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The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

4.6
4.6
529 Reviews
£41 and over
European

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.
We are able to cater for vegetarians, coeliacs and those with other dietary requirements.


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2 people

23:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Contemporary European, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:30–13:30 Afternoon Tea Daily 13:30–16:15 Dinner Mon–Fri 18:30–21:00 Sat, Sun 19:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01225 823333

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Martin Blake

  • Private party facilities

    The Royal Crescent Hotel offers a uniqueand exclusive experience for your occasion.From two to 60 people, our choice ofdedicated rooms makes the ideal locationfor your important event. The Georgianelegance of The Library, Sheridan Room, SirPercy Blakeney Suite and The Dower HouseRestaurant are enhanced by natural daylightand inspiring views over the gardens or ourown private courtyards.Our dedicated team of Event Co-ordinatorslook forward to helping you create yourbespoke event, whether for a meeting, drinksreception or Private Dining event. Exclusiveuse of the hotel’s 45 luxurious suites androoms, tranquillity spa and 3 AA RosetteDining is available upon request.

  • Private party contact

    Isobel Heather : 01225 823333

  • Area

    Bath

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

    £39.50 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a selection of delicious sandwiches, cut to mouth-watering perfection. Then there are the freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, along with a range of exquisite pastries and cakes – each one dainty enough to eat in one delicious mouthful. Gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan options are available upon request - please specify dietary requirements in advance of your visit. This most decadent of British traditions is complemented by a choice of Ronnefeldt teas from around the world. Afternoon Teas, including a dedicated Children’s Afternoon Tea, are served daily between 1.30pm and 4.15pm (last sitting). Served in the restaurant or in the glorious gardens.

What 529 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. M

    Marcnbarry

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly outstanding. The flavors and presentation were world class. I see Michelin starts in the chef's future.
  2. B

    luxBristol

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely treat to come for Afternoon Tea at The Dower House at The Royal Crescent Hotel. We sat out in the garden on this occasion and what a lovely setting it is.
  3. m

    mollym

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect place to indulge in a scrumptious meal. Tea was just wonderful.
  4. a

    andrewm

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The afternoon tea was a fabulous 50th birthday treat with a glass of bubbles and lovely food - bit of a sugar overdose by the end! Service was discreet and impeccable and the venue outside on a summers day perfect!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy an afternoo
  6. h

    hits

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Afternoon Tea to celebrate my son's graduation. The glasses of the champagne flights could have been larger..lol
  7. c

    covidsafe

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The Dower House is located in a stunning location, and the food and tea were quite tasty. However, our outdoor reservation was not accommodated (important to us because we are only eating outdoors during the pandemic, although they did seat us in a mostly uncrowded room next to an open door). Additionally, as other reviewers have indicated, the service itself left a bit to be desired - staff were not very attentive to the table (only came by 2-3 times total throughout our experience, and took quite a long time to take our initial orders). The setting is beautiful and it was the best high tea we had on our trip, but overall an average experience and if given the opportunity I would choose a different option.
  8. EB

    EllenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff made us very welcome, we didn’t have to wait for anything and the sandwiches and cakes for our afternoon tea were delicious.
  9. O

    Oszo

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Good food, slow service.
  10. m

    mouthwatering

    Gloucestershire

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands birthday dinner was delightful. We haven’t been in a while to this restaurant but it was exquisite. Looking forward to the next dinner occasion.
  11. JM

    JamesM

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful setting, superb food. Staff very pleasant & helpful.
  12. RS

    RichardS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was haphazard to say the least, Really was a shame as it was a special occasion ☹️…
  13. P

    Plum

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good service. Yes staff went out of their way to accommodate us. The food was delicious
  14. LC

    LaraC

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food served for the afternoon tea was fantastic and the setting (we were in the garden) just lovely. The staff were friendly & polite but very inattentive. The table was set, the order was taken, Tea brought & then the cake stand came but by different people each time. Then nobody came thereafter to check on us, not even at the end. This was expensive and meant to be ‘top end’ but quite a few things missing- water jug had no ice, no pot of hot water to top up the teapots and no teaspoons for the jam or clotted cream. One plate, knife & fork for savoury, scones & cakes.
  15. LK

    LucyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time, the staff were so helpful and engaging and couldn’t do enough for us (this is true of everyone but shout out to Sonia who introduced herself, particularly chuffed to be shown the dessert menu when choosing mains, why doesn’t everyone do that!?). The food was delicious, the wine incredible with fabulous recommendations from Jean-Marc who also gave us some good travel advice, and the portions perfect. The whole evening was so relaxed, we were very sad to go. Thanks to everyone who made our visit so magical.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dower House is wonderful, we dined in the garden. The food was fantastic, the service was excellent, the garden was beautiful. It was a hot day and so we sat in the shade underneath a large tree. We loved it so much we didn’t want to leave! It was the highlight of our trip to Bath. Our only regret was that we hadn’t booked in to this wonderful Georgian Hotel!
  17. D

    Debbie

    Kent

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way.
  18. SG

    SueG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tasting menu which the chef very helpfully modified to take account of a food allergy. Wonderful relaxed service.
  19. SC

