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The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

4.6
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219 reviews
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£41 and over
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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.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
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 219 People Are Saying
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DeniseM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. The food was fabulous and the wine also. A special mention must be given to Sonia who made the whole evening a delight with her expert knowledge and discreet attentiveness. A definite must for a special occasion, we’ll definitely be back.

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Karen
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful welcome and great service throughout. Arguably on the pricey side but I guess you pay for the tick in the box?!

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a lovely setting - and the first time I’ve had the option of a set vegetarian afternoon tea with a range of tasty bites (rather than simply substituting meat-filled sandwiches with the standard meat-free ones). We’ll be back!

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Lynne174
Argyll
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A lovely hotel in a great location, the food, the service and the champagne were all of a very high standard. Would definitely wish to come again.

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Frequenteater
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We love the hotel and the Dower House. And especially the garden in summer

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MarkB
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food , we both had tasting menus , my wife’s vegan
Staff were attentive, but , not uncomfortably so . Great for a special occasion , but , a bit pricey

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JaniceW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience, I requested gluten free options and the choices were wonderful. I highly recommend high tea at the Dower House to everybody!!!!

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caronk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue for our daughters 21st great food and service

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Ch01SC02
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great afternoon tea at the Dower House. Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff, enjoyed the dinner and will be visiting again soon.

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Gastronaut33
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent experience! Service beyond reproach, choice on the menu excellent and the food we ordered was superb!

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DanielR
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is above acceptional and the food is fantastic. A fantastic venue for a special dinner.

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DaniellM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal here and the service from maître d' Sonia was impeccable. A truly wonderful evening.

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RachelS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine was great. Service good but also with friendliness and humour. Didn't have dessert, as nothing seemed to stand out. Starter portions surprisingly decent portions. Location is obviously outstanding. All in all very lovely meal!

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Georgina
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such attentive staff and lovely atmosphere. We had afternoon tea facing the gardens and it was so pleasant and would recommend to anyone!

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Gezy
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was very good but service for 5 star hotel was not what I have experince in the past at previous places. No one come to see if you wanted more or tea or water after meal sat there very long time I went up to ask for the bill if the sevice was better it would been great experince.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Very gracious and warm service

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Florence
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smart place, knowledgeable staff, good food. Cocktails followed by wine and 3 course meal, more expensive than most places but to be expected.

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Angelica
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for afternoon tea and it was really good. As I don't like all this sweets i ordered The Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea.. Also the cozy room with fireplace was all I needed. The place itself is amazing with beautiful garden. The only rain stopped me from discovering a bit more of it.

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DaveP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good things: Good food and lots of it. Extra pot of tea provided when asked. Doggy bag offered to take home what we couldn't eat.
Not so good: Not met at the entrance to Hotel. Rather casual showing to (booked) table which was in a corner in a rather corporate sort of room.
Overall: This was a special event and unfortunately the hotel failed to produce a "wow factor". A bit more service - we wanted to be treated as special (even if we aren't) - would have gone a long way.

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LeticiaS
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just wonderful to be waited on and dined for in this 5* hotel. The service of Sonia was impeccable and nothing was ever too much for her. It was my mum’s 50th present and she loved every minute. Thank you for a pleasant experience

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VeraF
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had afternoon tea .Food wasn't too bad but not much for 2 people. We didn't like the restaurant as it was a Christmas period and there wasn't even a Christmas tree inside, not many pictures on walls, very basic and poor, gloomy walls...didn't feel festive period. The only good thing was that it was clean. Certainly wouldn't recommend to go there at Christmas time..

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JenniferA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food here is amazing. Tasty, beautiful and veggie friendly. The only thing that disappointed was the atmosphere. The hotel had beautiful Christmas decorations and trees but there was nothing in the afternoon tea room. Some low level festive music (not talking shaken Steven's but some carols) and a few decorations would have made a festive treat.

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GeorgeM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. The staff were tentative and caring. The atmosphere was perfect. The wine selection was on point.

Cant wait to eat there again.

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Pubclub
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Whilst the whole experience at the Dower house was enjoyable and the staff were lovely, we did not enjoy the taster menu as much as we had hoped to. It was very heavy and in particular the " full English breakfast" was based on a large Ducks egg which was very overpowering. A smaller, less yolky egg would have been much more suitable for the course and less filling. Also, whilst the bartender was very amenable to making whatever cocktail you requested, they need to up their presentation skills for £16 per cocktail! Compared to other establishments which charge substantially less for a cocktail, the presentation was very unimpressive. Guests now expect unusual glasses, dry ice and an "experience" when presented with their cocktail. The Dower house made very little effort in this regards.

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Melanieeth
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The meal was a good 7 out of 10, but we were left feeling disappointed when we left, as we asked for a taxi back to the priory and were told we would have to wait nearly an hour. So we asked if they would ring another taxi, but were told no.
We were then ushered out into the cold. Definitely wouldn’t have had that at the Priory.

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TrudyM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We walked in from a Christmas frenzy Bath Saturday afternoon and thought that we had gone deaf! The peaceful difference was stunning, wow. The service and food was fantastic, the ambiance wonderful and the overall experience grand, thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried 2 different afternoon teas - the Traditional and Vegetarian with Rose Champagne. Outstanding quality and I’ll definitely be booking again. The staff were helpful and friendly and we had a fabulous relaxing afternoon. Thank you to the team at The Dower House - a very special place !

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AndreaB
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For special occasion this is an amazing experience. In my opinion far superior to The Ritz in London. The savoury afternoon tea option was such a pleasant option.

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stevep
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful evening, exquisite food and lovely atmosphere. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return . The taster menu was amazing. We loved the Lamb dish. Service was well-timed and friendly”

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vipEmmaH
London
124 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best afternoon teas I have had - particularly liked the choice of a traditional or savoury tea. Excellent welcome and service throughout and a lovely setting. We will be back!

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Larry
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was of a very high standard and the setting was lovely. My only negative was that some of the sandwiches were a little dry around the edges - apart from that it was delicious!

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SteveJen
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea and the nice touch with the ‘Happy Birthday’ written in chocolate on one of the serving plates! The food was lovely as was the champagne and tea! The service was efficient and slick without being intrusive. Our only minor complaint was the rather tacky plastic water container on the table covered in limescale on the neck! No glass water flasks??

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sass
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent afternoon tea both the vegetarian and non vegetarian savoury teas were utterly delicious. One of the best we have ever had and we have eaten at some really lovely hotels. Highly recommend!

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NicolaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, and they made the sandwiches to my picky taste ! Excellent scones .....and they made my coffee strong as I like it., oh.....and of course the Tattinger Champagne was lovely....... Fabulous... will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

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AgnethaH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JanE
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
KatrinaC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

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