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.
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).
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.
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