In Jane Austen's time visitors flocked to Bath to 'take the waters' which was considered to be good for your health. This involved drinking large quantities of Bath's natural spa water - up to eight pints a day! You can still sample a glass of the Spa water at the Pump Room, which was pivotal to life in Bath in Jane Austen's time.
From Northanger Abbey...
'They set off in good time for the Pump-room, where the ordinary course of events took place; Mr Allen, after drinking his glass of water, joined some gentlemen to talk over the politics of the day and compare the accounts of their news-papers; and the ladies walked about together, noticing every new face, and almost every new bonnet in the room.'
The Pump Room is the perfect place to visit for a real taste of Georgian life and it was one of the filming locations for ITVs adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Enjoy listening to the sound of the Pump Room Trio while you take refreshment here and admire this striking neo-classical salon.
Tea was one of the main refreshments taken during Jane Austen's time and there are still many places in Bath where you can savour the experience of a leisurely afternoon tea.
At the Jane Austen Regency Tea Rooms, you can choose from 'Tea with Mr. Darcy' or treat yourself to a slice of Mrs. Bennet's lemon drizzle cake. Alternatively, why not visit Sally Lunn's Refreshment House, where you can enjoy tea with a Sally Lunn bun - one of Bath's local delicacies.
Many of the luxurious hotels in Bath also offer afternoon tea, and there are a number of welcoming tea rooms nestled in the quaint villages and market towns in the Bath area.
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