The Pump Room
Stall Street, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LZ
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, History, Live entertainment, People watching
Expert review of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part of the Roman Baths complex, on Abbey Courtyard in the centre of town.
Vouchers are available as gifts. Afternoon Tea starts from £17.50 per person (£34 for two).
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:
- Café, Tearoom
- Stall Street, Bath, BANES, BA1 1LZ
- 01225 444477
- 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:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- afternoon tea