Sally Lunn’s Buns, Bath

I love Bath – it’s such a pretty place, steeped in history and full of gorgeous shops!

I spent a long weekend there a few years ago for a hen do – a trip to the rooftop thermae spa, comfy beds in a glorious old Georgian townhouse and endless cocktails, everything a girls weekend should be! That was all I really knew about Bath (other than school book Roman history) but now I live so close, I am beginning to discover more about it.

In terms of food – there are plenty of chains around – catering no doubt to tourists from all over the world – but there are some great indie places if you look for them. For a weekday lunch (don’t try at the weekend or half term) I recommend a trip to Sally Lunn’s Tea Room. This place is absolutely a tourist hot spot but I really enjoyed my trip solely for the history!  Sally Lunn was a Huguenot baker who developed the ‘bath bun’ which is kind of like a big brioche. The building is one of the oldest in Bath and the tea rooms are split over three floors with a very strange little museum in the basement which actually houses the original kitchen.


The food is tasty but by no means gourmet – choose to eat here to enjoy the history and atmosphere rather than for a fine dining experience. That said, everything is made in-house and the quality is high. The daytime menu includes soups and a range of sweet and savoury topped buns. There are also bigger more substantial ‘trencher’ dishes (with the traditional bread plate).

My advice – go for the traditional bun and a pot of tea for two. We had the traditional ham & piccalilli and the welsh rarebit special with cheese, mushrooms, smoked bacon and homemade chutney. The buns themselves (or as I’d call them ‘cobs’) taste like a big light and fluffy brioche, really tasty. Everything is homemade and both the piccalilli and chutney were really delicious. However, the salad was a bit of nothing and the prices are a little more than usual lunch prices (£7-9 on average).

There are plenty of tea blends to choose from too, no doubt set up for tourists but equally lovely for us too. We went with the Sally Lunn’s blend, made from a mix of Indian, Ceylon and African teas. It was delicious, not too strong but with a slightly more perfumed flavour than English Breakfast.

When you’ve finished your lunch, make sure you squeeze yourself down the narrow stairs into the basement to see the original kitchen, below street level and really quite spooky (complete with an awkward mannequin). We loved the old graffiti too – very interesting!

Visit Sally Lunn’s for yourself:

We paid for our meal and Sally Lunn's did not know I was planning to review their establishment. All opinions are my own

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  1. 5th July 2016 / 9:01 am

    I wish I had been here when I went to Bath last year, looks lovely x

  2. 5th July 2016 / 3:46 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Bath and that tea blend whether its aimed at tourists are not sounds lovely.

  3. 5th July 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Ahh my home town! It really funny reading people's posts who don't live in Bath. They all seem to love it here! To me it's just where I live.
    Shhhh don't tell anyone but I have never been to Sally Lunns! lol

    I am glad you had a nice time!

    Laura x x x

  4. 5th July 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Thanks Laura, I'll be tapping you up for good restaurant recommendations! 🙂

  5. 5th July 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Oh this place looks so cute – we passed it last summer when we visited Bath, I took photos of it. Kaz x

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