A recent weekend trip to Bath included a well-earned rest in the gardens of The Royal Crescent Hotel whilst taking afternoon tea (the second such treat for me that week). We started off on comfortable sofas inside The Dower House at the end of the garden, but as the late afternoon weather was so beautiful we moved outside, aided by an attentive waitress carrying our three-tier cakestand and teapots, to enjoy the sun.
The sandwiches were nice and traditional, with a particularly good ham and tomato version. The scones were a little bit on the compact side, but they were redeemed by a lovely miniature Bath Bun which was served in tandem with the scones. Sadly, it was far to hot for us to truly enjoy the rich selection of pastries, which lingered and lingered on our plates.
It was a beautiful afternoon, with attentive service and the amazing sight of hot-air balloons floating past above The Crescent's roof line. Quite magical.
Tea list: A good selection of alternative teas, but very few black teas to choose from.
Atmosphere: Very relaxing, rather informal yet probably also quite romantic.