Meeting up with an old friend who I first met over 30 years ago deserved a special place for a reunion so we decided to spend the weekend in Bath and to treat ourselves to a Champagne afternoon tea.
After looking at various options such as The Pump House and Bailbrook House we decided to go 5 star and booked the 5pm slot at The Royal Crescent Hotel.
We spent the day in Bath looking at the sites & shops and headed to the Royal Crescent late afternoon – we arrived and thought which one is the Hotel but being a Grade one listed building the entrance to the hotel is very discreet. The concierge greeted and us and took us through to the area for tea. It was like stepping into a different world, you could not believe the hustle and bustle of Bath was so close, with a beautiful tranquil garden filled with roses, lavender and other flowers, we decided to sit outside as whilst it was overcast we wanted to enjoy the garden and people watch the other couples, groups of ladies and the hotel guests at this Relais & Chateaux Hotel!
Our order was taken for a Royal Crescent Tea – with a glass of bubbly included my friend ordered Earl Grey and a Hot chocolate for me as I don’t drink tea. The waiter then laid the table with pristine linen napkins, knifes, forks and plates before arriving with our tea which he describe in detail and consisted of
Selection of delicate finger sandwiches – egg and cress / crème fraiche, chives and cucumber / cream cheese and smoked salmon / ham and tomato
Selection of cakes – chocolate and cream Viennese biscuits / pistachio sponge with butter icing / rosewater & raspberry macaroons / mini mango tarts with meringue / chocolate & walnut cake
Plus traditional Bath buns and scones with cream and jam.
We then decided to order another glass of Champagne and the waiter also refreshed the Earl Grey tea along with new pot, hot water and cup!
Would highly recommend The Royal Crescent Hotel for a special occasion afternoon tea, the cost was £50.00 per head but decided it was well worth it for the ambience and attentive but not obtrusive staff.
After sitting and enjoying our tea for over an hour we then walked around the gardens and could have stayed over but with rooms from £510 BB we decided to head back to our holiday cottage with the happy memories of the day.