The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

4.6
301 reviews
£41 and over
European

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Afternoon Tea
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.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 301 People Are Saying
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vipMitsu
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for late lunch. Every good is very nice and delicious.
I can tell that this was best afternoon tea in Bath.

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GrahamW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Attentive staff and excellent food. We were made to feel special and greatly enjoyed our afternoon tea

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emmab
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful afternoon tea
Service was friendly Food was delicious and the and flight of champagnes were perfect

All in all worth every penny, will book again for sure :)

LZ
LeonZ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable afternoon tea; food very good and staff very friendly and attentive.

Slightly expensive when the 12.5% service charge is added, however did not detract from an enjoyable visit.

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SarahP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely experience. I felt spoiled which is usually what you are aiming for with high tea. The staff were all lovely and helpful and the food was delicious.

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Husandwifey3
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good choice of food and wines, excellent flavours and food combinations. A first class venue.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, attractive afternoon tea with efficient and charming service

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SeanW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch!
Great food!
Top service!
Would come again!

SJ
SimonJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea at the Dower House was simply fantastic! Super service from Sonia, and ample eating delights plus interesting choice of teas!

JG
JanG
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Afternoon tea diners sit at the front of the restaurant, by the window. Amazing cakes!

SB
SophieB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have been very disappointed by the patisseries

MK
MichelleK
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I was disappointed it was very expensive and the choice limited for this price.
I have had better in Bath with a wide selection of cakes and pastries. The ambience was somber and I did say on my email this was a special occasion which I think was for your records only.

I had saved up to go and treat a friend but she didn’t like the smaller petit fours so an alternative would have been nice to be offered or a choice of the selection of cakes we preferred as opposed to standard selection.

Very upset about this visit and I won’t book it again. Overpriced and underwhelming.

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NicolaB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service as always, Afternoon Tea was superb , we arrived early and they accommodated us no problem. Looking forward to our next visit .

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andys
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here but would certainly love to come back.
Grounds were amazing and the hotel a real one off

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James
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what you'd want from afternoon tea. Delightful.

JR
JaneR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a gorgeous setting overlooking the garden. Very pricy but a real treat.

CM
CharlotteM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea was lovely, happy to fill up anything you want more of.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon tea

CB
CasiB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We had to find our way into the tearoom as the hotel staff not too helpful. The table was nicely spaced out. The service was prompt but the staff member served our afternoon tea and didn’t tell us what the items were. The also gave us 2 meat afternoon teas rather than 1 vegetarian one. The food was lovely and we had a good experience overall.

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AnthonyH
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately I was'nt well on the day. We would very much like to visit again on the same terms within the next few months. A visit to the Royal Crescent is always special, and the new management remains excellent.

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sandyt
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the most amazing mussels absolutely delicious 😋

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vipHeph
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant afternoon tea in the hotels gardens.

SM
SarahM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, one if my favourite places for afternoon tea. Felt very secure during COVID times too.

JH
JoshH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and setting were faultless. Great location and beautiful garden

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Dexter
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I booked a table in the garden for my partners 50th birthday lunchtime treat, it lived up to my expectations and more, the garden was lovely and the food was simply delicious, it made for an excellent afternoon in the sunshine. I wouldn't hesitate booking a table again on my return to Bath.

PD
PaulD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning setting and such a beautiful garden to sit in the sun and enjoys lunch and drinks . Perfect

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RebeccaF
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Came for a birthday dinner my only complaint was there was no background music and the restaurant was so quite it had a strange feeling. No buzz and was conscious of everything we were saying as others in room could easily hear.

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Candy
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were both excellent. We had the tasting menu which was delicious.

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RodC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted and made to feel at home immediately. The service was excellent and the food and teas were very good. It was a very enjoyable experience which we would recommend to others. Thank you.

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AdrienneB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very lucky with the weather, so eating in the garden was a joy. The service was a bit on the slow side, but we weren't in a hurry, so it didn't affect us. The little tasting bits as starters were very tasty and beautifully presented. The mussels were superb. While not cheap, it was excellent value for the money.

MO
MrOwen
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food served in a beautiful atmosphere, by excellent and professional staff who made us feel like royalty.

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Maccer
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Due to COVID-19 the menu was restricted.
The ambience was very quiet, last time we were there, you could hear background music.

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jonathang
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Attentive service
Well executed dishes but nothing outstanding to live long in the memory.
Disappointing no wine flight to go with tasting when serving by the glass...?

Sommelier good but should cover nose as well as mouth with face mask!

Great to be back out in a great setting enjoyable night for both

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting was beautiful, the food was great, staff were very attentive and swapped around things we liked and disliked! Highly recommend

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Trevnet
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having waited 8 months to redeem our gift voucher to celebrate a special occasion, we were very disappointed to find that the afternoon tea menu has been stripped back to two options, with the fantastic "savoury" option now gone.

The net result of this was that, after consuming so much sugar, diabetes was only just around the corner!

To make matters worse, there was a party of six in the middle of the room who were going heavy on the champagne and became loud and obnoxious, with little regard for anyone else's comfort and enjoyment.

Obviously this wasn't the fault of the Dower House however, the staff was clearly aware that these guests were causing a bit of a disturbance, yet did nothing about it.

To top it all of, the staff was wearing face masks, but under their noses!

All in all, the food was OK, but nothing more than OK. The sandwiches were bland, and the cakes were nice, but I feel that you could get a better afternoon tea in any of the lovely cafes in town, plus a BOTTLE of champagne, and still come away with change in your pocket.

This was our fourth visit to Dower House, but this time was a big disappointment. Until now, everything had always been perfect, but I'm very sad to say that I would think twice before returning.

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AntoniaS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea. Excellent service and ambience.

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Simon
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely location, good service and excellent food. Well managed service despite the challenges of COVID-19 security. Felt very secure at all times without it spoiling the experience.

HP
HannahP
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea was absolutely delicious and served with style and finesse.
Pricey but fancy enough to match.

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vipTeapot
County Durham
16 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The menu was described as ‘all day dining’ which did not have the special feel for an evening dinner. However the dishes were excellent and the service friendly. The room lacked a little atmosphere, perhaps related to the social distancing. Good value thanks to the chancellor.

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Bath
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was good but service very disconnected. No-one welcoming on arrival and over 30 mins between arriving and getting any drinks or food whilst other tables arriving after were served. One excellent waitress but seemed to be no communication between staff and most of the other waiters (and there were a lot!)seemed to be wandering and avoiding eye contact whilst doing very little. This led to confusion over our orders and bill - given an apology that our wine wasn't delivered because the bartender was making cocktails yet we never saw a cocktail menu!

Also for a resraurant that has such an extensive wine list it is very odd not to say what the wines by the glass were except the grape, mostly at £10ish for a 125ml glass. The Riesling I had tasted distinctively like one I have bought cheaper by the bottle.

So it's a nice enough place but we left with a feeling of disorder about the place rather than luxury. We were there for around 90 mins, half of which was spent waiting at the start or sorting out the problems with the bill at the end.

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The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

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