The Pump Room

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Built in the early 1790s, The Pump Room is one of the city’s most elegant places to enjoy stylish, modern-British cuisine. Offering brunch, lunch and traditional teas, it remains the destination to meet, dine and soak up the entertainment. Historically frequented by Bath high society, the splendid Georgian features are almost unchanged, creating a timeless feel, enhanced by the famous Pump Room Trio and resident pianists. Guests can also still enjoy taking the waters with curative powers of the hot springs. Popular dishes: Brunch: Free range poached eggs, lightly toasted muffin, Hollandaise sauce and scottish smoked salmon; Lunch: Celeriac and blue cheese tart, apple, walnut salad; hearty Wiltshire ox cheek, bacon dumpling and autumn vegetables; marmalade Bath Bun bread and butter pudding or smooth, velvety egg custard and nutmeg tart>Afternoon Tea:
Beau Nash Tea and Glass of English Greyfriars Somerset High Tea with local specialities including delicious local cider and apple cake

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Sparkling brunch: £16

Start your day in style with a delicious sparkling brunch whilst listening to the resident pianist.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 2 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Daily 09:30-11:30

3 course lunch, chilled glass prosecco, tea & coffee £32.50pp

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 2 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:00

What 573 People Are Saying
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TH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my sisters birthday. The atmosphere was lovely, the music just right. Our waitress was lovely, very personable

DE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We’d prebooked for 12:45 on Saturday. When we arrived it wasn’t clear what the process was, no one greeted us on arrival, there was no sign saying wait here to be seated. I approached a desk where two members of staff, one I suspect was the manager were in conversation and didn’t acknowledge me at all until they finished their discussion, not customer friendly at all. Once we were seated the waitress was attentive, food was lovely, although the savoury section of the traditional A tea could have been better. Cakes Anne scones were delicious, piano in background was lovely and building impressive.

AT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful tea room with lovely staff. I do think it is overpriced though

IM
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The afternoon tea was most acceptable. At £27 each it’s certainly not cheap but for a one off experience we did enjoy our afternoon out.

SC
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon tea which was a treat for my mother's 87 birthday. The waitress went overboard to make sure our experience was enjoyed. Loved the birthday cake with candle & the musicians playing Happy Birthday, a really nice touch. Thank you.

R
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience coming here! As an avid Jane Austen reader, it was great to see the pump room in person! Service was great and food was delicious!

NG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon! We enjoyed the traditional afternoon tea and one of our group had the savoury Somerset tea. The food was all delicious! The service was attentive, and the atmosphere was lovely with a trio playing classical music. Would definitely recommend.

SC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful environment with piano music and delightful afternoon experience. It would be good to have more choice or a pick & mix on afternoon tea menu to cater more individually.

IJ
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very delicious and we had what I would say was the best table in the whole place, overlooking the river. The only downside to our evening was that I had requested a candle go in a dessert as we were there to celebrate my wife’s birthday but this was overlooked.
I would comeback if we are in Bath again though

KT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely. The room, history, service and food. Loved every minute of our lunch.

RN
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to the Pump Room on other occasions, and the standard never falls below very good. The staff are very attentive, the food very good, and the online booking procedure works very well. We look forward to our next visit.

EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful afternoon tea with good service accompanied by a delightful pianist, the perfect ambience to a great afternoon.

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere with the pianist/ classical music playing - not too loud either which was nice (though we were the other side of the room). Afternoon tea (the classic one) was plentiful but we felt the sandwiches weren’t quite the perfection you expect from a classic tea selection. If you’re going to do egg and cress, do it perfectly! The mini-patisseries were amazing though & we only managed 1 scone between two. We shared the classic and the Somerset tea which came with a cider which was a nice touch. If we’d gone for the Apple juice, I would have been disappointed with the amount of food for the price (£19.50 for scotch egg, (large) sausage roll & apple crumble loaf cake + cider or juice). Overall we had a lovely birthday treat in a beautiful building - that chandelier!!

SH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, really enjoyed it, very relaxed would recommend

RG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting, had three course lunch and each course was delicious.

SA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High tea in a Jane Austen setting,. A regency romance novel lover”s dream.

LL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thankyou staff at Pump Room, Bath. Marvellous food, super ambiance and caring waiting staff. I can not recommend enough. I will be back. Also the actual spa waters to drink taste Fantastic!

AK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Afternoon Tea with Champagne was very tasty,the personal very kind, but we had reserved at 12.00 and we had to wait for the service.It is an ancient nice place, but there are lot of tourist. In anycase typical for Bath, I suppose.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining experience perfection.... !
Food was delicious and served quickly, waiting service from the time I arrived to the time I left was excellent, attentive, courteous and professional. I had brunch and the poached eggs with smoked salmon was the best I have I ever tasted. And for the ambience and venue, just amazing.!

