We welcome the arrival of summer holiday by visiting Bath for a one day trip. Bath is a city located in the south west of England, about 2 and a half hours away from London by train and about an hour away from Cardiff by train.
This is the west front of Bath Abbey, which is an Anglican parish church founded in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th century, one of the most recognised architectures in Bath. We love the carefree lifestyle of the city, it was Tuesday when we visited, but we couldn’t really tell if it’s weekday or weekend. Reminded me of Stratford-upon-Avon, where I used to stayed for a year.
Ever wonder why is Bath known as Bath? This is because Bath is gifted with natural mineral spring and it has been a spa town for 2000 years. This is the Roman Bath. The Romans were the first to realise the value of the hot mineral water and built their religious spa of Aquae Sulis around the springs.
Tummies rumbling and it’s time for food. We read from the leaflet which says that “You cannot visit Bath without experiencing the taste of the World Famous Sally Lunn Bath Bun”. This caught our attention. Without second thoughts, we popped into Sally Lunn’s for its infamous Bath bun.
Before having our afternoon tea, we visited the museum which is located inside the building. We learned that Sally Lunn is a young French refugee who arrived in England more than 300 years ago. She baked a rich, round and generous bread which is now known as the Sally Lunn Bun. This is the original kitchen with its faggot oven, Georgian range and old baking utensils.
Here comes the Sally Lunn Bun which we have anticipated. The toasted and buttered bun was served with Tiptree Strawberry Jam and local clotted cream. The bun was served warm, it was mildly sweet and very aromatic. Coupled with the strawberry jam and local clotted cream, it was fantastic.
We also had another Sally Lunn Bun served with traditional thick cut orange Marmalade at £3.08. The Marmalade tasted authentic, we love the sense of bitterness in it, and occasionally biting on the thinly sliced orange. Both strawberry and Marmalade weren’t overly sweet, the original taste of the fruits were exceptionally good.
It was a pleasant afternoon tea. In our humble opinion, this restaurant is certainly worth a visit. Service was very good and the prices justify the quality of the food. For more information, please visit their website here.
4 North Parade Passage,
Bath BA1 1NX,