There’s nothing more quintessentially English than sitting down to a traditional afternoon tea, and you will find this tasty treat at many of Bath’s cafés, restaurants and tearooms. Whether your idea of the perfect afternoon tea includes dainty sandwiches and cakes, scones slathered with jam and clotted cream, or one of Bath’s famous speciality buns, the city has plenty of mouth-watering options…
1. Abbey Hotel Bath’s afternoon teas combine all your favourite British classics with some quirky twists, with a selection of sandwiches, cheese scones with herb butter, and a stunning selection of sweets all on the menu.
2. Whether you enjoy yours on the Plate terrace overlooking Bath Abbey, or curled up in a cosy corner indoors, afternoon tea at The Bird, Bath is an unmissable treat. Their flight of homemade cakes and pastries and flock of sandwiches are served up with your choice of tea, coffee, fancy fizz or G&Tea.
3. Treat yourself to a delectable assortment of savouries, warm scones with seasonal jams, and irresistible mini cakes and puddings at Browns Bath.
4. Bring a little extra je ne sais quoi to your day with Café Rouge’s classic afternoon tea offer. Enjoy two tantalising tiers serving a selection of sumptuous sweet treats alongside a generous plate of French-inspired savouries.
5. The Gainsborough Bath Spa’s Canvas Room offers the perfect place to relax and socialise in style. Their traditional afternoon teas are available to enjoy in the Canvas Room, and should be booked 72 hours in advance.
6. For something a bit different, book a Gin High Tea with Circo Bar. Combining a classic high tea experience with a history of gin and a semi-professional gin tasting, you will create your own gin using a cold compound method and taste a selection of premium gins while learning the stories behind each one.
7. Situated in the historic Lilliput Court, the Courtyard Café offers a tasty cream tea with scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam and a pot of tea, or a boozy cream tea with a glass of wine or Cansecco.
8. No.15 Great Pulteney’s afternoon teas honour the noble tradition, but with playful flavours giving a twist for today. Enjoy dainty sandwiches, canapés, scones and cakes, all made using the finest British ingredients.
9. An afternoon tea from Slug & Lettuce Bath comes in a beautiful bird cage filled with tasty treats. Indulge in tasty savouries, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a range of delicious miniature desserts, with a bottomless option for those looking to maximise the festivities.
10. Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at Emily’s Tea Room at the Francis Hotel. A feast for the eyes, their beautifully presented afternoon teas combine quintessentially English favourites with seasonal offerings and speciality delights.
11. Head to Abbey Street for a traditional afternoon tea at Hands Georgian Tearoom. Opt for a two-tiered high tea or a clotted cream tea, with all meals served by staff members in period uniform for an authentic feel, and an in-house pianist who plays most weekends and afternoons.
12. Tuck into an indulgent Summer Garden afternoon tea from The Ivy Bath Brasserie, which offers savoury treats including brioche rolls and finger sandwiches alongside sweets including a vanilla meringue butterfly and a chocolate caramel flowerpot.
13. Take some time out and indulge in a decadent spread of sweet and savoury treats at the Orange Artichoke at Apex City of Bath Hotel. Pick from a traditional cream tea, The Light Tea, or go the full hog with The Afternoon Tea.
14. With its Corinthian columns, glittering chandelier and spa fountain, the Pump Room Restaurant embodies what was once the heart of the Georgian social scene. Enjoy their sumptuous interpretation of the afternoon tea, with a delicious sweet and savoury selection, or for something a bit lighter, try the traditional Bath bun with cinnamon butter.
15. Treat yourself to a deliciously decadent afternoon in the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa’s English gardens. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, exquisite pastries and cakes, and a choice of Ronnefeldt teas from around the world, with the option of adding some sparkle with a flute or flight of Tattinger Champagne.
16. For a true taste of Bath, head to Sally Lunn’s, a world-famous tea house situated in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Try the Bath delicacy, the Sally Lunn bun, topped with Scottish smoked salmon, strawberry jam and clotted cream, lemon curd and clotted cream, or cinnamon butter, or opt for a Cornish cream tea.
17. Overlooking the River Avon and the historic Pulteney Bridge, the Secret Garden at DoubleTree by Hilton Bath offers a unique dining experience, with a delicious afternoon tea with a view.
18. Head to Sweet Little Things for an afternoon tea in incredibly Instagrammable surrounds. Their traditional afternoon tea can be ordered with breakfast tea, prosecco or gin and tonic, with vegan and gluten-free options available. For the little ones, they also offer a kids’ afternoon tea, or if you fancy something lighter, you can opt for a cream tea.
19. Indulge in a beautiful set of delicate desserts, accompanied by delightful finger sandwiches and Teahouse Emporium tea at Underwood. Be sure to book in advance to enjoy this unforgettable treat.