My 22nd birthday – Exploring the Roman Baths and afternoon tea at the Jane Austen Regency Tea Rooms
With my birthday fast approaching, I suddenly realised I never got round to blogging about last years birthday celebrations. It was such a lovely day and despite the fact a year has lapsed, it is definitely worth sharing.
I woke up on the 12th of April to a champagne breakfast, blooming roses and beautifully wrapped presents in pastel blue and pink shades tied with white satin ribbon. As always my mum had gone to great lengths to make sure everything looked beautiful. There was also a basket full of delicious treats that sat waiting to be explored, vintage cocktail glasses in the corner and a lovely glass dish sitting elegantly on top of presents. Twenty two going on twelve, I raced through breakfast eager to unwrap all of them. There will be more about that in the next post!
I decided to spend the day in my favourite city with my mother and Grandma. Whilst I love London, it cannot compete with the elegance and stunning architecture in Bath. Situated just over an hour away from my home in Somerset, and nestled inside a valley surrounded by luscious greenery it provides me with both my city loves and West Country charms. You may recognise the golden bath stone scenery from last years post.
Our first stop was the Roman Baths. The natural hot springs that flow beneath the city have hugely influenced Bath’s history and it’s development. In 70 AD, the Romans built the baths as a sanctuary to bathe and socialise believing the steaming springs were the work of the gods. The imposing pillars and statues are regarded as some of the most well preserved Roman artefacts in the world. The Roman Baths houses priceless pieces of history including a gilt bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva. It was quite surreal to imagine the baths filled with Romans 2000 years ago, engaged in vibrant conversations and relaxing with friends. Visually, the classical elegance and exquisite craftsmanship is breathtaking and the fascinating information within the museum makes the Roman Baths a must for any history or art enthusiast.
After visiting the Roman Baths, we took a stroll around Bath, taking in the chic city vibe and admiring the whimsical cafes and restaurants that lined the streets. As we meandered are way through the city, I remained at a complete loss as to where we were going.
I was wearing a Zara dress and coat, Office boots and a vintage silk scarf and bracelet.
When my mum and Grandma revealed that they were taking me for afternoon tea at the Jane Austen Tea Room, I was delighted.The Regency Tea Rooms are held at the Jane Austen Centre, a traditional Georgian townhouse exhibiting the memoirs of Jane Austen and her time in bath and the city’s influence upon her writing. I’ve always had a fascination with bygone eras, especially in literature so for me this was a real treat.
Our table was situated next to the window, allowing us to enjoy the views whilst sipping our tea.
I couldn’t help but feel as though I’d travelled back in time, with classical paintings hanging on the walls and old fashioned table cloths draped over tables.
The waitress was dressed in a period costume and referred to us each as ‘my lady’, which made the tea feel even more authentic.
Nothing was ever too much trouble and the jam and cream were free flowing – something I made good use of!
My Grandma treated us to the ‘Ladies Afternoon Tea’, a quintessential assortment of finger sandwiches, warm scones served with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a loose-leaf tea of our choosing from a selection of 15. Everything was heavenly, in particular the four piccalilli and ham sandwiches which all strangely found there way onto my plate. We all chose a different pot of tea, but each of us remarked on what a flavoursome blend it was. The quality and the tea rooms efforts to use homemade, locally sourced food was evident with every mouthful.
That evening we headed back home to a delicious buffet and more presents before I headed off out to meet friends for a night of merriment.
A birthday should always be a day comprising of your favourite things, so the fact mine involved beautiful Bath, shopping, breathtaking history and afternoon tea, it was without a doubt a wonderful birthday indeed!
I’m Jenna! A photographer, stylist and recipe developer constantly seeking and sharing life’s little tonics. Here is where I share delicious, sparkly stories from Somerset, with my rescue dogs in tow.
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