The Pump Room

Afternoon tea, British·

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££££ - £30 - £49
Afternoon tea, British
Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Built in 1795 and now part of the city’s World Heritage Site, the Pump Room is a marvel of Georgian splendour and a magnet for tourists. Located above the Roman Baths, most of the features of the Pump Room remain unchanged, including the spa water that still spurts from its famous fountain overlooking the natural hot spring. Mentioned in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, it’s as popular a destination now as it was when it first opened.

Run by Searcys, the Pump Room restaurant offers daytime sustenance ranging from cooked brunch and elevenses with Bath buns, to Champagne afternoon teas. The popular brunch includes two poached eggs on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce and either grilled ham, smoked salmon or mushroom and spinach and is served with a pot of tea or hand-roasted filter coffee.

Many choose to visit the Pump Room for afternoon tea, though, as the surroundings lend themselves perfectly to this quintessential pastime. The afternoon tea menus champion local producers from around Bath and the surrounding area, meaning sandwiches are made with bread from Bakers of Bath, cheese from Pensworth Dairies and meat from Bath’s family butcher, Bartlett & Sons. Expect savoury delights like smoked cheddar rarebit with apple and cider chutney, followed by crumbly buttery scones and delicate pastries.

There are several traditional set teas to choose from, including the Beau Nash Cream Tea, the Somerset High Tea, the Traditional Pump Room Tea, and the Pump Room Champagne Tea. All packages include unlimited refills of loose leaf tea and coffee from the impressive house collection.  

The drinks list at the Pump Rooms is loaded with celebratory bubbles, wines and cocktails, though there are softs too. Booking ahead is highly recommended, especially on weekends and particularly for afternoon tea slots, so if you have your heart set on visiting, it’s best to make a reservation well in advance.


When is afternoon tea served?

Afternoon tea is served everyday at the following sittings: 12-1.30pm, 2-3.30pm or 4-5.30pm.

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Searcys at the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1LZ

01225 444477 01225 444477


Opening Times

Mon 10:00-11:30
Tue 10:00-11:30
Wed 10:00-11:30
Thu 10:00-11:30
Fri 10:00-11:30
Sat 10:00-11:30
Sun 10:00-11:30
Afternoon Tea
Mon 12:00-17:30
Tue 12:00-17:30
Wed 12:00-17:30
Thu 12:00-17:30
Fri 12:00-17:30
Sat 12:00-17:30
Sun 12:00-17:30


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