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reservations for high tea at the pumphouse in Bath?

A colleague of my husbands (who lives somewhere in England) suggested I make reservations if I want to have high tea at the pumphouse on a Friday afternoon.

Does anyone have experience with this? I didn't see it mentioned in RS guidebook.

Thanks!

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Pump room - right. sorry. I had just got up and wasn't fully awake yet. :)

I'll check out the site...thanks!

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Hi Scrapper, I sent you a pm, I believe that you are interested in having Afternoon Tea instead of High Tea. Afternoon tea is tea, scones and sandwiches and sometime dessert. High Tea is consider dinner which is served 8:00pm and after

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Thank you, Robin & Kent. I think what I want is the afternoon tea which, I believe, is served there from 2:30 til closing (still not sure when they close, though).

I had to go back and figure out what the big deal was with "elevenses" - I'm still not sure what makes that so special, but I think afternoon tea will be just fine.

Thanks so much!

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Elevensies is when one takes their coffee (or tea) break. Been to the Pump Room a couple of times without reservations, but don't know about the Friday bit. If you do go to Bath, don't forget about Sally Lunns.

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Elevense~~~~from Wikepedia

In the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth Realms, elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the morning.[1] It is generally less savoury than brunch, and might consist of some cake or biscuits with a cup of tea or coffee. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11 am. The word "elevenses" is seen as a little old fashioned.[1]

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I remember reading somewhere about someone who was trying to get in the Pump Room by a certain time and found that if she didn't, the waitstaff wouldn't budge. I think that's when I was reading about elevenses, but I'm not sure. So, I looked at the menu and there is a Georgian Elevenses on the menu. Wasn't much, really.

Does Sally Lunn's do takeout?

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Hi.I was in Bath yesterday and although didn't tea in the Pump Room...it didn't look mobed at all (around 3pm on a weekday). We did have tea at Sally Lunn's and yes they do take out (well of their plain buns).
enjoy! Bath was fantastic

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too bad you can't go back tomorrow. :)
the colleague said Friday afternoons are bad because all the ladies want to go out to start the weekend off right.

But, I made reservations - just in case. :)

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Well, there you go. And if afternoon tea is not to be had, there is always cream tea.