The Top 5 Best Afternoon Tea's In Bath
Afternoon Tea is a beautiful British tradition and with the reputation of being a bit of a ‘girly’ activity, it’s fast becoming a favourite for hen parties to indulge in across an afternoon before they take part in some more traditional (and well, perhaps, rowdier!) hen party activities in the evening! This makes a Bath afternoon tea the perfect activity to invite older, shyer or less active wedding guests to. You can include everyone in different parts of your day and accommodate everyone.
Bath is the UK’s most famous spa city, and so a popular destination for hens, so it’s easy to find beauty, health and wellbeing treatments there, but what about afternoon tea in Bath? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. This is our guide to ‘taking tea’ in Bath and what you can expect to find in Somerset’s largest city. Let’s call it Bath-ternoon Tea!
A Hen Do Afternoon Tea in Bath
Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset, but by all accounts, its not a huge place. Fear not though: there are still plenty of places to enjoy afternoon tea in Bath and even in venues nestled amongst other hen-related activities. Bath is still very popular with tourists from all over the world, and the locals extend fantastic hospitality to all.
Bath afternoon tea service hours varies dependent on venue, but as a rough guide you can expect to be able to enjoy it from 12:30-4pm at most places. You’ll need to book in advance, particularly for large groups and to cater for dietary requirements. The best time of year to take afternoon tea is usually between May-September, in order to avoid any inclement weather and the hordes of tourists that descend on the city for Christmas and then January sales season.
Types of Afternoon Teas on offer in Bath
Because of the hospitality culture the city offers, you’ll find plenty of venues offering afternoon tea in Bath. There’s something to cover most budgets, types of hen party and appetite. As with most larger cities, you shouldn’t have any problems finding vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or other dietary requirement options for Bath afternoon tea, but we would recommend booking in advance and letting the venue know – so that they can get creative with your sandwiches and cakes!
Our Top 5 Places to Visit for an Afternoon Tea in Bath
It’s true: there’s so many great options for Bath afternoon tea, we’ve got five top picks rather than our usual three! There are many traditional Bath afternoon tea options as well as some offering twists on tradition, so read on for more info on what’s available to find the right afternoon tea for your party.
Here’s the lowdown on our sandwich-cake-and-lots-of-tea favourites…
Bath Pump Rooms
Afternoon tea in Bath Pump Rooms is perhaps the most elegant and traditional that you’ll find in the city – quintessentially British, very high class and of the utmost quality. Prices start at £19.50 per head, and you’ll find a range of options including champagne high tea and cream tea available. Booking is essential, and private dining areas are available for larger groups. Afternoon tea in Bath Pump Rooms will be unforgettable and is a great excuse to get glammed up!
The Bath Priory
The Bath Priory is a notable hotel just a short stroll from Bath city centre and remains family-run, even having won many awards and gained popularity and notoriety with travel publications throughout. Specialising in incorporating local ingredients into their afternoon tea menus, the Bath Priory offer a variety of options including seasonal and themed teas throughout the year.
Bath Royal Crescent Hotel
Afternoon tea at the Bath Royal Crescent is best enjoyed al fresco; in the beautiful English gardens of the hotel (so book in across the summer months to really benefit!). Afternoon tea at the Bath Royal Crescent is the ideal choice for real tea buffs, as their tea range is exclusively supplied by Ronnefeldt and created using local ingredients from around the world. Add sparkle with some champagne but don’t feel like it’s too formal – children are welcome and they have their own afternoon tea menu to choose from too!
Regency Tea Rooms
The Regency Tea Rooms injects a bit of culture into your sarnies and cakes, as it’s situated directly above the Jane Austen Centre exhibition. A traditional tea rooms without too many frills, it makes a great afternoon tea for those looking perhaps to not dress up too formally or spend too much money. Staff are uniformed in period dress and always on hand to offer fantastic service. They don’t normally take bookings in July or August, as there’s a festival on downstairs, so if you’re looking to host your hen party then, get in touch with them as early as possible.
Comptoir and Cuisine
Comptoir and Cuisine is a city-centre bistro that serves only the most beautiful food and drink and is always well reviewed by foodies. A very non-traditional Bath afternoon tea, you can enjoy sampling sandwiches, scones, cakes and teas in a deli-style restaurant. It’s not the cheapest afternoon tea in the city but it’s worth trying: for the £48pp, you’ll get two glasses of crisp cold champagne, two teas, six cheeses with bread, fruits and jams, four macarons, two biscuits roses de reine and two salted caramel canelé! And of course, if that doesn’t fill you up, you can then shop for takeaway items from the vast delicatessen of expertly sourced food and drinks… perfect if you’re staying in a nearby hotel or lodge and may need some snacks later on.
The Perfect Bath Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea in Bath comes in many shapes and sizes, so you can be sure to find the right fit for your hen party. Indulge and enjoy, and if you like, incorporate it into a whole weekend of plans. There’s scope for everyone and everything in the spa city, so your hen can be treated to a trip she’ll never forget!