    SarahC

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon Tea was delicious. Sat outside in beautiful, tranquil gardens listening to the birds sing. Staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
  20. ST

    SallieT

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    On arrival we were shown to our table and ignored, we had to go into the restaurant to ask for service and then a very efficient and friendly lady came to our aid. But, it wasn't the 5 star welcome I had expected or received before. One of our group was wheelchair dependent and the disabled toilet within the Dower House is almost impossible to use as there is very limited space within. But, the kitchen were very accommodating of a party with dietary issues.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience, service and location
  22. HR

    HannahR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The afternoon tea was fine but the portion size was shocking for the price. All very tasty but what we were served didn't match how much it cost. Have had lots of afternoon teas before for a lot cheaper and had a lot more food (including other savoury items). Was nice but won't be coming again.
  23. W

    Wizz

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Much better places to have dinner in Bath. Very over rated.
  24. LT

    LouiseT

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very attentive and polite. The food was exquisite and the tea was beautiful👌
  25. GB

    GinaB

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I would have preferred more savoury sandwiches with the delicious scones and delicious Bath Buns. I did not like the top level of cakes so much.
  26. KE

    KEITHA

    Bedfordshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding in every way.
  27. C

    Celebration

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, tasting menu was exceptional as was everything else we enjoyed. Can’t wait to try it again!
  28. MK

    MarieK

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    We were positioned just inside the doors which opened to the outside but behind us was the cashiers till and for the majority of the time the waitress was conducting business eg working out bills, talking to other workers and she never once came and asked us if everything was ok, if we wanted more tea or even some water as we were only given one glass on arrival, not even a jug. We asked for the champagne afternoon tea but she clearly didn’t hear us as it never came but we were not too bothered as it was a lot more to pay. There really was no ambiance as I would have expected from such a well known hotel in bath. Really disappointing
  29. LP

    LeanneP

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Beautiful place and lovely food. I am vegetarian and the sandwich selection was very good. The staff were very nice but made a mistake with all the initial pots of tea, when they came back with the right teas they forgot one, a further order made then seemed to be forgotten and had to be asked for again. No one came round and asked if all ok or if anyone wanted anything topped up. For the price I would expect the service to be spot on, particularly as they added on a service charge and expected it to be paid in full.
  30. SX

    SamanthaX

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great good. Recommend. Lovely outside seating in the garden.
  31. BO

    BarbaraO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience but only criticism service was a bit slow on the day
  32. CP

    CarolineP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Excellent setting for afternoon tea but spoilt by poor service. The waiting staff were friendly and polite but seemed over stretched. On arrival tables hadn't been cleared so had to wait to be seated. Order taken straight away but nothing arrived for nearly an hour! We were offered complimentary glass of champagne which alleviated some of the disappointment. Some of the afternoon tea condiments were on the small side considering there were 3 of us. Overall a disappointing experience given the fantastic setting. Would like to emphasise the staff were charming but seemed stretched by the number of tables to be served.
  33. p

    peterc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Nice afternoon tea, but needs more people, pianist / music to create atmosphere
  34. GJ

    GeorginaJ

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our evening was just lovely. Our 9 year daughter was made to feel very welcome.
  35. DL

    DanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely splendid. It is rare to find such a fantastic combination of luxurious surroundings and high-end catering at such reasonable prices. Long may this be able to continue and thank you for looking after us so beautifully.
  36. IO

    IzzyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really lovely experience - slightly disappointed that the vegetarian sandwiches were in fact all vegan, cheese and cucumber would have been nice rather than just cucumber. But only a minor thing. Bath bun amazing and that cinnamon butter!! Waiters polite and friendly, we did not want to leave!
  37. T

    Tiger

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have enjoyed many afternoon teas but our one at The Royal Crescent hotel was by far the best. The service was impeccable, the ambiance genteel , the choice of teas excellent and the food outstanding, particularly the scones.
  38. KH

    KathyH

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sandwiches were lovely, and the scones and pastries were lovely! And the selection of different teas was great!
  39. MT

    MaryT

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful afternoon tea, everything was superb, food,service and ambiance, couldn’t be faulted, definitely worth the experience
  40. KR

    KellieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful treat for my daughters travelling to Bath from Australia.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 529 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

23:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

The Royal Crescent Hotel, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset BA1 2LS

Additional information

  • Area

    Bath

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:30–13:30 Afternoon Tea Daily 13:30–16:15 Dinner Mon–Fri 18:30–21:00 Sat, Sun 19:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    European, Contemporary European, Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Martin Blake

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01225 823333

  • Private party facilities

    The Royal Crescent Hotel offers a uniqueand exclusive experience for your occasion.From two to 60 people, our choice ofdedicated rooms makes the ideal locationfor your important event. The Georgianelegance of The Library, Sheridan Room, SirPercy Blakeney Suite and The Dower HouseRestaurant are enhanced by natural daylightand inspiring views over the gardens or ourown private courtyards.Our dedicated team of Event Co-ordinatorslook forward to helping you create yourbespoke event, whether for a meeting, drinksreception or Private Dining event. Exclusiveuse of the hotel’s 45 luxurious suites androoms, tranquillity spa and 3 AA RosetteDining is available upon request.

  • Private party contact

    Isobel Heather : 01225 823333

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