Royal Crescent Hotel Bath Afternoon Tea

The Royal Crescent Hotel is Bath’s most iconic and famous hotel. Located in the centre of arguably the world’s finest crescent, Afternoon Tea here is like taking Tea at the Ritz.

Royal Crescent Hotel Bath Afternoon Tea

Royal Crescent Hotel Bath Afternoon Tea for a real sense of occasion

Afternoon Tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath was the perfect way to celebrate a recent reunion with old friends. The hotel setting makes it both a beautiful and tranquil place to meet in this historic city. The cake stand was piled high with exquisite patisserie, finger sandwiches and mini savoury treats. With a flute of champagne to toast the occasion and attentive service, it was a special afternoon. If you’re looking to treat a friend, I highly recommend Afternoon Tea here as a gift. With spa options and overnight stays available too, this is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Bath – A World Heritage City

Living in Bath, you must quickly get used to walking up hills. Visitors to this World Heritage city, may have to huff and puff a bit, but once they’ve climbed the streets to the city’s finest address – the Royal Crescent, they are richly rewarded with a magnificent sight.

The Georgian façade of the stunning and historic crescent is breathtaking. And, it’s so perfectly preserved, you’d almost expect to see Jane Austen, a former city resident, stepping out of one of its fine townhouses.

Georgian Facade Royal Crescent Hotel Bath

Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath with its magnolia tree

Doorman Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa Bath

Doorman at the hotel’s entrance

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel

The Royal Crescent Hotel, with its huge magnolia tree, stands proudly in the centre of the crescent. Its doorman, a clue that behind this façade, lies a luxurious abode.

If you want to experience a sense of occasion, this is the place to come for one of Bath’s finest Afternoon Tea experiences.

The hotel’s garden, where you can take Afternoon Tea in the summer, is a real oasis from the city’s bustling streets, shops and busy throng of tourists.

Lounge and fireplace Royal Crescent Hotel Bath

Drawing Room, Royal Crescent Hotel Bath

Brass door bell Royal Crescent Hotel Bath

The hotel’s shiny brass doorbell

Choose From Five Afternoon Tea Experiences

The hotel offers 5 different Afternoon Tea experiences so you can choose between sweeter or more savoury options. Each one is designed to be shared between two people.

The Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea is the most classic with finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and pastries followed by warm freshly-baked scones.

Of course, every tea includes Bath buns, for which the city is famous. They come Nordic-style, served with cinnamon butter. Imaginative touches include a zingy panna cotta made with Bath Gin, amusingly called ‘Gin Austen’, Kaffir lime leaves and topped with a juniper crescent.

Mini Lime Parfaits Royal Crescent Hotel Bath

Afternoon tea includes mini lime Panna Cotta made with Bath Gin

Mini Bath Bun Afternoon Tea Royal Crescent Hotel

Royal Crescent Hotel Bath Afternoon Tea includes Bath’s famous Buns

Gift Experiences For a Really Special Treat

Nestled behind the hotel’s acre of leafy and secluded gardens, is the hotel spa. It’s a wonderful place to retreat and unwind in luxury.

For a stellar experience while visiting Bath, combine Afternoon Tea with a spa day and a night in one of the hotel’s 45 individually designed guest rooms. In between shopping and sight-seeing, you’ll be relaxing in true Georgian splendour.

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Are you looking to buy a special afternoon tea gift experience for a friend?

Virgin Experience Days offers several gift options for Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath.


  • If you’re taking Afternoon Tea in the Dower House, request a table overlooking the garden or by the fireside
  • The Children’s Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea, (ages 3-11 years), includes treats such as chocolate tiffin slices, vanilla cupcakes and takeaway Tuck Shop sweets
  • Visit the Canary Gin Bar to taste and buy Bath Gin
  • Learn to bake Bath buns and bread at the Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School

Where to Stay in Bath

For a mid-range hotel, try Brooks Guest House in Bath.

This boutique guest house has 22 stylish bedrooms and is just 5 minutes walk from Victoria Park. It’s part of a small family-owned group of hotels (read our review of Brooks Country House Hotel near Ross-on-Wye).

Ready to book a weekend break in Bath? See all recommendations for the Best Places to Stay in Bath.



Dogs friendly days out for foodies in Britain

They tell me that I’m welcome to stay in the pet-friendly rooms at the hotel but please keep me on a lead at all times when I’m in the grounds. I’m not allowed in the Restaurant, Bar, Public Rooms or The Spa & Bath House and Taittinger Spa Garden.

Mr Hendricks

How to Find Royal Crescent Hotel Bath 


Afternoon Tea Royal Crescent Hotel Bath, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS


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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.