The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

4.7
97 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Romance
The Dower House Restaurant offers Modern British-European cuisine with classic influences; a relaxed yet refined 3AA Rosette fine dining experience that consistently delivers interest, texture, flavour & balance.
The Dower House takes an innovative approach to vegetarian dining that embraces its place amongst today’s culinary diversity. We are also able to cater for coeliacs and those with other dietary requirements.
Our famous Afternoon Tea can be served outside in the Hotel’s leafy and secluded gardens accompanied by a selection of exclusive teas from across the world or perhaps a glass of Champagne. There’s something to suit every palette – you can choose from four different Afternoon Teas.
A relaxed dining affair is offered in the social hub of the Hotel at The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge, where all day dining is available The Bar’s creative cocktail menu and range of Champagnes offer guests the opportunity to relax and indulge.



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Wales
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant was nice food was disappointing, the flavours were average not well balanced. The overall experience was average the presentation was okay. It’s a typical hotel restaurant which is really unfortunate given it’s amazing location.

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great presentation and ambience, impeccable service. Beautiful setting too, great Georgian architecture. 5 stars!

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KS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible, in a beautiful building and the best food I’ve had in a long time. There was a pianist who played beautifully. Can’t commend highly enough

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, wonderful food - a lovely experience.

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MH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped in the restaurant earlier in the day to verify that the chef could accommodate my food allergies.
Sadly, the fish I had hoped for was not available that day, but we didn't know until we were seated.
Overall, the service was fabulous...somewhat of a ballet of duties, but what one expects of a Michelin restaurant. My allergies were accommodated and my husband enjoyed his conversations with the sommelier. Our server was delightful.
Overall, despite a wait to be seated, it was a wonderful experience I would recommend to anyone looking for a cultured dining experience.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to afternoon tea at The Dower House for my birthday and it certainly didn't disappoint! The choice of both sweet and savoury options were excellent and we decided to have one of each. The food was exceptional, delicious melt in the mouth morsels. There was a large selection of teas to try, with coffee and champagne if preferred. The service was fantastic. Every single staff member was very attentive to our needs at all times and made our experience feel special. The surroundings were beautiful. We would thoroughly recommend The Dower House to others for an indulgent and luxurious afternoon tea experience.

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Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special afternoon tea celebrating a birthday. 10 out of 10 highly recommended.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a lovely setting for the afternoon tea! Meets every expectation!

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NC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and plenty of food with great care from staff

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my sisters for afternoon tea and was pleased with the variety of items both sweet and savory. Creative items and perfect setting for our sisters week in the UK. The service is excellent, the reception staff welcoming and helpful. Bath itself is amazing and this location and the experience is icing on the cake.

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H
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the savoury style afternoon tea for vegetarians and it was excellent. The food was excellent and the staff couldn't be more helpful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Not great. 8pm booking for our anniversary, arrived 10 minutes early and sent to the bar, we were there for 40 minutes before being taken to our table and then waited for over 20 minutes before the amuse bouche. Things didn’t really improve sadly, the dishes flavours were unbalanced with long breaks in between. When we finish our mains (with much left) 2 members of staff came to our table ignoring the plates and it was 10 minutes before they were cleared - no questions asked. Decided not to risk dessert.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made us feel really special and even supplied a birthday treat which wasn't expected at all. The food is amazing and we were absolutely stuffed! Definitely recommend getting The Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea! Staff are extremely helpful and well presented. Amazing place!!!

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S
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service. We had a crash course in choosing wines and how to taste them! Staff were attentivie. We had the 6 course taster menu - to be honest we did not like every single dish but it was a nice treat overall as part of our 5th wedding anniversary celebrations

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c
London
29 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Super professional service and attention to detail.
Cocktails were to die for!
Food was amazing, I had the monkfish and the flavours were impeccable.
A nice touch was a pianist as you entered who played all night.
A must in Bath!

