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  • The Pump Room by Searcys Reopens 10 August

    10 August 2020


    We are delighted to welcome back our valued customers to The Pump Room from Monday 10 August. Enjoy our delicious interpretation of the 19th-century ritual that began in the 1800s, when the 7th Duchess of Bedford found a way to fill the ‘hungry’ gap between lunch and supper.

    A visit to Bath would not be complete without Afternoon Tea at The Pump Room, a Georgian treasure that inspired the likes of Jane Austin and Mary Shelley. Built-in the 1790s with its Corinthian columns, glittering chandeliers and spa fountain, it soon became the destination for high society to meet and ‘take the waters’ from the hot springs. Today over 200 years later, most of the neo-classical style features remain unchanged, creating the perfect ambience for special occasions.

    Our world-famous classical trio is also back! Guests will be serenaded by the musicians from England’s oldest professional orchestra, as they enter the restaurant, setting the tone for a relaxing experience.

    The food offering by Searcys’ chefs delights all palates, showcasing seasonal English fare at its finest. With its afternoon tea menu offering an ode to that most quintessential of English customs.

    From 10.00 until 11.45, our morning menu will be serving famous Bath buns and cakes with tea or coffee (full price £8.25). Our afternoon tea menu is served from noon until 17:45, Monday to Sunday with savoury and sweet selections to enjoy (full price £34.50 per person).

    The afternoon tea menu, created by Searcys pastry team, using the best quality seasonal ingredients and inspired by the beautiful region of Somerset, features Mini Pump Room prawn cocktail, Local ale and Cheddar rarebit, onion chutney, Smoked salmon and cucumber pikelet, Mini Yorkshire and rare beef. Cakes include fruit and plain buttermilk scones with Dorset clotted cream and jam, freshly made on the day and a daily selection of The Pump Room pastries (chocolate opera cake, fruit tarts, cream choux bun). Gluten-free, Vegetarian and Vegan options are also available.

    This summer, the menu is kindly supported and accompanied by a glass of English ‘grand marque’ Nyetimber Classic Cuvee MV sparkling wine (£12.75 per 125ml glass, £15.25 per 150ml glass, £75 per bottle).


    Morning Menu tickets £8.25 | Afternoon Tea with Fizz tickets £34.50 | Children’s High Tea tickets £8.00

    Pre-booking is required. Please visit

    Eat Out to Help Out

    The Pump Room is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Government scheme throughout August, offering customers 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to £10 per person, Monday to Wednesday until 31 August. This discount has been applied to the relevant ticket prices and days.

     Ticket Information

    • Please present your booking confirmation for The Pump Room on arrival. Tickets must be printed and shown upon arrival.
    • Wines, spirits, and soft drinks will be available to order and purchase on the day, payment will be credit and debit cards only.
    • Menus are indicative and may be subject to change.
    • Tickets are not refundable or transferrable.
    • Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests for group bookings.
    • Your booking session will be for 1.5 hrs from time of booking.

    The Pump Room

    The Grand Pump Room was built in the early 1790s, and soon became the destination for high society to meet and ‘take the waters’ from the hot springs while enjoying lavish entertainment. Famous authors such as Jane Austen mentioned it in her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, as where “every creature in Bath was to be seen…”. And Mary Shelley wrote the iconic Frankenstein while staying in lodgings next door.

    Over 200 years later, most of the neo-classical style and Georgian features remain unchanged – creating the perfect ambience in which to enjoy the quintessentially English custom of afternoon tea.


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