KM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Having visited over many years I was so hugely disappointed by everything.
The front door was not open although I had a booked table for 10:15 for breakfast.
There was confusion over my order and the Waitress dealt with my issue with lack of understanding and I had to just ‘put up with it’ as I had apparently misread the item ordered.
Was the fresh orange juice really freshly squeezed. I really do not believe it was
The tables are drab and what used to feel of class felt like a place to make easy money from tourists.
I was treating friends from another country and having said how wonderful it would be for breakfast I was embarrassed. I will not visit again.

WL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Probably would suit more mature people, we visited as it was part of a Spa Deal. We booked and had a table available when we arrived, those who hadn't booked were waiting around an hour. Very nice lunch, good quality food with live concert style music.

s
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky to receive our visit to the Pump Room as a gift from our daughter and son-in-law. We had booked online but we were early. It wasn't a problem, they were able to fit us in soon after we arrived. The Somerset tea was delicious and be warned, it was also very filling. I tried the warm spring water too and drank the whole glass. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was charming. It was a great experience.

VM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The champagne afternoon tea was the purfect way to finish of our Anniversary. We had booked an Ancient and Modern package so had enjoyed a relaxing morning floating our troubles away in the Thermal Spa an planned to explore the Roman baths tomorrow morning. Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Bath City

TD
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and enjoyed the pianist who played happy birthday when a cup cake with a candle was presented to our friend which was totally unexpected and a lovely end to the afternoon tea.

E
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, attentive service and soothing music in an iconic location. Fish cakes were delightful.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and range of choice for afternoon tea. Worth the experience, especially as they did something extra for my partners birthday.

DB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience of having lunch in The Pump Room met my expectations. The food and ambiance was everything I could have wished for and the piano player was exceptional. The staff were friendly and helpful, with nothing being too much effort for them.

LP
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiting staff are poorly organised. Instead of one person dealing with a set number of tables there are many doing odd jobs which makes for a disjointed service and some long waits for menus/courses etc. It could be that there are just not enough staff when times are busy.

QC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Our waiter served the first portion of my meal, then forgot the second part when he went on break. No one else filled water glasses or asked if we needed anything. Had to ask another server to cancel balance of meal. No apologies from waiter or maitre’d.

EM
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my mum for a very belated Mother's Day present and we had a lovely time. The food was lovely, the pianist very talented and our waiter was fantastic. I would say this is a must when you're in Bath. Booking on OpenTable was very easy too and I'm so glad I did as people were being turned away for tables for 2 due to a long wait

EH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A lovely setting but food was nothing special and staff were a bit gruff/short. Probably something of a style over substance.

KS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having read lots of books set in the regency period, many set in Bath, visiting the Pump room was on my bucket list. I was so pleased with my visit there. A beautiful room, perfect for a delicious afternoon tea, whilst listening to beautiful music.

DP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was excellent. The room is well managed, the staff both courteous and attentive. The service is swift, yet not hurried. The food is superb, visually exciting, and tastes divine ...

GB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing. Booked a few days before my birthday, had to wait half an hour when I arrived. My booking was 1 30pm, however I do like to arrive early. Food was rather disappointing, had the whole baked plaice which was dry and over cooked. Had to remind restaurant manager that I had a booking for 1 30pm. Otherwise, would have still been sitting in the reception area. Not good, won’t rush back.

WM
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Pump Room to celebrate a special birthday. We were seated close to the stage and were royally entertained by both the pianist and the trio that followed him. Our waiter was happy to explain details of all the food and took careful note of our special diet requirements. The food was excellent and although the Pump Room was busy we were not rushed to finish our meal. On letting slip the reason for our visit a cup cake with a candle appeared and the trio played Happy Birthday. The pot of tea to finish off our meal was made with real tea leaves. All in all a wonderful lunch with great memories created.

RH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Service excellent, Food fine but really needed imaginative vegan option as well as vegetarian one.
Music far too loud and really spoiled our experience. Without the music, or much quieter music, and a vegan option, it could have been a very enjoyable experience.

S
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The room is beautiful to look at, even more fun to eat in. The chatter wasn't too loud and allowed us all to hear the wonderful music.
We had two different kinds of teas. This included a pot for each of us and a variety of foods. They were delicious but the deserts could use some work. They were overly sweet.
Will go back again.

D
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was very poor, we waited 15 minutes for them to produce a second pot of tea, and only 4 other tables were occupied at the time, so couldn’t claim they were busy! Waiters were quite brusque and surprised when I asked for the discretionary service charge to be removed.

JB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked the Pump Room for my husband's 86th Birthday tea. He has Alzheimer's and, as we are reading Jane Austen out loud at home, it seemed appropriate to keep the 'theme' going. We were not disappointed. Lovely tea, lovely piano playing, lovely room, lovely weather, lovely sitting on deck chairs in lovely Parade Gardens later (lovely gate attendant there!)... Think by now, you've got the message!

SO
Bath
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very expensive but hey whilst in Bath etc...….
I had pre-booked my table but after being shown to it I had to wait a long time for a server to take my order, and it wasn't that busy

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