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LR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in an elegant setting. Our favourite restaurant in Bath. Perfection.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have had afternoon tea at the Royal Crescent and I would say it was again an amazing experience, the food, waiting staff and the whole ambience were sensational. I will definitely be returning.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely afternoon tea but the ambience could be improved. It’s a shame our table was stuck in a corner so we were all sat facing the corner which wasn’t great. The room was lacking character - all a bit beige and bland. The food was good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family in Bath Celebration

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot say enough about how good the service and food was. We had 3 vegans and the chef did a special menu for them. Excellent

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JD
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a great setting. Booked as a special treat for my husband and I and was definitely worth it.

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Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was lovely! We were visiting Bath for the weekend and while on the train we decided to book afternoon tea. Upon searching the internet we came across The Dower House. Luckily they had a spot for four that afternoon. The minute we walked up we were greeted at the door by an impeccably dressed doorman who greeted us warmly and guided us to our destination. We stepped out into an amazing garden and felt like we had been transported back in time. We found out late the garden was used to film parts of Pride and Prejudice and we could see why. All the wait staff were friendly, well dressed and catered to us as if we were royalty. We had Afternoon Tea and it was amazing! Everything tasted looked and tasted divine. I am a vegetarian and I was so pleased to see they had an afternoon tea specifically for vegetarians. They focus on the experience so they only have a few tables scattered throughout the garden so each guest will feel like they dining privately. I love this place and I highly recommend going when you are in Bath. I can not wait to return.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a very enjoyable family meal. The food was very good and a nice atmosphere!

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LC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic afternoon tea with great service, atmosphere & setting. Food was delicious & the knowledge of the staff explaining & describing the items was second to none. Went for a birthday celebration & this was acknowledged with a decorated plate which was a lovely touch & not over the top. Would definitely go back again

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VK
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a blissful afternoon celebrating our Granny’s 90th. The setting was perfect and the food and service were excellent.

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J
Bath
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food - just right for a special occasion. Perhaps a little more expensive than some other Bath restaurants but worth it for quality not food and beautiful surroundings.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food and a wonderful location.

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PC
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue for a special occasion that will create lasting memories.

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VH
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting , amazing food and very romantic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the afternoon tea and the staff was lovely. Very nice cosy place. Will return in the future.

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London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience - bit slow - tea and Champagne arrived very promptly but food slow to appear.
Savouries, Pastries and cakes fabulous - sandwiches poor - quite dry and meagre fillings

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SW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon Tea at the Royal Crescent is fabulously and quintessentially A classy British afternoon. The venue is gorgeous and the food is magnificent. I could not recommend it enough for a special occasion with the significant other or friends and family.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, excellent customer service and amazing food.

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GP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, lovely afternoon tea and lovely staff! Well worth the trip from Wales and would recommend it to everyone.

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have stayed at the Royal Crescent previously and really enjoyed the experience and the food at the Dower House.
However, I wasn't overly impressed with the afternoon tea considering the price. Also the glasses of champagne for the additional £20 were miniscule.
Perhaps it was because we had a booking fairly late in the afternoon that our plates and glasses were taken away as soon as they were emptied. Or perhaps the staff were very attentive.
The Dower House is a lovely setting and I wouldn't hesitate to go again, but not for afternoon tea.

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IM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful birthday afternoon tea at Dower House. First class service and the food was most enjoyable.

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for mine and my partners first anniversary. Soon as we stepped in the restaurant we were welcomed by staff to take our coats and take us to our table. Throughout the whole evening the staff where nothing by helpful and gracious. The overall feel of the restaurant was warm and romantic, however the star of the show was by far the food we had scallops and duck liver to start which we both fresh and light. We then had the lamb and duck for mains. The lamb was truly amazing every element on the dish came together and blew us away. A truly amazing night. We will definitely be booking again!

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C
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for afternoon tea and were wowed by the standard. Fantastic service, lovely sandwich selection, the scones and bath buns beautiful and the pastries and cakes were just exquisite.

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class fine dine restaurant in Bath. The best in Bath. The best evening meal I have for some time. Thank you.

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OT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and main service were excellent , no ambience in main entrance . We didn’t know where restaurant was (it’s in separate building ) and no one would tell us where to go , just sat there and nodded as we arrived .
Ambience in bar could be improved with a bit less “banter “ conversation and more service conversation
But all in all main meal was great and the restaurant service was good

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