I don’t mean in the bath tube – it’s about the city of Bath in UK.
I must have visit Bath about 4 times … but last time was must have been about 19 years ago – so I was a bit lost when I arrived at Bath Station from Bristol with bus X39. There was a big shopping area in the way. SouthGate I think it’s called. It was a morning with heavy overcast and it also provided some rain, but not very heavy.
My friend Paula hadn’t been to Bristol before and we couldn’t really visit Bristol without a day trip to Bath. I just love everything about Bath, such a beautiful and romantic city.
The bus journey took 50 min. It had been much quicker with the train, but the Bristol Temple Meads Station was quite away from our hotel, but we was next door neighbor with the bus station. I asked the a young lady in on of the Square stalls .. and when I went around the corner I was “back home”. Because the Roman Bath is just in short walking distance from the train station.
I had booked afternoon tea at the Pump Room at the Roman Bath, but I had forgotten what time … so we went to find out and the restaurant manager said that we could have it straight away, a bit too close to your breakfast, but my friend want to have it. The restaurant was already fairly busy and there was a mixture of lunch and afternoon tea.
The Pump Room
phone: +44 1225 444477
What a treat it was … service and everything that came with it, just marvelous. We went for the afternoon tea pack for £21.00 per person, so no champagne. There we was indulge ourselves with lovely fresh sandwich, heavenly scones, clotted cream and lovely cakes with loads of calories … all to live soft piano music.
I don’t drink tea so I had unlimited coffee in which way I wanted it … and of course I went for cappuccino, very good .. but I only had one big cup.
Neither did we try The Kings Spring that is located in the restaurant, what I understand doesn’t it taste that great – last time I had afternoon tea … there was a cost for a glass of the spring water, but this year it was for free.
For a couple of years ago Paula and I had afternoon at The Ritz in London, but I was so disappointed over the whole thing, the mini scones as fantastic, but the rest was just a shamble. Costed us an arm and a leg each, but we had champagne that time. Not worth the money.
The best afternoon tea I have enjoyed was at Fortnum & Mason also in London, that was worth every penny and the service was out of this world, but The Pump Room comes as clear second.
Paula stood over the Roman Bath because she has problems with walking in stairs … and I been and seen it before, but I would like to bring Oscar with me – so that is on my bucket list for next Bristol visit. In the spring I hope.What I understand has the redevelopment has been very successful.
The Roman Baths attracts around one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.
In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years.
In 836 BC the spring was discovered by the British king Bladud who built the first baths. After the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the first decade of the 5th century, these fell into disrepair and were eventually lost due to silting up and flooding,. In 12th century when John of Tours built a curative bath over the King’s Spring reservoir and the 16th century when the city corporation built a new bath (Queen’s Bath) to the south of the Spring.
After leaving The Pump Room we went inside a gift & souvenir shop … and after that we lost track of each other. I was standing out side the shop for nearly 60 min before I gave up and started to walk on my own. I was worried over that Paula wasn’t to be find and I didn’t really feel for walking around Bath. So I took a short stroll and then back to bus station and I when I enter our hotel room around 5pm she was sitting in her bed writing post cards.
You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at this lovely restaurant. You can book table online, as I did. And they do fantastic cocktails, we saw them as the passed our table.
If you ever visit Bristol or UK in general … Bath is a MUST and so is a visit to The Pump Room.
I did a post about Bath in 2012 – here is the link: spa in ad 43 … blinis and jane plus a hole in the wall
“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”
Roman Bath image provided by and thanks to: theroadtobritannia.com