The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

4.8
156 reviews
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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.



Special Offers

Afternoon Tea

...from The Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea Menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 2 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 13:30-18:00

2 course £50

...from the fine dining menu (three courses £68)

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 2 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 19:00-21:30

What 156 People Are Saying
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Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea at The Dower House was wonderful. Great value for money - plenty of food all of which was high quality & unlimited tea & coffee. Service was excellent too. Would definitely recommend & would love to go back.

GS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The setting and decor of the restaurant is beautiful. Would have been even nicer on a sunny evening; would have been perfect. We had the set menu and although the food prices are high end this was probably one of the better restaurants with that standard of food for value for money. Staff were excellent. Will definately go again when we've saved up!

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

We were looking for somewhere rather special for a family dinner which was also a meeting of us as trustees of a trust fund. So the fund subsidised this and we felt we could splash out. The Dower House is a smart restaurant of the old school - service with excellent attention to detail, a menu based on familiar European food and a good but traditional wine list. They do all this very well. It was hard to choose the food, just because it was a menu where you were tempted by almost everything. Of course the cost reflected all this, but it was what we expected and we all enjoyed a really good evening. So why 4 stars not 5? Well perhaps I look for just a bit more adventure in the menu and in the whole experience but maybe that’s not realistic because that’s not what this style of restaurant is aiming for. I may not go again but I’m very glad that I did and felt that they do what they do extremely well.

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

Afternoon Tea at the Royal Crescent - what a wonderful experience! From the moment we entered, we had a warm welcome and were delighted with the beautiful and comfortable surroundings. Service could not be faulted and the menu was varied and delicious.

DK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing. The staff were efficient and very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be returning. One of our favourite afternoon teas!

OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting, comfy chairs, exquisite decor, lovely atmosphere. Every mouthful of food was fabulous!
However when you go to hotels like this the service should also be outstanding.
I let them know it was my husbands birthday when I booked they very kindly served our afternoon tea and decorated the plate in chocolate writing which read”Happy Anniversary”!!!
They very kindly asked if we would like some more sandwiches which we accepted, only we waited 20 minutes and had to remind them to bring us more sandwiches.
We were given the bill and although there was only 2 of us we were charged for a 3rd afternoon tea!
When leaving I went to the toilet only to find there was no toilet paper!
Attention to detail just wasn’t there unfortunately ..

SO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location and decor. Staff attention to detail superb. Enjoyed night...its a real treat.

BE
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a gorgeous afternoon tea at The Dower House. We enjoyed the selection of sandwiches and cakes and you could ask for more, if you could fit it in! The gluten free option was the best we have had. Staff were really helpful and helped to make us feel really special.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location with glorious gardens
Spacious dining in a beautiful contemporary design
Superb 5* service with 1st class service
Attention to every detail with nothing too much trouble

Food delicious with seasonal variety

I
Essex
8 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was extremely sophisticated but not to our taste. Accommodating to vegans however restaurant didn’t have much of a vibe.

HD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful afternoon tea with a lovely peaceful atmosphere and very courteous staff. Highly recommended.

WT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue , perfect service and amazing food. Although a bit pricey , the setting makes it worth every penny.

PS
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had Afternoon tea in the garden. Party of 3. The food was excellent (we chose the savoury) and the garden a quite and relaxing environment.
The service we experienced however was not at the level fitting to the location and price. The ‘product’ is the whole package: excellent food, great environment and outstanding service.
We were welcomed friendly and politely. However, the cream and preserve were placed at a corner of the table, we put it in the middle. The lady bringing the tea had no clue what was what tea. We had to reshuffle. We got one small saucer to put the 3 (wet) tea leaves holders on. When we got our 2nd round of tea, we were not given new cups, so had to empty what was left in the empty pots (from the first round). Same for the tea leaves holders of the 2nd round of tea. And nothing was removed from the table so it got a bit messy.
And for all that an additional 12.5% service was added to the bill.

MI
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Stunning garden venue, service professional but not stuffy, food fresh and tasteful. Great that a savoury alternative was offered to the sweet option. None of my party wanted all the cakes aside from the scone of course! Would without hesitation recommend

F
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with friendly and attentive service. We had the a la carte menu which gave a good choice. The food was well presented and delicious. Extensive wine list with good advice available to help you refine your choice. Highly recommended.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and friendly staff. Food was delicious with an endless supply of sandwiches, gluten free food wasn’t an issue at all. The weather was beautiful so we were able to sit in the gardens and it was just picture perfect! Very enjoyable experience.

