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A May 2002 trip to Bath by food&fun

Sally Lunns Tea Rooms Photo, Bath, England More Photos
Quote: Bath is small enough to see everything on foot and close enough to London to make an excellent day-trip, just as we did.

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A typical Bath street Photo, Bath, England
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*Pick up a map at the tourist office at the train station and use it for your own "walking tour" *The Georgian style homes at the Circus (a traffic circle, not a Big Top with lions) are a don't-miss sight, all uniform in design, set in a semi-circle. Walk beyond the Circus to the Royal Crescent for more of the same architecture. *There are lots of cute little shops along the main streets. I found an item I had been looking for all over London!Quick Tips: The train leaves from Paddington station, and the trip to Bath takes about 90 minutes. Trains leave frequently throughout the day. Second class tickets are about ; the trip is relatively short, so first class tickets are re...Read More

Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms

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Restaurant | "Sally Lunn's"

Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms Photo, Bath, England
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Sally Lunn is famous for its buns; it is also the oldest house in Bath, dating back to the 1680's. We stopped in for a traditional "cream tea" in the afternoon. The restaurant was very crowded, with tables placed so close together I was afraid I'd knock the tea pot off the table next to me as I squeezed into my seat. The first thing we noticed that the tablecloth was not only shabby but actually dirty. The floor was littered with crumbs. After about 5 minutes, a harried server gave us plastic-covered menus as he flew past. The menus, too, were dirty. The prices were about twice that of other tea shops we had browsed around town. The food on the plates near us did not look very appetizing. We ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms
4 North Parade Passage
Bath, England BA1 1NX
+44 1225 461634

The Bath Bun Tearoom

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Restaurant | "Bath Bun Tearoom"

The Bath Bun Tearoom Photo, Bath, England
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When we walked out of Sally Lunn's in disgust, we walked across the street to the Bath Bun Tearoom, located down a short flight of stairs in a small courtyard. Apparently what Sally Lunn's calls Sally Lunn cakes, everyone else calls simply Bath Buns. The Bath Bun Tearoom is a cozy little restaurant, seating perhaps 20 people. We each ordered a "cream tea," which is a regional specialty. You get your choice of a Bath Bun or scones (with or without raisins), strawberry jam, a pot of tea, and a generous bowl of clotted cream. Clotted cream is whipped cream so thick it is almost butter. I'd describe it as cream cheese without the tang. Split a scone or bun, spread it with jam, then slather o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

The Bath Bun Tearoom
3 Lilliput Court
Bath, England BA1 1ND
(01225) 462-413

Loch Fyne Restaurant

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Loch Fyne is a small chain of restaurants in Britain, specializing in very fresh seafood. There is a bar at the front, and the rest of the restaurant has a light, airy feel, with lots of blond wood. The servers are dressed "California-style" in T-shirts and casual pants. They are California-friendly as well, and eager to make your meal a pleasant one. My husband and I shared an appetizer of house-cured salmon, and it was what smoked salmon should be -- moist, with a definite smokey flavor, but not too salty. The serving was generous enough for two. We each had a pot of mussels in a light cream sauce. Again the portions were generous -- probably a kilo in each mussel pot. The mussels were ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Loch Fyne Restaurant
24 Milsom Street
Bath, England BA1 1DG
(01225) 750-120

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum

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Attraction | "Bath Abbey"

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum Photo, Bath, England
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You'll easily find the Abbey, its Gothic spires soaring above the center of town. It is one of the highlights of Bath. In 676 AD, the Convent of Christian nuns was founded in Bath. Edgar, the first effective King of England was crowned there in 973. The Abbey was destroyed, and in 1499, the present cathedral was founded to replace it. The Abbey was damaged during the bombing in 1942. It was explained to us that the Germans bombed the places of beauty and history, not necessarily just the population centers, in an attempt to demoralize the people. Today the Abbey is a place of worship and a tourist attraction. When we visited, there was a lovely elderly lady, a volunteer docent, who was ob...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults Museum
12 Kingston Buildings
Bath, England BA1 1LT
01225 422462