Another of Bath’s historic buildings, a visit here is usually preceded by a visit to the Roman baths, which is right across the street. Built using bath stone and with Corinthian architecture influences, visitors usually come here to sample the waters that flows into the Roman Baths. The idea is that drinks the rather unsavoury tasting water and sees all your ills cured. Coming to the Pump Room itself is more about drinking in the ambience of the place, and that only happens if you’re having a cuppa along with. Yep, this place is famous for its tradition of drinking afternoon tea. Another quirk that many comment on is the music provided in the restaurant; it’s almost always performed live by the Pump Room Trio, the longest established resident ensemble that is the longest of its kind in Europe.
Tips & Warnings: Make sure that you’re well dressed if you’re coming at all. The place is semi-formal.
- Summer (1 April – 30 Sept): Morning coffee & breakfast - 9:30 am - 12:00 noon; Lunch - 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm; Afternoon tea - 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm (last orders 4:00 pm).
- July & August: The Pump Room extends its opening hours for afternoon tea & twilight dining; Afternoon tea - 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm; Dinner - 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm(Subject to availability).
- Winter (1 October – 31 March): Morning coffee and breakfast - 9:30 am - 12:00 noon; Lunch - 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm; Afternoon Tea - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
- Bus Stop near N Parade
- Bus Stop near Rosenberg House
- The Roman Bath Kitchen
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95% of people who visit Bath include Grand Pump Room in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
73.82% of people start their Grand Pump Room visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Grand Pump Room
91.29% of people prefer walking in order to reach Grand Pump Room
This is most definitely worth the visit however is also a tourist trap. Yes it's beautiful, elegant but also pricey. Staff are very busy and can be a challenge to get their attention. 20 minutes to be able to pay was a little on the long side but we had soft music to listen to. The wait for a table was roughly half an hour but the food was worth the wait. Enjoy your visit
went to a Christmas function in the pump rooms. what an amazing setting. we were however harder like cattle around the place. I expected it to be high class when in fact it was full of office Christmas parties who were totally smashed. Band was more cruise ship than iconic historical venue quality. Food was great though. I will not be booking for next year.
It's definitely a tourist trap, bit it's a lovely one. There is a piano player, and you can look out the window to see the Roman spa. It's pretty darn cool.
Having visited the Pump Rooms about ten years ago, I decided it would be a good opportunity to take a couple of friends for an afternoon tea this week. However, my rather more discerning 'afternoon tea' palette was disappointed. There was no explanation of the tea that was presented to us (usually an explanation of the sandwiches and cakes is a courtesy), little attention from the waiting staff (until the last 20 minutes when some charming waiters appeared from the wings and replaced our crockery). The crockery overall was quite tired. Also, the pianist and cellist spent more time off-stage than on-stage in the two hours we were there. We had to ask repeatedly for more hot water and tea, and weren't asked until the end how our meal was going. For the price, I was deeply disappointed, and especially for my friends who I thought it was going to be a lovely experience. I am from the area, but I think I would only return if some of the staff were given a lot more training. Sorry, it ruined my nice memories of my previous experience there.
Fantastic food here! We bought the 3 course lunch with the spa package, and it was quite impressive. Live music with silver service, one of the most relaxing meals I've had for a while. Highly recommended.