Bath buns and other local delicacies
This is a traditional local tea time treat – a yeast dough bun with plenty of dried fruit (sultanas, currants and citrus peel) and sprinkled with large sugar granules. It is thought to date back to the later 18th century, the invention of a Dr. Oliver, whose patients loved them so much that their waistlines expanded at an alarming rate and he was forced to replace them in their diets with the savoury Bath Oliver biscuit instead.
Dr. Oliver was one of several successful physicians who gathered in Bath during the 18th century to treat the sick who came here for the curative properties of the thermal waters, and was one of the key figures in the city’s success as a fashionable resort destination. He was instrumental in founding the Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Upper Borough Walls in partnership with two of the other key influential figures of his day, John Wood and Master of Ceremonies, Beau Nash. This is now one of the oldest functioning hospitals in the UK (see photo 2).
The Bath Bun is still just as popular today. You’ll find them sold in tea shops all over the city – or why not do as I did and treat yourself to one in the elegant setting of the Pump Room?
A variation is the Sally Lunn, sold in the much-advertised Sally Lunn House (said to be the oldest in Bath). I have never visited, put off by that same over-advertising and a sense that a café that pretends to be a museum is rarely a good example of either. But if you’d like to check it out, head to North Parade Passage just behind the Abbey.
Indulge in an Icecream
On a hot summers day in Bath an icecream stop is mandatory. We settled on a 2 scooper at Thortons which came with a complimentary chocolate stick for less then GBP2. As you can see from the photo everyone's choices went down very well. Thortons is located in the main cobbled shopping street.
The following day our icecream stop was at Ben & Jerry's in the square just opposite the Roman Baths.
Tea & Scones
Enjoy a cream tea or light lunch at this family run tearoom in a georgian townhouse.
There are many little tearooms around Bath some with gardens & it may be a better & cheaper alternative to finding an restaurant.
9 york street, Bath
Drink from the fountain
Fancy a free drink of water - its not the same as the water in the pump room honest!!
This fountain is outside the Abbey and is a refreshing welcome in the hot weather although I did manage to get my top wet as the water shoots out at an odd angle.
stiff upper lip and all that!
We're not as inhospitable as you might think! We may not invite you into our homes and up to our summer cabin as the Americans do, but if you want directions most of us are quite happy to help out providing we are not in "a rush"! Always try and pick someone who is walking at a docile pace and doesn't look stressed, its usually wise to ask for a clear destination, don't worry, if they don't understand you they'll let you know! We're nice really!
throw in a coin - or a curse
As at many holy sites, from early times, coins were thrown into springs, ponds, wells etc as a gift to the spirit or god guarding the water.
In the Roman Baths , the frigidarium (cold bath) especially seems to be the recipient of many monetary gifts. Precious stones have also been found.
In Roman times pleas or curses were thrown on tablets of stone asking the gods for retribution on those who commited crimes or stole household and personal belongings. Many of these have been found.
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This is Colin. Colin is a...
This is Colin. Colin is a nice man. Colin used to work for the local council. Colin will take you on a guided tour around Bath. The best news of all is that Colin, along with a number of volunteers, does it for nothing!
A highly recommended walking tour (takes about 2 hours) and happens in the morning and afternoon. Pick up point is near the abbey.
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The Bath museum
This is a new hairdo for the ancient period. There are many things to see inside this museum that the Romans once came for many many miles to these spas.
I work in the beauty industry so I shall change my style......hehe
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The sign did not deter Jack! The top parts of the Royal Crescent garden were for residents only though the gardens below the wall were open for all.
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