Georgie on the way out …
You have got to love a walkie talkie, getting the audio tours ………..
The water is green!
We fell lucky as it was half term so there was activities for children on. Georgie got to make Minerva’s owl. At the roman baths there was a temple where people worshipped to Sulis Minerva as their deity. The owl, symbolises wisdom.
At the end, we walked into the Pump Room, you can go here to have lunch, or a cup of tea. However, we went in to try a drink from the Spa Water Fountain. The water is filtered, so safe (you are asked not to touch the water in the Roman Baths). It is warm and doesn’t taste particularly nice but does apparently contain 43 minerals.
Sally Lunns Buns
Even the Rough Guide book to the area we had mentions Sally Lunns, which is famous in Bath for the buns they produce. We stopped in here for lunch after the Roman Baths. It is an interesting building, the room at the front of the shop where we sat was like an old fashioned English parlour. I think it has been made to look like this to give you a real feeling of eating in a 17th Century house.
The website to the shop tells you the history of the bun saying, “Legend has long been certain that a young Huguenot refugee – Solange Luyon – came to Bath in 1680 after escaping persecution in France. She found work in the kitchen of the bakery in the street known in those days as Lilliput Alley, and originally sold the baker’s wares from a basket in the lanes around Bath Abbey. But Solange – who, due to her colleagues unfamiliarity with French pronunciation, became known as Sally Lunn – had arrived in England with a unique skill to share. She began baking a rich, generous brioche bun similar to the French festival breads that she would have been so familiar with before she fled France.”
The buns were interesting, a bit of a cross between the ‘barmcakes’ we have up here in the north west and brioche. The menu is set round half bun servings as they are much larger than your usual bun. Georgie was made up because when we had walked past the shop on valentine’s day they had heart shaped buns in the window. I asked if they had any left, and so Georgie got to have her bun and chocolate butter in the shape of a heart.
Downstairs, there is a museum that shows how the kitchen once was within the house, which is worth a quick look. We also bought some Sally Lunn buns to take away, for having breakfasts back in the cottage. They are £1.88 each or buy 3 and get your 4th free.
Had a quick drink here, lovely decor! The green the walls had been decorated in was lush. I didn’t get a photo of the upstairs but that was equally gorgeous.
We walked up to the Circus, and even on the rather grey day we had, thought the Georgian architecture was beautiful to look at. This was the vision of John Wood the Elder, who sadly died died 3 months after laying the foundation stone of The Circus. The building was finished under the supervision of his son John Wood the Younger in the mid 18th century.
The Royal Crescent
A little bit further up and we looked at the Royal Crescent just before sundown.
Hall and Woodhouse
Finally tea at Hall and Woodhouse, nice building 🙂