The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

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European
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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Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding Anniversary

AH
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic not our first visit and won't be our last

JE
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited The Dower House Sunday 13th Oct. It was a horrible day outside.
However it all changed on our visit.
We were made to feel very welcome.
I had a lovely cocktail my Husband a beer
followed by our superb lunch .
The staff were courteous and on the ball at all times.
Throughout our meal they checked to make sure we were happy.
On paying the bill they said they hoped that we will return soon!!
All of which often forgets to be said.
They are the things that make a difference to ones experience.

KC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed with the service. Brought the wrong selection of food then took 20 minutes to bring the correct selection. By then tea was cold and had to be replaced, more delay. Very little attention given to us so it felt a struggle to ask for more teas or sandwiches. This was supposed to be a birthday treat, very disappointing.

JM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful location and room. Very friendly and helpful staff. Savoury afternoon tea was excellent, you could ask for more if you felt their wasn't enough.

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

Amazing food, great service, highly recommended. Great sommelier with superb choice of wine matches.


Would be nice to have warmer lighting and not clear other tables before we’d finished eating. Didn’t spoil the experience but would improve it.

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

Lovely food, and service was attentive and efficient. Lots of choice in tea which we particularly enjoyed. Choice between sweet and savoury which was nice.
I felt it was expensive for what it was, especially when they added the 12.5% service charge which meant we paid almost £45 each

DD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The savoury afternoon tea is amazing. Pricey but worth it. Beautiful venue and lovely staff.

p
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was splendid apart from the Sweet Delicacies. These were indeed extremely sweet and although I only sampled a small bite of each. I had a very upset stomach

PJ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was mediocre at best (skip the coal mayo on the cucumber—awful!). The room in which it is served felt and looked like a Marriott conference room. It was a disappointment as opposed to a special event. We have tea everywhere we go all over the world. This one ranks at the bottom.

BM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our forth visit to the restaurant and this was surprisingly the worst
The service was poor with no presentation or welcoming attitude
Instead of the staff being discreet they hung around starring like hawks
Very sorry to have to write such a poor review after past excellent experiences

MS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great venue in a perfect setting on a fine sunny day

MD
London
53 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was fantastic sadly the service was very poor, average at best and very poor for such a highly rated hotel. Definitely wouldn't rush back because of the service. We had to pour our own wine after the someli left, poured own water all night. No atmosphere at all in the hotel, the bar or restaurant they are too up on their Royal Crescent Tower. Go for the food but don't build your expectations too high. Sadly very disappointing. At the end of the meal everyone was so focused on setting up for breakfast we could have vanished they wouldn't have cared.

DM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea far exceeded our expectations, the food was fabulous and the service was first class. We’ve booked a suite for our son and future daughter in law on their wedding night and I’m sure they’ll be thrilled with everything.

EC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can I give them 6 stars in service?!
Amazing team!!

NM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to dine in Bath. 5* service, food and atmosphere!

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to a champagne tea for my husband’s birthday while we were in England. What a perfect way to celebrate!!

KF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, with gorgeous decor. If you are looking for a modern twist on a traditional activity - it’s Jane Austen meets modern woman !
The staff were so pleasant and helpful wish I could remember our serves name as he was lovely, as well as being polite and gracious he had character to engage and entertain.

CC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The location is beautiful and their service was very quick for afternoon tea. Staff were very friendly. However found the room feel quite cold and the sandwich bread dry. The second pot of tea also tasted bitter compared to the first, would of liked staff to check and ask about tea more often only asked once.

SP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Dinner here was an unexpected pleasure. Dishes are superbly conceived, beautifully balanced and brilliantly
executed, using super fresh ingredients. From the bread and amuse bouche onwards, it’s clear this is going to be something special, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Service is quite formal, and not the fastest ever, but the cooking is truly worthy of a Michelin star. Magic!

JW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really treat .beautiful grounds and very attentive staff . Afternoon tea was a very special experience . The staff were just lovely

AH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reluctant to write the review The Dower House deserves as it might encourage too many customers and make it difficult to obtain a booking......

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was middle of the road, not too flavourful. Service was ok, didn’t see them often

S
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb high end dining in a fantastic secluded venue behind the famous Bath Crescent. Excellent and attentive staff, delicious food (tasting menu recommended) and great surroundings. A marvelous treat that should be enjoyed by all!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The flavours of the savoury and sandwiches were quite bland. The service was at times confused as we were not served our tea until we had finished our scones. When we asked for the tea we were asked to wait till we had finished it champagne. We were not offered any further savouries or sandwiches, this is not common when we have had afternoon tea previously in other hotels in London

n
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely hotel and restaurant in Bath, UK.! Beautiful gardens and the interior is exceptionally appointed. Tables are spaced nicely so you can have a quiet conversation. Before dinner we went into the bar and ordered a drink. I ordered a French Martini but the bar tender mixed up some concoction with rum , which we overheard him talking about doing . No vodka was used. However I tasted it and accepted the drink anyway, because I like rum and didn't want to make a fuss and spoil our evening. This was unusual for such a fine hotel. A French martini is not an unusual drink to make. Our dinner was French cuisine and beautifully prepared and served by our very cheerful waitress. . We have stayed here before, but tonight we just came for dinner and enjoyed it .Our anniversary was recognized with a beautifrul assortment of candies and cookies and a "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate in chocolate. A very special touch to the evening.

DD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother and daughter treat. Lovely setting, good service and delicious afternoon tea. Really nice

k
Bath
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
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
2 reviews
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.