The Royal Crescent Hotel: A Review

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon off of work? I think not!

The Royal Crescent in Bath is celebrating it’s 250th birthday this year, and to commemorate this exciting milestone, The Royal Crescent Hotel has commissioned a house tea and designed a special afternoon tea menu.

The Afternoon Tea menu is quite extensive, and gives you options of:

  1. More savoury than sweet Afternoon Tea
  2. Equal savoury and sweet Afternoon Tea
  3. Traditional sweet Afternoon Tea (RC250 – Anniversary Afternoon Tea)
  4. Vegetarian Afternoon Tea

Being more of a traditionalist, I opted for the conventional Afternoon Tea (with the special 250th Anniversary inspired menu).

My review will cover all aspects of the experience, from the general ambiance, to the taste (and textures – see previous post on scones) of the food, and the attentiveness of the staff.

The Royal Crescent Hotel carries a very prestigious name. It is the best of the best in Bath, and just happens to be in the centre of one of the most famous crescents in the world. My expectations were quite high, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Room Ambiance:

  • The tables in the Dower House Restaurant are set facing out the windows onto the perfectly manicured gardens
  • The room is quite quaint and proper, but being a multi-purpose dining area, not as traditionally “tea-room-esque” as some establishments.20170220_145113


  • The staff were all very friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and made sure that all our needs were met (including dietary requirements – even though we didn’t have any)
  • There was no lack of attentiveness throughout and I felt very well looked after.

The Food/Drink:

  • The sandwiches were obviously made fresh (as the bread was uniformly soft) and carried a good ratio of bread to filling. I like quite a thick slice of bread, and I wasn’t disappointed.
  • Most Afternoon Tea’s come with two scones, whereas the Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel comes with one scone and one Bath Bun (a nice and personal touch). 20170220_143108
  • The scone (which had a hint of vanilla about it, and the most perfect texture – one the the BEST scones I’ve tried) was quite small but perfectly formed and came with delicious clotted cream and strawberry jam.
  • The warmed Bath Bun was accompanied by homemade cinnamon butter, which melted into the bun and complimented it wonderfully.
  • The “sweets” on the top tier were stunning as well. There was a choice of six “sweets” and the more seasonal rhubarb and custard slice was my favourite, followed by the Bath Gin & Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta with a Juniper Crescent (which is more of an acquired taste).20170220_143104
  • The tea options were also quite extensive, varying from your traditional English Breakfast and Early Grey, to green tea and oolong teas.
  • The Royal Crescent Hotel have also made their own 250th screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-17-04-58Anniversary Ronnefeldt Black Tea (with hints of roses), which I didn’t actually try (but only because I dont really like rose/floral flavours). I did hear a lady on a nearby table exclaiming how lovely it was, so I think that is a recommendation on good authority.


  • £35 per person (a bit of a squeeze on the purse-strings)

Overall Rating:

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars



My recommendations and tastes are my own. I gain no benefit from writing this review. Review based on experience on Monday 20th February 2017.

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