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 delicious breakfasts, lunch and traditional afternoon teas, it remains the destination to meet, dine and soak up the entertainment daily. 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:
Morning:
Free range poached eggs, lightly toasted muffin, Hollandaise sauce and grilled Wiltshire ham
Lunch:
Bath Gin-cured salmon, fennel and rocket
Baked plaice, courgette and broad bean salad, lemon caper dressing
Lemon and honey posset, raspberry compote
Afternoon Tea:
Beau Nash Tea and Glass of English Greyfriars Somerset High Tea with local specialities including delicious local cider and apple cake

Special Offers

Summer evening dining: 3 courses, coffee & glass of sparkling wine £35

Enjoy a special summer evening dining in the Georgian splendour of the Pump Room Restaurant accompanied by their resident pianist.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 28 June 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Daily 18:00-20:30

What 468 People Are Saying
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Bath
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a treat for my birthday. I loved the atmosphere and the food was of high quality. The champagne was really good and the staff very professional. I definitely recommend visiting the place, I felt transported to another time. The classical music played live was an extra. It is expensive but is totally worth it.

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the pump room. We had an awful start to our day, our rent a car broke down just outside of London, so we missed our trip to Stonehenge. So we rushed as fast as we could to do the torch lit night and the pump room. Unfortunately, we made our dinner reservation, but missed the Roman baths and champagne. Luckily, one of your staff went out of their way to find time during our dinner to let us have our champagne by the Roman baths. I regret I don’t remember her name, but I think she was a manager that night, dressed in a black suit with a blonde ponytail. I may have forgot her name but I won’t forget what she did for me and my husband. Beautiful ending to a horrific day.

KP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Personally really enjoyed our visit especially the live piano music and v good service and of course historic location. My food was really nice, but my friend who was vegetarian only had one ‘choice’ per course -so none at all in effect- and the egg was underdone, and the sauce looked congealed. She did say the dessert, mint choc chip ice cream, was very nice. I would definitely recommend a visit but would phone ahead and ask for specific veggie options next time.

K
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to experience high tea

CB
Bath
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed afternoon tea at the pump room. The ambiance was particularly pleasant with first the pianist and then the pump room trio playing pleasant tunes. Service was good but for £27 per person the finger sandwiches were poor. Mine were pretty stale with a lot of crust and very little butter or filling. Cakes were tasty though and scones delicious. Just needed a little more cream and jam to go with them.

OT
Bath
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Setting very nice but crockery very disappointing as should be China. Service was fast and very nice but found the afternoon tea disappointing. Desserts were very sweet. Sandwiches were average. Lunch options were very nice apparently. Overall the ambiance was lacking atmosphere. Interesting to visit but not sure would repeat.

JG
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious evening menu. Not a huge choice but beautifully executed. Excellent service and atmosphere. Superb chocolate sundae!

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

I have been to The Pump Room many times, and finally ordered the perfect afternoon tea for me! So we shared the two scones (one is plenty), and had a plate of four pastries each - perfect! The scones were deliciously light. The choux bun, the fruit tart and the opera cake were excellent. The macarons a little disappointing. The music, and the room are lovely. I do wish, though, that the staff wouldn't use words like 'Cheers' and 'Lovely Jubbly'...

AV
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Never been before and we had brunch which was very nice. Service was good and it had a nice atmosphere
It was also very busy, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

RC
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent venue for a special occasion or just an evening meal. Excellent meet and greet service by the attentive and professional staff, matched perfectly by the quality of meals and wonderful ambience.

DE
Bath
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A lovely relaxing experience. I was given a voucher as a present and organising the table was very straightforward. Would definitely recommend this for a treat.

SL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous place to eat - I would definitely visit again!

JM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent thank you. .................................................................................................................................................................................................. Thank you.

PV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

I was really looking forward to our much anticipated visit to the pump rooms with my mum. Undoubtedly the building and venue is unique and spectacular. The ambience and musicians are undeniably special. However the food was average, over priced and disappointing. One of our party was a vegan and although being encouraged by the separate vegan menu (interestingly priced the same as the regular menu) there was apparently no other diary alteralnative than soy silk and the highly anticipated dessert; a vegan selection of cakes arrived partially frozen. It's not difficult to cater for alternative diets but the Pump Rooms failed spectacularly. The other dinners had tough chicken and our plaice had a strong by fishy taste suggesting it was less than fresh. A great venue is no excuse for poor and overpriced food. Unfortunately the Pump Rooms is little more than a predictable tourist trap. The staff and musicians were however wonderful and attentive.

DP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. Almost three hours for lunch is unacceptable anywhere. All the tables changed while we were there and the second seating was leaving before we left. For a $200.00 invoice it wasn't worth by any means. Your service should be ashamed. And if it was me the embarasiment would dictate a no charge for the meal. It was that bad of service. The meal was decent but the length of time it took to serve was the food a pale positive for your dinning.

