For Christmas, my mother booked a table at The Pump Room Restaurant in Bath for all of us to have afternoon tea on New Year’s day. I had never been to the Pump Room’s before so this was a new, exciting experience and was a great way to start 2019.
Bath is one of my favourite cities in the UK. It’s a really stunning place filled with history, amazing places to eat, stay, and shop, if you can I highly recommend you visit one day. Luckily Bath is only an hours drive away so we had plenty of time to get ready in the morning and browse a few shops before our reservation.
The Pump Room Restaurant is located right next to the Cathedral. Of course, they still had all the Christmas lights up so it looked even more amazing.
Inside was incredible. It was very grand and decorated elegantly for Christmas. A waiter showed us to our table which was underneath a striking chandelier. We were also sat quite close to the famous King’s Spring Fountain. The water from this fountain contains 43 minerals and is said to have healing properties. For centuries people from all over the country would travel to Bath to drink the water to treat their conditions.
We were given our menus and while looking through them, live music began to play behind us which was a really nice touch.
I had been to a proper afternoon tea once before at The Ritz and loved it. While the decor at The Ritz was a lot more luxe the food was very similar. The only difference was that there were a few more sandwiches and cake options at The Ritz and they continuously brought more out when they saw you were finished.
We had two, three-tier stands, which equalled to four finger sandwiches each, two scones and two cakes. Despite everything being so small I got full very quickly and could only finish one cake! Unfortunately I also don’t like tea, which is always shocking to hear from a British person, so instead, I ordered a hazelnut hot chocolate that was absolutely delicious.
Overall I was really impressed. My favourite sandwiches were the egg and cress and coronation chicken. The scones with jam and cream were definitely the best part of the tea and there was a chocolate cake that was extremely rich and sickly but still so good!
I would definitely come back here again. I’d love to take Jaz one day although I don’t think it’s really his kind of thing. It was £27 a head for the traditional afternoon tea which was pretty reasonable. If you wanted to go that extra step further The Pump Room Champagne Tea is £36.50 per person. I’d definitely go for the champagne tea next time.
It was a fantastic experience and an amazing way to start the new year!
Have you had afternoon tea at The Pump Room before? Or are they any other places you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!