The Bath Magazine picks six 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 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.
Why not take advantage of the hotel’s prosecco afternoon tea offer? On week days during June, July and August Bailbrook House is adding a glass of prosecco for the price of £30 for two.
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. We highly recommend adding a flight of Taittinger Champagne or a Grey Goose martini cocktail flight to complement your Royal Crescent experience. Afternoon tea is served daily between 1.30pm and 6pm.
Afternoon tea is £35 per person, or with a glass of Champagne it is £45 per person. Afternoon tea with a Taittinger Champagne or martini flight is £55 per person, and children’s afternoon tea is £16.50 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?
This is an experience for both locals and visitors alike. Your traditional afternoon tea will be served in the cool society 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 costs £30 per person, or £46 with a glass of Champagne, and is served every day from 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Booking is essential.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel,
Beau Street, Bath BA1 1QY
Tel: 01225 358888
A trip 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 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. This summer there are two new packages to the menu. The beautifully elegant Jane Austen Tea which is served with a pot of Pump Room blend loose leaf tea, a glass of Fentimans ginger beer, Bath chap and ham hock terrine, mini Bath bun, egg custard and nutmeg tart and a rhubarb syllabub dessert with almond crumble, for £26 per person.
The Pump Room has also launched a Somerset High Tea which is perfect for a Father’s Day gift; this includes an Orchard Pig cider or apple juice, two mouth-watering savouries; the chicken and fennel sausage roll and a free range scotch egg and a deliciously sweet apple cider cake, all for £18.95 per person. All afternoon teas are served with a loose-leaf house tea or a pot of hand roasted coffee.
At lunchtime the restaurant serves a seasonal à la carte menu and a set menu for £17.50 for two courses, or £22.50 for three. On 15 June a sumptuous summer menu goes live and from 17 June The Pump Room will be open in the evenings for dining. Dinner is served from 5 – 8.30pm and is the perfect way to end a perfect day.
The Pump Room, Stall Street,
Bath BA1 1LZ
Tel: 01225 444477
Where better to indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea than at Lucknam Park Hotel, an 18th century Palladian mansion set among 500 glorious acres of beautiful gardens and unspoilt parkland.
Afternoon 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 six miles away.
From £29 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, 2.30pm – 5pm and from 3pm – 5pm on Sundays.
Lucknam Park Hotel,
Colerne, SN14 8AZ
Tel: 01225 742777
This summer enjoy the beautiful terrace of the Garden Café at the Holburne Museum, serving loose leaf Newby Teas and an indulgent selection of cakes, biscuits, pastries and scones freshly baked every day, as well as range of light meals, quiches and soups.
Newby offers the world’s finest luxury loose leaf blends selecting only prime-season leaves from quality Ethical Tea Partnership estates. The freshness of the tea is preserved at a state-of-the-art facility in the world’s best tea-growing regions in Kolkata, India. The team at Benugo prepare bags of the loose leaf tea in small batches to ensure that the craft of fine tea in every cup can be savoured.
The Garden Café has something to treat yourself to whatever the time of day. It is open from 10am and last orders are at 4.30pm.
The Holburne Museum,
Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
Tel: 01225 388572