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The Ultimate Afternoon Tea Round-Up

Afternoon Tea Bath

Afternoon tea in Bath is something I get asked about a lot. I don’t know whether it’s the Austen vibes in the air round here, making people long for dainty patisserie & finger sandwiches served on exquisite china to the accompaniment of the harp, or just because everyone knows I love a piece of cake, but I’m often asked for my recommendations.

If you’ve read my post from a couple of months ago, then you’ll know that when money is no object, my absolute favourite spot for afternoon tea in Bath is the Royal Crescent Hotel – from mouth-watering food to stunning location, it ticks all the boxes. But I don’t think they’d mind me saying that it’s not something you can afford to do every week – so as a follow-up, I’ve put together a list of other spots in Bath where you can be assured of a simply smashing tea (as the Famous Five might say) on a slightly more accommodating budget, and sometimes with a bit of a twist too. Let’s tuck in…

 

Bea’s Tearooms: The Classic Option

Hidden away at the top of Saville Row, near the famous Assembly Rooms, this stylish 1940s-themed tearoom is my number one recommendation to anyone looking for a classically fabulous afternoon tea. The food is absolutely sublime – but although the cakes at Bea’s are sensational, it’s the savoury afternoon tea here that really impressed me, with a selection of feather-light tarts and quiches and incredibly light, rich cheese scones that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. It’s all served on a collection of the most beautiful vintage china and silverware, which really completes the experience.

How much does it cost? £15 per person, for either the sweet & savoury or just savoury menu. The first menu includes sandwiches, scones with jam & cream, and a slice of cake, whilst the second one offers sandwiches, tartlets & quiches, and cheese scones, and tea is included for both options. Considering how generous the portions are and how delicious the food is, I can’t help feeling that this is a huge bargain.

Where is it? 6-8 Saville Row, Bath, BA12QP.

www.beasvintagetearooms.com

 

Savoury Afternoon Tea

Savoury afternoon tea

 

Comin’s Teahouse: The Serious Tea-Lover’s Option

Whatever you think of when you imagine a teahouse in Bath, I’m willing to bet that Comin’s will surprise you as something completely different. It’s a wonderfully tranquil space, with clean white walls and bare wooden floorboards, where taking tea is accorded the reverence due to such an important act. You can choose from a huge range of single-estate loose-leaf teas, all carefully selected & imported by Comins themselves, and all served with the correct traditional utensils and vessels – or you can get the lovely staff to recommend a tea for you, and find out just how much these chaps know about their chai (hint: it’s a lot). But it’s not just about the tea – the cakes aren’t half bad either. My particular favourites were a flourless chocolate sponge (light and yet rich, fabulous) and a pistachio, coconut and orange cake which was new on the day I visited, but has now deservedly become part of the regular menu.

How much does it cost? £15 per person. The afternoon tea menu here includes a selection of tartines (that’s French for open sandwiches – my favourite was the coronation chicken), followed by tasters of all that day’s cakes, and one of Comin’s blueberry scones with jam and cream. You also get two different teas – one to go with the savouries, and one to go with the sweet dainties – which you can either choose or have chosen for you.

Where is it? 34 Monmouth St, Bath, BA12AN.

www.cominstea.com

 

Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder green tea, served in a traditional Chinese gaiwan bowl

 

 

Afternoon Tea

Excellent cakes from Comin’s!


The San Francisco Fudge Factory: The Serious Sweet-Tooth Option

This is afternoon tea as Willy Wonka might have imagined it: cakes, sweets and sugary confections without a sensible sandwich in sight. I should also mention that there is no tea – instead, it’s all washed down with a glass of bubbly. But I’ve decided that it still counts as afternoon tea, because you can eat it at teatime – and also because it’s simply enormous fun. The Fudge Factory is easy to spot in Bath because there’s always a crowd of people looking in the window at their amazing concoctions, including their famous fudge apples – that’s an apple on a stick covered in fudge, chocolate, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Who said getting your five a day was boring?

How much does it cost? Afternoon tea here includes a glass of prosecco, a slice of cake, a fudge apple of your choice, and a selection of different fudges, which you can also choose, all made freshly on-site – I’d particularly recommend the salted caramel, and the chocolate chilli. I have to confess that I couldn’t eat it all though, so yes, if you’re wondering, they do also offer doggy bags to take home.

Where is it? 6 Church Street, Abbey Green, Bath, BA1 1NL

www.sanfranciscofudge.co.uk

 

Fudge

Fabulous fudge

 

 

Chocolate Apples

Forget toffee apples, get yourself a fudge apple!

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    26th August 2016 at 6:44 am

    Some surprising info here, including the excellent value at Bea's, which i was not aware of. And you've just given me an idea for a walking Afternoon Tea Tour which I can offer to hen parties! Thank you Sal.

  • Reply
    Sally Godfrey
    26th August 2016 at 9:39 am

    Thanks Jennifer! An afternoon tea tour sounds incredible – let me know if you need a consultant!!

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