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The Dower House - Royal Crescent Hotel

4.6
4.6
507 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

20:00


Booked 6 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 507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. 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.
  2. 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👌
  3. 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.
  4. KE

    KEITHA

    Bedfordshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding in every way.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. N

    Nicola

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting for afternoon tea in the gardens. Quiet and peaceful. Food was amazing. Good selection of sandwiches and cakes. We'll presented. Staff were extremely friendly. Offered to take a photo of myself and my friend. They gave us a plate with Happy Birthday written of it. Attention to detail was spot on. Would highly recommend.
  20. MH

    MarjoryH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped by the Royal Crescent Hotel and asked if they could find a table for us to have a cream tea. The staff were happy to accommodate and we were offered a table in the garden as the weather was fine – the scones were feather light and the tea delicious. My tea of choice is Rooibus and this was one of best brews I have tasted in a long time. My friend enjoyed English breakfast tea and was equally impressed. Later that week we were booked in for a birthday lunch at The Dower House Restaurant at the Hotel and the food and service were both excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were all so welcoming. We started with a sharing plate of falafel, olives, warm bread, dressed vegetables and delicious spicy pepper hummus. We followed this with the amazing Lemon Sole Meuniere and my friend had the Braised Feather Blade of Beef. Who can resist a dessert? All looked delicious but we chose the cheesecake and crème brulee and were not disappointed. As if the afternoon couldn’t get any better, my friend was then presented with a beautifully iced ‘Happy Birthday’ plate with a selection of petit fours and a glass of champagne for each of us (I had pre-arranged this when I made the booking and the staff were all fully prepared to make my friends special day even more special). So thank you to all the staff and I can most definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful Hotel and gardens.
  21. AA

    AA22

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most enjoyable experience for our afternoon tea. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were fantastic. I will certainly be coming back again.
  22. KQ

    KellyQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best thing to do in Bath. Attentive service a d delicious treats.
  23. J

    John

    London

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best afternoon tea I’ve had - the Bath buns with cinnamon butter were sensational. Loved that you could sit outside in the garden too.
  24. TM

    TracyM

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very friendly greeting, attentive and polite waiters, delicious food.
  25. R

    Rapunzel333

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside for afternoon tea in the garden for a special birthday celebration which was wonderful. Staff very helpful especially the lady with short hair but I didn’t catch her name! Very accommodating to dietary requirements and although tea was a bit late towards the end they were quick to resolve. Beautiful relaxed atmosphere.
  26. SH

    ShonaH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff, the food would have kept coming if we’d wanted it to. Excellent value for money
  27. MF

    MatthewF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Toilets were dirty. Other than that very nice food and staff.
  28. AP

    APras

    New Zealand

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We booked for my partners birthday, nothing special happened despite having hinted at a birthday treat. Waited about 25 minutes for service after sitting down, no menus or water. The head waiter who brought us to our table was lovely whoever forgetful as champagne was offered as a gesture after no service was provided but was not taken off bill. Food was good however for the price point you may want to look around Bath, I imagine you get some lovely high teas.
  29. CP

    ChrisP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Would have been nice to be asked if we were enjoying the food, difficult to attract staff attention, very poor serving of jam and cream for the scones, basically given a portion for one to go around four people.
  30. EP

    EmmaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful afternoon tea Lovely afternoon thank you.
  31. NO

    NatalieO

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful afternoon tea. The food was delicious and the service was great. Overall a really lovely afternoon for my mums birthday!! Would definitely go again 😊
  32. B

    Becks

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and a delicious afternoon tea selection.
  33. NG

    NicolaG

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An elegant and refined dining experience, as we hoped for to celebrate a family 60th birthday. The service was prompt and respectful. The degustation menu was interesting, beautifully presented and delicious, compliments to all the chefs and kitchen staff. We discovered a Huai Pinot Gris on the wine menu that was amazing as well as a Nederburg late harvest wine that we will seek out again.
  34. WJ

    WeiJ

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kindly arrange a big table for us 8 people. The service is wonderful. The afternoon tea and environment is excellent. Would like to recommend to my friends.
  35. SS

    SummerSunset

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Amazing foods flavours in tasting menu. Lovely garden view. Spacious and relatively quiet. Staff were friendly and attentive, especially when they realised Dad was hard of hearing. Wine was ok but not value for money @£165 and no wine notes to help you select your wine & sommelier didn’t explain wine to set our expectations that Barolo we had wasn’t a typical bold barolo but rather watery & not a 2014 as on the menu but a 2017. Will return for food & setting but will ask more questions about wine before selecting.
  36. A

    Abbeyfoody

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose off the normal menu rather than the tasting menu this time and it was exquisite, steak cooked perfectly and the staff are the best, it was one of the best meald I've had.
  37. VP

    VincentP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked Tea on the 11th April at 4pm. We we shown to a corner table in a smallish room that over looked the garden. What immediately surprised me was that the other tables in this room were not laid. Although the restaurant planned that there were to be no further guests in that room it's very depressing for guests to sit in a room with other tables that are completely bare other than a table cloth. I noticed in the main room other table that weren't being utilised were also bare. Service at our table was immensely slow. After being shown where were were to sit it took ten or possibly minutes to receive a menu and then a further ten or fifteen minutes for our order to be taken and a similar length of time for our order to eventually arrive.  I imagine the sandwiches were freshly made but left uncovered and exposed resulting in sandwich that were slightly dry. On an optimistic note the pastries were faultless. We ordered the menu with three glasses of various Champagnes but none arrived. We were continually completely over looked by the staff. I eventually had to leave my table and find a waiter in the main dining room to ask for our Champagne. This level of service, or lack of was really starting to irritate. I understood that each different Champagne was to be served with each course during Tea. Yet again were were completely ignored with the further two glass arriving at completely random times and only after we eventually managed to gesture to staff that we needed 'service'. Because service was so painfully slow by the time we returned to our car we had over run on the meter and had recieved a parking ticket which we felt was no fault of ours.  All in all a very expensive rather poor afternoon.  The response I had from the hotel was as though it was stock response that they already had on file.
  38. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our celebration afternoon tea. Staff attentive and food so tasty Lovely table near the open French windows with beautiful view of garden, as requested.
  39. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely afternoon tea!! Would certainly recommend!!
  40. AL

    AnnL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience all round. We felt very relaxed, we weren't rushed at all and staff were very knowledgeable We will come again

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 507 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 6 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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