Dan Painter.
PS. OpenTable should be embarrassed to be associated with the pump room

KP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to visit the pump room since reading Austen as a young teenager. When we booked our trip to Bath - making a reservation to the pump room was a no brainer. It did not disappoint.

KM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Afternoon tea here is an experience i've enjoyed several times. On this occasion a treat for two of my granddaughters aged 14 and 9. Now while i appreciate this place is not marketed as a family restaurant if your going to have a childrens menu make it a little more interesting. Ham or cheese sandwich, cup cake and jelly is hardly an exciting choice. My grandchildren hate jelly and squash so opted for a sandwich from the main menu only to be told this wasn't possible as sandwiches came as a selection and what would they do with the rest! Confirming what i suspected from my last visit when my sandwiches were dry, that they're not freshly made. In the end they had a sandwich from the childrens menu with a small bowl of chips and cake from the main menu. It really shouldn't be this complicated and for me rather spoilt the occasion.

LC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service and the most fantastic surroundings.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience with great musicians playing lovely music.
Lunch better than tea set. Good service.

MS
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most certainly. We stayed for as long we wanted to - to be looked after extremely.

MN
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning room, with a piano player providing a beautiful ambience to the experience. The portions were generous and filling, and the staff were very friendly. I especially liked the view of the Roman baths from the large windows.

OP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fab time and a member of staff bringing a surprise cup cake with a candle to my wife while the pianist played happy birthday was the icing on the cake.
Fantastic venue and friendly staff.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic traditional afternoon tea, good value and beautiful dining room.

t
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful room and layout. Lovely afternoon tea with a very tasty glass of champagne . The sandwiches were fresh the cakes tasty and the scones were still warm

CT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The room is beautiful. I liked the pianist and strings. The food was nice, I particularly liked the chicken salad. The service was good but the waitresses we had were a bit awkward to talk to.

AR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fabulous lunch at the Pump Room. There were 4 of us and we tried 3 different entrees. The food was well presented and very flavourful. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and we were sorry we had no room for dessert. The service was excellent and we will definitely dine at The Pump Room again.

j
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with music. The food was excellent and the waitress very pleasant and helpful. My friend and I were going on to the theatre so it fitted in nicely for our performance and the service was very good indeed. I have been many times before but yesterday was one of the better ones.

DF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance and musical entertainment was positively lovely. The food was adequate though not exemplary, and the service could have been more attentive given the venue. For the sheer ambiance, I would recommend giving the Pump Room a go when visiting Bath.

MW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great birthday treat. We had booked a table and got one right up in front of the stage. The classical trio playing was such a great extra to the already impressive venue. And they played happy birthday for me. I will recommend the champagne high tea at the Pump Room to anyone going to Bath.

LW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning location and wonderful food! Would absolutely return to enjoy it all over again. 10/10

HW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely and authentic atmosphere. Cake and coffee were very good and servers were friendly. It was quite quiet when we were there, but the atmosphere was still very pleasant. Although it's more than I would normally pay for coffee and cake, it was lovely and with the pleasant surroundings and live music, it was actually very good value for money. Would recommend if you like somewhere a bit different or special - if you're just looking for a quick bite for convenience, this isn't the place.

DD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such friendly and accommodating staff, took us back to the baths for a candlelight photo opportunity between our main and dessert.

AT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It is pricey but just remember what you are doing, it isn't just any old afternoon tea!

AP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Pump room. The room reflects the gorgeous architecture of Bath and the restaurant is very well maintained (very clean, everything in good condition). The food (assorted finger sandwiches, shrimp cocktail salad, scones with clotted cream and a lemon poppy seed cake) were beautifully presented and tasty. The tables had plenty of room in between so you didn't feel crowded. We really enjoyed the live music as well (piano, violin and cello). Service was good.

YS
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad experience. The waiters just work for the timed salary. They don’t smile, no food introduction or explain. The one star is for the cheap price.
The most ridiculous thing is while you pay the waiter will check the tip in front of you. They don’t even say “ thank you” if they don’t satisfy the amount.

D
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Pump Room is a great place to unwind from the hustle and bustle outside. I'd have given it 5 stars. Our only issue was for four people our table was a bit too small. The waiter recognised this so brought our four afternoon teas as two courses. Which was good. It didn't distract from the quality food or ambiance. But worth noting if coming as a group.

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon tea at The Pump Room. Food was very fresh and beautifully presented. It was my mum’s birthday and they arranged a small cake and ‘Happy Birthday’ player on the piano. Overall a lovely experience.

EH
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, very good food and we were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of the musicians- jolly nice breakfast indeed.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jane Austen would still feel at home at The Pump Room. The music was lovely, the food was delicious and we were waited upon with gracious efficiency. We enjoyed lunch so much that we returned the same day for dinner! I recommend it highly!

T
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxing atmosphere,good food and friendly staff.

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