A selection of the best spots where you can enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea in Bath…
Afternoon tea is a great British tradition and what better place to enjoy it than the historic surroundings of Bailbrook House? Relax in one of the royal lounges or take in the panoramic views of the Avon Valley from the Cloisters Restaurant patio. Tea is served the traditional way using the finest loose-leaf teas, strained to your personal taste which together with a selection of delicious sandwiches, handmade cakes, pastries and scones make up the perfect tea experience. Traditional afternoon tea is £23.50pp, savoury afternoon tea is £23.50pp, children’s tea is £9 per child, and the Somerset cream tea is £9.95pp.
Bailbrook House Hotel, Eveleigh Avenue,
London Road West, Bath BA1 7JD
Tel: 01225 855100
What can be better than relaxing in the beautiful location of the iconic Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa and catching up with friends over a chilled glass of Champagne and a delectable selection of scones and sandwiches? The hotel’s unique selection of five afternoon teas include beautiful ﬁnger sandwiches, delicate cakes and savouries, the finest world teas and some of Bath’s best scones and buns. Sit down and relax in the hotel’s breathtaking acre of secluded gardens or enjoy the elegant surroundings of the award-winning Dower House Restaurant. You can even add a flight of Taittinger Champagne or a Grey Goose martini cocktail flight to complement your Royal Crescent experience. Afternoon tea is served daily between 1.30–6pm and the price is £37.50 per person, or with a glass of Champagne £50 per person. Afternoon tea with a Taittinger Champagne or Martini flight is £62.50 per person, and children’s afternoon tea is £19.50 per child.
The Royal Crescent Hotel,
16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS
Tel: 01225 823333
What could epitomise ‘the Bath experience’ more perfectly than taking an afternoon tea in the classic yet irrefutably modern Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel? This is an experience for both locals and visitors. Your traditional afternoon tea will be served in the glamorous atmosphere of the fashionable Canvas Room, where you can sit, chat and enjoy the stylish surroundings. The delectable selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and refreshments come with the additional option of Champagne if you wish to make your experience that little bit more indulgent. Afternoon tea at The Gainsborough is £30 per person, or £46 with a glass of Champagne, and is served every day from 3–5.30pm. Booking is essential.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel,
Beau Street, Bath BA1 1QY
Tel: 01225 358888
Combine the rich history of Jane Austen novels and high-tea treats at The Regency Tea Room. Tea and literature lovers can enjoy two of their favourite things. Step back in time as you enjoy a delightful range of loose- leaf teas, coffees, sandwiches and sweet treats. The staff will also be dressed in full Regency regalia. Have tea with Mr Darcy or dine on delicious scones with Lady Catherine and immerse yourself in some of the finest literature in history. The full menu is served daily between 10am and 4.30pm and is available in both vegan or gluten-free options.
The Regency Tea Room, The Jane Austen Centre,
40 Gay Street, Bath BN1 2NT
Tel: 01225 443000
A visit to Bath wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Georgian splendour of The Pump Room, with its Corinthian columns and crystal chandelier. Live music is played daily by the resident pianist and trio to create an enchanting atmosphere. The Pump Room is world-famous for its signature traditional afternoon tea packages which are served daily from noon. There are a number of options including the beautifully elegant Beau Nash Tea which is served with a pot of Pump Room blend loose-leaf tea, smoked Scottish salmon and cucumber pikelet, and homemade fruit and buttermilk scones, for £20 per person. The Pump Room also offers a Somerset High Tea which includes an Orchard Pig cider or apple juice, a chicken and fennel sausage roll and a free-range scotch egg, as well as a deliciously sweet cider and apple cake (£19.50). For something a little more opulent, the Searcys Champagne Pump Room Tea (£36.50) adds a chilled glass of sparkling cuvée to the standard Pump Room Tea package, which includes a traditional selection of sandwiches, cakes and delicacies.
The Pump Room, Stall Street,
Bath BA1 1LZ
Tel: 01225 444477
Indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea at Lucknam Park Hotel, an 18th-century Palladian mansion set among 500 glorious acres of beautiful gardens and unspoilt parkland. Tea at Lucknam Park has always been a firm favourite with visitors, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a treat after a long day shopping in Bath, which is only six miles away. From £30 per person you will be able to enjoy a full English afternoon tea served in the library or drawing room overlooking the gardens, or if it’s fine weather, on the terrace. Reservations are recommended. Afternoon tea is available Monday – Saturday, 1.30–5pm and from 3–5pm on Sundays.
Lucknam Park Hotel,
Colerne, SN14 8AZ
Tel: 01225 742777
One of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Bath, only a five-minute walk from the centre of town, the Garden Café at the Holburne Museum provides the perfect escape within the city. This summer visit the beautiful exhibition Edouard Vuillard: The Poetry of the Everyday (£12.50/£7 concessions) before settling down with a cream tea (scones with clotted cream and jam are £3.50). The seasonal menu also offers light lunches, cakes, and a selection of tea and coffee. The Garden Café has something to treat yourself to whatever the time of day, and is open from 10am. Last orders are taken at 4.30pm.
The Holburne Museum,
Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
Tel: 01225 388572
The relaxed yet sophisticated setting at The Ivy Bath Brasserie is perfect for an afternoon spot of tea for local businesses, residents and visitors. The menu features an array of sweet and savoury favourites such as truffled chicken brioche rolls, marinated cucumber and dill sandwiches and smoked salmon on rye with cream cheese and chives, as well as raspberry cheesecake and chocolate and salted caramel mousse. Afternoon tea at The Ivy Bath Brasserie is served daily from 3–5pm and is £18.95 per person, or £26.50 with a glass of Champagne.
The Ivy Bath Brasserie,
39 Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DS
Tel: 01225 307100
Served in The Pantry, in the lounges or on the terrace overlooking four acres of award-winning gardens in the summer sunshine, afternoon tea at The Bath Priory is something of a hidden gem. Treat yourself to a full afternoon tea including a selection of freshly cut sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and warm scones served with clotted cream and a local preserve. Choose from a vast selection of teas and coffees or, enjoy a fine glass of Ruinart Champagne with your tea. Afternoon tea at The Bath Priory is available daily from 3–5pm and is £34 per person; Champagne Afternoon Tea is £46 per person.
The Bath Priory Hotel,
Weston Road, Bath BA1 2XT
Tel: 01225 331922
Afternoon tea has long been a popular pastime in Bath, and it has quickly become something of a speciality at No.15 Great Pulteney. Staying faithful to the classics in many respects, with a few smile-inducing pairings in the mix, guests will find delicate finger sandwiches, savoury and sweet elements ranging from a chorizo sausage roll to red almond dusted battenburg, citrus macarons and a raspberry mogador tower, alongside freshly-baked fruit and plain scones with berry jam, lemon curd and clotted cream. It’s served suspended from a wrought iron stand crafted into the shape of a tree and meticulously matched with loose leaf teas, AR Lenoble champagne or a creative cocktail if you prefer.
15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4BR
Tel: 01225 807015