With so many delightful restaurants, cafés and hotels offering sumptuous afternoon teas, here's a selection to help you decide where to have yours in Bath...
The Pump Room Restaurant
One of the grandest venues in Bath, The Pump Room is the original Georgian social hub. You can enjoy traditional sandwiches, scones and petit fours with the choice to upgrade your tea to a glass of Chandon sparkling wine. During the holidays don’t miss special themed teas for kids too!
No.15 Great Pulteney
Independently owned and set in three Grade I listed Georgian townhouses, No.15 Great Pulteney is a quintessentially English boutique townhouse full of surprises. Although their scrumptious afternoon tea sticks to tradition in many respects – you'll find an enticing selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam, and an extensive and tasty tea selection – there are a few unique (though similarly delicious) flavour pairings amongst the classics.
Al fresco afternoon tea is also an option too, as the team can deliver your spread to neighbouring Henrietta Park.
Royal Crescent Hotel
In the summer, take your lavish afternoon tea in the hidden gardens of the luxurious Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa or by the cosy fireplace in winter. Pick from a wide-ranging tea selection courtesy of premium brand Ronnefeldt, swapping for champagne if you'd prefer.
Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum
Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House and Museum is home to the light and airy Sally Lunn bun, a local delicacy in Bath and a must try when visiting. Enjoy The Bath Cream Tea – half a Sally Lunn bun topped with homemade cinnamon butter and a dollop of clotted cream.
The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe
Another famous bun is the Bath Bun, sold at the quaint Bath Bun Tea Shoppe. This bun is laced with sugar and has a sprinkling of currants on top. If you can’t manage a full blown afternoon tea, why not have a toasted Bath Bun with melting butter accompanied by the house blend tea?
Sample a selection of sweet treats, delicate sandwiches and warm scones at Abbey Hotel. Choose to enjoy yours with a pot of classic Bristish tea, or opt for a glass of fizz or bespoke ArtBar cocktail.
Regency Tea Room
The charming Regency Tea Room at The Jane Austen Centre is a winner of the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence, thanks to their exceptional level of quality and service. Enjoy your warm scones while swooning over Mr Darcy’s portrait which hangs on the wall.
Where could be finer to take afternoon tea than in a luxury mansion surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful grounds? A visit to Lucknam Park is a real treat on special occasions and certainly has the wow factor.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
Retire to The Canvas Room and treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea at the luxurious five-star Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel. JING artisan teas are the perfect accompaniment and are usually found in Michelin-starred restaurants.
Emily’s Tea Room at the Francis
Nibble on exquisite petit fours and finger sandwiches alongside jumbo scones at the Francis Hotel’s tearoom. With its elegant Regency-style décor, it's the perfect setting for taking tea.
Emma’s Bar and Restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Bath City
Seek out DoubleTree by Hilton’s Secret Garden for an afternoon tea with views over the River Avon and historic Pulteney Bridge. Take your pick between a sweet or savoury version, with the latter featuring a mini ploughman’s, goat’s cheese cheesecake, and mature cheddar and carrot flapjack.
Hands Georgian Tearoom
Get the full Regency experience at Hands Georgian Tearoom, a traditional family-run tearoom in a beautiful townhouse. Just steps from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, head there for high tea with friendly waitress service after exploring the city sights.
Sweet Little Things
Just as impressive to look at as the pretty floral décor, this independent tearoom’s afternoon teas are made up of perfectly presented sandwiches, scones and cakes. Choose between tea, gin or fizz as well as special packages if you’re toasting a bride or mum-to-be.
The Ivy Bath Brasserie
Settle in for a top-quality afternoon tea experience at the beautifully decorated Ivy Bath Brasserie – one of many stylish places to visit around Milsom Street. The menu features classic scones with cream and jam alongside seasonal treats like smoked salmon on beetroot bread and pistachio nasturtium crème brûlée.