in Bath. Put on your metaphorical bonnet and point out your pinkie as you sup on a cuppa in fine surroundings.

Food and drink: 

Lunches are served here, but I only go in the afternoon to take visitors to experience drinking tea in one of Bath’s most famous establishments. Dainty sandwiches and champagne tasting trays make the Pump Room great for a special occasion. As well as traditional afternoon tea there are champagne options and the weird but wonderful Jane Austen tea – ginger fizz, potted mackerel and toast, fruit & plain scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves, Pump Room cup cake and a pot of tea or coffee.

Recommended dishes: 

You have to try the Traditional Pump Room Tea – sandwiches, scones dripping with clotted cream and local jam, with pastries and a pot of tea or coffee. Bravehearts can try the famous Bath spa water for 50p, but it’s worth shelling out an extra two pounds to get it mixed with strawberry or lemon to disguise the ‘unique’ taste.

Ambience: 

Every day a classical trio play and a pianist takes over at lunchtimes. Genteel and old-fashioned; this is the Bath that many tourists come to see.

Service: 

Attentive – you’ll be guided to your seat and waited on. Although you can book in the week, weekends you need to queue for Afternoon Tea, so allow extra time for this.

Location: 

Part of the Roman Baths complex, on Abbey Courtyard in the centre of town.

Price advice: 

Vouchers are available as gifts. Afternoon Tea starts from £17.50 per person (£34 for two).
 

Tables to book: 

Ask for one by the window in the summertime as street performers put on a show in the Abbey churchyard, just outside. Watch out for the two men in thongs that do acrobats though - they like to wiggle their bums against the window at unsuspecting tourists eating Afternoon Tea.

More information on The Pump Room:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Tearoom
Food:
British
Address:
Stall Street, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LZ
Telephone:
01225 444477
Website:
http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/pump_room.aspx
Serves:
Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun(coffee) 9.30am-noon,(lunch) noon-2.30pm,(afternoon tea)2.30pm-5pm (4.30pm in winter). Dinner from 6pm-9pm July and August only.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
afternoon tea

Have you been to The Pump Room? Would you recommended it?