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Teatime in Bath
Yes, it’s super touristy—just go with it. The Regency stiffness of Bath is bound to give you a craving for that quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea, served with jam, clotted cream, and scones. Try the Pump Room at the Roman Baths, which serves “Bath buns” (sweet buns sprinkled with sugar), or Sally Lunn’s at 4 North Parade Passage (www.sallylunns.co.uk; [tel] 01225/461634), which makes such a big deal of its light Sally Lunn buns you’d swear you’d even heard of them before, which you haven’t. The latter’s building itself is one of the oldest in Bath, dating from 1482, and shows little hint of any changes with its crooked floors and low ceilings. For £7 to £12, you can sample a range of cream teas, which include toasted and buttered buns served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The Regency Tea Rooms at the Jane Austen Centre offer “Tea with Mr Darcy” sets (yes, I know . . .) for £17 to £22, and basic cream tea sets from £5.50.