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I requested this topic from the dooyoo team as I was quite suprised that it wasn't already included. Sally Lunn's is a delightful tea room based in Bath and I hope that my review will do it justice.
Every Christmas me and my aunt go on a trip to Bath. It is one of my favourite days of the year. We do a great deal of shopping, but we take time out, to take morning tea at Sally Lunn's tea rooms.
I had never heard of this famous tea room before I was introduced to it's charm and quaintness by my Aunt. I must admit, I had fallen in love with this place, just by hearing my aunt's praises. But I had no idea how charming an experience It would be to dine there.
When you step from the cobbled back streets into the tea room, it is almost as if you are transported back in time. The seating area is quite small. This can indeed cause you to wait a while for a seat. But I would urge you to wait as the experience is well worth it.
The tables are layed with fresh white table cloths. There is a silver sugar bowl and neat little salt and pepper pots on each table. The waitresses are dressed in old fashioned waitress costumes, which further adds to the dining experience. There is a comprehensive menu to choose from. A fine selection of various teas and coffees. There are jacket potatoes with various fillings, pastries and cream teas.
However the reason why Sally Lunns is so famous is because of the Sally Lunn buns. A trip to Sally Lunns without trying a bun would be like visiting Disney land and not seeing Mickey Mouse!!
Sally Lunn was a young French refugee. She arived in England over 300 years ago. She found work in a bakery and began making a brioche type bun which became hugely popular. People began to travel from far and wide to the bakery in Lillyput alley where Sally made the buns.
It is believed that the popularity of the buns, made many people eager to try and recreate the recipe. But none were as gorgeous as Sally Lunn's apparently her buns became famous worldwide and it was this success that began the Sally Lunn tea rooms.
The sally Lunn recipe is still a highly guarded secret to this day. With the recipe being sold on her death along with the deeds of her house.
So, what is the sally Lunn bun like? well the answer to this question is totally out of this world. They are doughy and fluffy and extremely soft and satisfying. This coupled with the various fillings that you can choose from makes for a delicious and heaven sent culinary experience.
I had my Sally Lunn bun with butter and home made blackberry preserve. The butter soaked into the delicious round, warm bun and the blackberry preserve was quite tarte and added an extra depth to the delicate floury taste of the bun. I can Honestly say this was one of the most divine things I have ever tasted.
I did notice that people at other tables were having Sally Lunn buns with bacon and scrambled eggs. Another lady was having a bun with garlic mushrooms. All these dishes looked totally delectable. Each served efficiently by a highly polite waitress. The tea is served in silver pots with a tea strainer and small jug of milk. Everything is quaint and elegant and made me feel like I was a lady of a different era taking tea.
The background music is very classical. Although not too heavy. Just gentle pleasing music to further add to the ambience of the tea rooms.
Sally Lunn's is not cheap, but I wouldn't say it was overly expensive either. I think that a bun with butter and preserve and two pots of tea came to around £18. This may seem a lot, but you would pay just as much in a local cafe in Bath. Also I think it is worth paying a little bit extra for an annual treat that I so dearly enjoy.
If you are looking for something more substantial to eat, then Sally Lunns do offer a lunch and evening menu. I did manage to have a quick browse at the set lunch menu and was impressed with the reasonable price of around £20 I remember that there was a glass of wine included in that too. (I never forget anything with alcohol involved!!)
The toilets are a little bit pokey, it has to be said. There is not enough room to swing the proverbeal cat. But once you have managed to negotiate the queues of people waiting the toilet area is very clean and quaint and inkeeping with the rest of the surroundings.
Having tea in Sally Lunn's is a great experience. It is an experience I would urge you to try for yourselves, if you ever visit Bath. In todays society where you are bombarded by fast food joints it is a real treat to have good old fashioned service. It is delightfully quaint and dare I say very English. On the twice I have visited I have become totally enthralled by its charm. I am counting down to Christmas so I can visit again.