Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tea in the Pump Room at Bath

On Friday we went to Bath (which is but 20 miles from our Cottage) and although it's changed since out first visit, it was fun to walk the streets again, find the Antique District (I did buy two napkin rings!), visit the Abbey and take a boat ride down the River Avon to Bath Hampton where we had lunch.

Twenty four years ago on that first trip to Bath, Husband Jim and I had tea in The Pump Room. An elegant afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes and scones and cream and jam. Really, my first elegant afternoon tea. I was enchanted!

And so, we had to have tea once again at the Pump Room!

It's a big space and elegantly decorated and there was piano music playing softly in the background. The big tables for 10 that filled the room 24 years ago have been replaced by tables for two, three or four.

It was tea time in England and the room was full -- mostly ladies but some couples. Treating their wives to tea in the Pump Room.

Their speciality is afternoon tea --

Served on a silver curate. You begin at the bottom with sandwiches, then the middle layer of scones and cream and jam and finally you reach the top layer of sweets.

We had just eaten lunch and instead of Afternoon Tea we decided to just have tea and a treat . .

Therefore, a pot of tea and a Bath Bun was our afternoon nosh on this stop at The Pump Room in Bath.

The Bath Bun, a nice tea treat -- served toasted with butter. It was yummy and the perfect treat for this afternoon.

It's Saturday and I'm joining Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for her Saturday Tea in the Garden. The elegant Pump Room taking place of a garden this Saturday.


Rose H (UK) said...

You make me feel awful Martha, I've been to Bath three times and have been past the Pump Room but never been in :o( Looks like next time it's on the top of my list!
Hope the weather hasn't broken there yet - we're having a deluge at the moment.
Best wishes
Rose H

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How nice to relive some memories. Now I am hunger after I saw that bunn!

Lottie said...

What a wonderful visit to The Pump Room!
Thank you for posting!

The Sewing and Knitting Loft said...

I am really enjoying the postings about your trip. Thanks for sharing.


william said...

Tea at the Pump Room! Shades of Jane Austen. I loved seeing this post! Am loving all your posts from England. The Blue Row Cottage looks lovely.


Bernideen said...

Oh my - this would be way up on my list of glorious things to get to do! Was Jane there? I love it! and thanks so much for sharing this trip!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Love it! What a treat! I would definitely make that part of my trip if I was ever lucky enough to travel to Bath....I would feel like the fashionable ladies in Jane Austen's books who often visit Bath and go to the Pump Room to look at the gentlemen! ;-)

On Crooked Creek said...

Sometimes it's nice to remember a time gone past with someone you adore! So glad that you and Husband Jim had this special day together! However; I wouldn't have been able to resist a sweet treat!!!

Diann said...

Oh that looks like such a fun place to visit.

Kimberly said...

Oh! I long for Bath! And the Pump Room~how exquisite! I dream of going. Someday...