Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bristol/Bath Meals Out

 

 

 

 


We were told that we shouldn't miss the Pump Room in Bath...

...for a traditional afternoon cream tea.

It's easy to imagine this very room as the place where young society ladies searched for husbands...

...while married men trolled for mistresses.

The food was very pretty and quite delicious (I loved the crustless watercress and egg salad sandwiches!)...

...but, even factoring in history and atmosphere...

...at 17 pounds per person, there was waaaay too much food, and no sign of the much raved about personal attention by the waitstaff.

In short, if you go to Bath for an afternoon tea...

...visit the Pump Room first for a free look-see, then find a local tearoom with a nice cream tea for approximately 4.5 pounds.

It will be just the right amount of food needed by a peckish traveler (scones, clotted cream, jam and tea)...

...and if it's atmosphere you're after, you can ask one of your party to hum some of the oddly Muzak-like string arrangements played at the Pump Room.

Other recommendations in Bath?

Avoid the Jane Austen Centre at all costs.

Instead of being exceedingly diverted ...

...it was more much ado about nothing.

Do visit the Fashion Museum, however...

...if for nothing else than to try on a corset in your size...

...and make a point to walk along the Royal Crescent (lovely!).

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In Bristol, the girls were anxious to eat BACON.

Now, you may not know that I am a lacto- ovo- vegetarian...

...with intermittent fish-eating lapses.

My children, however, are omnivores (when they eat away from home)...

...and this bothers me not a whit.

Bristol is the kind of place...

...where nearly every restaurant features a bacon sandwich special.

I think the girls ate their quota of the stuff last week...

...in morning bacon sandwiches, traditional English breakfasts and Eggs Benedict.

(Even they couldn't stomach the black pudding, however!)

The other meat-containing dish that they were anxious to try were pasties...

...chicken and veg for one, steak for the other.

Next: Meals eaten at home.

(Wait until you see the photos of our butterfat-filled 'fridge!!!)


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2 comments:

PeggyR said...

Everything looks yummy!

Vilt à la Kim said...

I don't dare to eat everything in England... often made with more fat Then I usually do...