Sally Lunn's is the oldest known house in Bath. The present timber-framed building dates from 1492 and Roman and Medieval ... More
Sally Lunn's is the oldest known house in Bath. The present timber-framed building dates from 1492 and Roman and Medieval remains have been found below the cellar floor. Sally Lunn, a young French girl, did not arrive until 1680. She brought with her a recipe for the sweet, brioche-style bread that has become known as the Sally Lunn Bun. The tearooms are sadly not designed for the numerous visitors wanting to experience a taste of the famous Sally Lunn Bun, which makes for a cozy dining experience. You can, however, savor the exceptional light bites dating back to those times that are still offered here. For history enthusiasts, the kitchen museum is a great avenue to check out the historic kitchen used by none other than the lady herself.
Nice to report back on a place that, whilst busy and clearly popular, goes the extra mile to make a visit special. This cute old building is famous for this large bun which is actually quite breadlike but served in zillions of guises from sweet to savoury - all the ones we tried were amazing. Dinner was on offer too but we hadn't time. Nice place - other review here doesn't seem to be for same place.
I have spent many evenings enjoying a pot of tea and one of the fine selections from the menu. If I am in Bath for only one night, Sally Lunn's is where I dine. The lamb is a particular favorite, as is the rare bit. Of course the Sally Lunn buns are not to be missed. On a rare occasion the service has been a touch below par, with such discontent occuring during the busiest periods when the those waiting for a table are queued out the door. At all other times it has been a pleasure. Those who walk on by do so at their own loss.
I went to the Sally Lunn's Tea Rooms on 20th July 2004. Few minutes after ordering my meal waitress came back to let me know that they are out of boiled eggs. I don't see how is it a problem to boil an egg or two, however I said that I was happy with smoked salmon. My plate wasn't clean and it was very greasy, bun was old & parsley sprinkled on our food wasn't fresh. I also expected nicer looking teapots, tea was searved into a metal teapot, the sort that is used in hospitals. The other half of the bun was soaked in butter, but jam & cream were great. Great dissapointment, especially after having to listen to a kitchen staff have an argument as well. It is a great pity that standard is so poor, I think locals & tourists deserve more.
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