Afternoon Tea, the ultimate version

Foto0002 (4)One of the most elegant teas one can imagine having, must be, I’m sure, at the Pump Room in Bath. At least for us regular folk, as the Pump Room is elegant, but does not require its guests to be. It is a bit of a tourist trap, as you come out of the Roman Baths (what a great museum that is! more on that at a later date), but so what? We are tourists, after all, and at least one of us knows her Austen back and forth. We inquired after Afternoon Tea, which is quite a meal, and returned later in the afternoon for it, after having checked out how the Georgians lived at the Royal Crescent No 1.

Elegant living at the Royal Crescent.
Elegant living at the Royal Crescent.
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There was live entertainment at the end of the room, a pianist, a violinist, and a cellist filling the air with lovely music.
You start from below with the sandwiches, then have the scones with clotted cream and jam, and congratulations to you if you have any more room for the sweets on top! We prefer Assam tea with that.
You start from below with the sandwiches, then have the scones with clotted cream and jam, and congratulations to you if you have any more room for the sweets on top! We prefer Assam tea with that.
A painting by John Sanders, showing what an assembly at the Pum Rooms might have looked iike a few years before Jane Austen lived here.
A painting by John Sanders, showing what an assembly at the Pump Rooms might have looked like a few years before Jane Austen lived here.
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The Pump Room entrance.

We only had a day in Bath, and I think you need two or three for the entire Bath experience (the Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum, the Jane Austen Museum, the Abbey Tower tour), but for me, this time, the Baths, the No 1, and tea at the Pump Room was entirely adequate. We also took a turn in the Parade gardens, walked across Pulteney Bridge, and even had time for a shared plate of local delicacies at the Roman Baths Kitchen before we headed back to the station.

I am linking this post to the T Tuesday Party at Elisabeth & Bluebeard’s. Happy T-Day!

An attempt at drawing the Pulteney Bridge. Not very accurate, I'm afraid.
An attempt at drawing the Pulteney Bridge. Not very accurate, I’m afraid.
The river Avon again. Not sure it is exactly the same one as before...
The river Avon again. Not sure it is exactly the same one as before…
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17 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea, the ultimate version”

  1. Oh you lucky travelers!
    Bath is a wonderful place so full of life and history.
    We got to visit a couple of years ago and also wished we had a few days instead of just one there.
    We took our traveling tea cup along but sadly we missed having a splendid tea like yours. Enjoy * Enjoy your travels and Happy T Day oxo

  2. What a beautiful place and that “TEA” looks and sounds so lovely!!! I like your sketch a lot… who cares if it’s totally accurate…. you have captured the essence of the view ♥ Thanks for sharing your lovely trip.

  3. Our daughter visited Bath a few years ago, so it was fun to see your photos. Unfortunately, she only had a few hours there (school trip) and did not get to go to Tea, but she would have loved it. I’m going to show her this post when she gets home from work tonight!
    Happy T Day!

  4. Oooo, what a treat! The kind of tea that makes a meal sounds entirely perfect 🙂

    We love “playing tourist” even in our own city, so I’m definitely good with the entire tourist experience when I go someplace else.

  5. I can’t believe how far behind I’ve gotten, especially after the weekend I spent on the internet. I had an internet friend who lived in Bath. This was back before blogs and even before Windows and photos. DOS and text were all we had back then, and I had it only because I was at University. He sent me lovely photos of the bath house, the Royal Crescent, and the Avon as it split (or seemed to) in the center of town.

    I was truly impressed with your painting, and I was even more thrilled with your afternoon tea. I have seen a few of these on the internet, but never realized what course was what. Now I know you start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

    Thanks for sharing your Bath experience with us for T this Tuesday. I’ll be back to check out what else I’ve missed later today.

  6. Oh wow! What travelers you are!!! My traveling has been so limited of late that i really enjoyed your photos and wonderful description… Your art work is just amazing and it doesn’t have to be JUST like the real thing . It is your impression of it after all isn’t it?! Big T Day Hugs! deb

  7. Now that’s what I call having tea! Like your drawing and enjoyed the photo’s. Must have been quite a wonderful day out.

    Darla

  8. My friend recently visited bath and also had a fab time there 😀 Your afternoon tea looks delicious. I hope ours will be just as nice in London. I would love to go to Bath one day, but unless they have ‘good’ buses there then Wee Man will not be interested, lol. 😀 I hope you had a great time in London too 😀 I’m excited to be off in three sleeps, but not as much as Wee Man I dare say, bless him. His birthday will be one to remember for a long time I think 😀 I feel very blessed to be able to take him to do things he may not otherwise be able to do 😀
    Cherries don’t grow here either Viktoria, but I take advantage of the low prices when they are in season and indulge myself everyday 😉
    Happy Happy T Day 😀

  9. Oh wow! Some day…some way…I want to make it to Europe. The history and architecture fascinate me. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy T day…a day late!

  10. Love your photos and sketches! the food looks yummy…and thanks for the link in your comment to me…wasn’t familiar with the artist’s work but now must look at more of it–lovely!

  11. Looks like you are enjoying your travels. Looking forward to hearing more about it once you are back. We like your sketches. Andy is fascinated and wishes he would come around to doing more of it. I guess the computer has a stronger attraction… I am a bit jealous of the afternoon tea. ?
    Hugs / Gela

    1. Ah, yes, it has been wonderful and we have seen and done so much we are almost dizzy! You would have looooved the Pump Room. I now have about 2 weeks until Konst i det gröna – slightly stressed! Not a single thing ready! :-O

  12. Isn’t it lovely! We used to live near Bath (in Keynsham) and would regularly go to Bath with a friend for lunch and some shopping, or going to the ‘silver screen’ film theatre (morning showing of a quality film, coffee and cake included in the ticket… for the over 50s).
    Have you been to the Spa? It has a rooftop pool with stunning views over Bath!
    Have fun!
    Lisca

    1. Lucky you, you seem to have lived in so many nice places! We passed Keynsham on the train! We did not go to the Spa. Not really our thing, public bathing, but most people do enjoy it. They have something similar in our neighbouring town, Boden, where some 20 years ago (when I did go to public baths) I lounged in a heated pool on a rooftop, looking at some new military recruits taking winter diving lessons in a hole in the ice on the lake below – it was -20 degrees C at the time!

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