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“First class experience”
Review of The Dower House

The Dower House
Ranked #38 of 638 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Dower House restaurant at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath –if an English hotel and restaurant have a more perfect setting, we don’t know of it. The frontage of the Royal Crescent is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture and the gardens, where The Dower House restaurant is set are leafy, secluded and lovely. Newly refurbished, The Dower House now features an elegant dining room and a super cool bar as well as a sunny terrace and manicured lawns for romantic al fresco dining. Head Chefs Gordon Jones and Mark Brega have created a modern British menu inflected with Asian and Mediterranean influences. Our pick? The French quail tart with creamed leeks and braised Puy lentils with Pommery mustard thyme sauce.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Amazing food served by wonderful staff who were very helpful and knowledgeable about both the food and wine.

Thank TDH1960
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

What can I say - absolutely amazing. Spent a wonderful afternoon here with my boyfriend while on a trip to Bath. We shared the Savoury Afternoon Tea and the Authentic Afternoon Tea. The food was delicious and the teas that we picked were wonderful.
The service was second to none and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Thank Niamh Q
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David C, Head Chef at The Dower House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Hello Niamh

Thanks for taking the time to review the Afternoon te you had with us, Great to hear you had such a fantastic visit, will pass on the kind words to the team. Look forward to you visiting again at some point in the near future. Best wishes David.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

What a wonderful afternoon. Perfect service in beautiful settings. Food was devine, compliments to the chef. We chose the savoury tea which was a fantastic mix of pastries and other savoury items.
Well worth a visit.

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David C, Head Chef at The Dower House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our Afternoon tea, very happy to hear you enjoyed it, will pass on your kind words to the team. Hopefully we will see you return sometime in the near future. Many thanks David.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

I took my mum as a mothers Day/birthday treat. We were delighted with our visit. There are three options for afternoon tea.. one is vegetarian, then you can choose between two others; one which is half and half sandwiches and sweet treats, or an option we chose with sandwiches, gorgeous hand made savouries + pastries served with bath buns and scones. We loved this option as hate being faced with the regular boring chocolate cakes or + sicky iced fancies most establishments serve. The savoury items were exquisite and cooked to perfection. We each also had four sandwiches made with good quality bread with generous fresh fillings. We were offered unlimited hot drinks. We thought the tradition bath bun and freshly baked scones were delicious. Staff were friendly, efficient + attentive. The beautiful environmental offered lovely decor and overlooked delightful gardens. Best afternoon tea either of us have ever tasted. Would highly recommend and return for a treat again. There was only one slightly negative thing, but worth pointing out. If you wish to leave a cash tip (as we did) be sure to check your bill as the automatically add 12.5% service charge. This is quite high in my opinion and should not be done without checking with customers first! However, they did remove charge as requested.

1  Thank jme1967e
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David C, Head Chef at The Dower House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post such a wonderful review, we are very proud of our afternoon tea and appreciate the lovely comments you have made about it, the service charge goes 100% to our staff, as it should, all tips we receive go straight back to our wonderful front and back of house team, whether as service charge or in money tips. Thank you and hopefully we will see you return in the near future. Best wishes David.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

We visited The Dower House for Afternoon Tea on the very first day we landed in England, and they set a very high bar for the rest of our holiday. We were shown through from the Royal Crescent Hotel entrance, across their lovely gardens to the restaurant, where our coats and bags were checked for us and, as it was a rainy day, we were seated inside with a view to the garden.

We selected the Elizabeth Montagu ("Savoury meets Sweet") option - the menu is online - which included scrumptious hot meat and pastry savouries, sandwich fingers of coronation chicken, salmon, egg and cress, and sweets to die for: macarroons, things with pistachio, strawberry and white chocolate, buns, and scones with clotted cream. The teas too were almost as delicious - we opted for Golden Assam, and also tried a special anniversary tea RC250 - both wonderful. As a non-drinker who was also recovering from bronchitis, I ordered simple tap water to drink and was not made to feel at all bad for it by the staff (you know what I'm talking about if you've been in that situation!).

The service was immaculate yet warm and friendly, we did not feel rushed, top ups of teas and food were freely offered, and the whole experience was serene on a quiet, rainy day. Two more things! I have to mention how lovely the comfort facilities were - it can be a hard bump back to reality when enjoying A grade food and ambience but the toilets are D grade - this is definitely not the case here! And on departure back through the main hotel entrance, the friendly doorman not only had a brief chat with us about our day, he also popped back inside when the rain suddenly bucketed down to gift us with an older hotel umbrella that was surplus to requirements so that we could walk home without drowning! We would definitely go there again if we revisit Bath.

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Thank Lissel A
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David C, Head chef at The Dower House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you for such a wonderful review of our Afternoon tea, will pass on your lovely comments to our team, hope the Umbrella comes in handy on your future travels, warmer climates excluded! Thank you and best wishes David.

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