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is excellent, the service, the food, the setting, the little attention to details. Possibly one of the best dinning experiences I’ve been lucky enough to experience. Easily surpasses some Michelin star restaurants that I’ve dinned in.

Expensive, yes maybe for Bath, but not for London, but way of example, but you do get what you pay for.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location, charming staff and absolutely excellent food. We had a perfect evening.

SL
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Crescent Hotel and really enjoyed the delicious tea. We all chose the Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea, which was the savoury option but which still included a Bath bun and scone, jam and cream, as well as a lovely lime flavoured mousse. The savoury selection was unusual and exceptionally tasty!

We are left wondering why Open Table charged our Revolut card 80 pence, which has not been refunded? I'd be grateful to know why.

HF
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing afternoon and definitely worth the price. Our server was lovely and really friendly

V
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful gardens fantastic afternoon tea no rush service was good, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The day before we went up to find the hotel to be invited in and looked around and had drinks again beautiful and staff wonderful

CL
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, had afternoon tea in the garden, very pretty. Food was delicious and service top notch 🙂

SA
London
16 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Bath for our wedding anniversary and picked the Dower House for some afternoon tea. I cannot rave about this place enough. We've been to Fortnum & Mason and thought this was better. My partner had the vegan afternoon tea (as he is lactose intolerant) and the staff was so accommodating. The best part about it was being able to sit outside in the gardens with a beautiful view during our meal.

BR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely afternoon tea in the beautiful gardens of this amazing hotel! Spent a leisurely two hours taking in the garden setting and we were given personalized and professional service. This being our first visit, it was so memorable! ...

LB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location. By far the best afternoon tea we have ever had. Staff were lovely -friendly & attentive without making you feel uncomfortable. Perfect treat for my mums 75th birthday treat

AC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon tea for my husband’s birthday. The sandwiches were plentiful and very tasty. I had the vegetarian option. Sometimes sandwiches (esp veggie ones) can be a bit boring but these were lovely. Very attentive staff. Felt very special and ideal for a special treat.

CM
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location, very good food and a very pleasant overall experience.

G
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Hi there I came again to this hotel as I booked 4yrs ago for my sisters hen. I brought my friend with me this time as was so pleased last time. This time I was so disappointed that my friend asked if she could have the chicken, cheese and ham fillings only. Waiter said ok and then standing behind me and my friend said to a colleague that ones a difficult one!!!! I have never experienced anything like this before. I didn’t want to cause a scene there as it was a treat. But I am disgusted. I will be making this all vocal to on social media. You charge a high price for afternoon tea and have the cheek also to put service charge on. This needs to be addressed.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu and the service was exceptional

AK
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious afternoon tea and excellent service! Amazing choice of teas, gorgeous cakes and savouries. Would definitely come again as a special treat.

R
Austin
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the experience we were looking for. We discovered new favorite teas. The wait staff were extremely accommodating. We were treated like star guests. The garden was peaceful and beautiful, the perfect place for afternoon tea. They allowed us to split an afternoon tea serving, which was perfect, and that was all we needed.

CB
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting, perfect service, knowledge staff.

Exactly how you would like a special birthday afternoon tea to be

CD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent afternoon tea with outstanding service. Eating in the garden would be lovely on a sunny day.

GD
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic hotel; Had a Wonderful time; Afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly was a really enjoyable experience in beautiful gardens - Delicious sandwiches and cakes; Chef David was very kind;
Staff were attentive - Highly Recommend the Royal Crescent Hotel - You won't be disappointed.

BP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding and we has a lovely time.

s
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Although the place is iconic,I was disappointed at the variety of vegetarian options.I thought it was very expensive for what it was.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Birthday treat. Very attentive staff. Delicious food. Cinnamon butter with Bath bun yummy.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. A must try.

E
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we got out of the taxi, we were greeted with warmth. One doorman helped my husband and the other came to my side of the cab to help me out. The service was excellent and exceptional the entire day.
The room where we had tea was quiet elegant. Lovely grays and blues on the walls and chairs. The table was set off with royal blue glassware and white tablecloths. We sat near windows that had a view of the beautiful gardens. The tea was lovely. The small, savory vegetarian choices were delicious and artful.
I highly recommend tea at Hotel Royal Crescent.

AM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing loved it, service was wonderful it was decadence at its best.

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