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Jane Austen is one of the world’s most famous, enduringly popular and much respected female novelists and is perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath’s many residents and visitors. Although born in Hampshire, Jane Austen paid two long visits to Bath towards the end of the 18th Century and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home. “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion” which are largely set in Bath reflect her intimate knowledge of the city.
After the pleasure of exploring Jane Austen’s Bath by visiting the Jane Austen Centre be sure to climb the stairs to the delightful second floor Regency Tea Rooms. Relax and be refreshed with real leaf teas from a carefully chosen selection which includes Jane Austen Blend, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam, Lapsang and Chun Mee, (a delicate China tea) all accompanied with deliciously fresh food charmingly served by the friendly and helpful staff.
Regency Tea Rooms offer regular tea tastings, book clubs and The Jane Austen Festival in September means that fans from all over the world come dressed in Georgian costumes.
The menu offers, as one might expect, Jane Austen themed favourites such as “Cousin Collins’ crumpets and “Fanny’s Favourite” which are crumpets with clotted cream and honey in addition to Chocolate Persuasion Sponge, Cassandra’s Walnut and Coffee Cake, Gardiner’s Ginger Cake, Bingley’s Brownies and Mrs Bennet’s Lemon Drizzle Cake!
Afternoon Tea Menus include:
“Tea with Mr Darcy” (oh yes, please!)
This famously popular high tea includes finger sandwiches, deliciously fresh scone with cream and jam, cake and a pot of tea of your choice.
“Lady Catherine’s Proper Cream Tea”
Choice of tea, fruit or plain scones, butter, jam and clotted cream.
An 18th Century favourite consisting of mixed salad, cheese, fruit, meat, nuts, relish, bread roll and tea of your choice.
Summer Opening Hours:
Mon, Tues and Wed: 9.45am – 5.00pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9.45am – 8.00pm
Sundays: 9.45am - 5.00pm
WINTER OPENING HOURS:
Everyday: 10.00am to 5.30pm
40 Gay Street