On our way to Cornwall, Sophia and I decided to have a quick stop in Bath. From the moment we arrived we had our heads looking up at all the wonderful buildings. The architecture is stunning … and dangerous since we nearly walked out onto the road into traffic a number of times because we weren’t looking where we were going.
It’s great place to walk around, lots of cobble streets with cute shops selling ice cream and china tea sets. Lots of book shops too … with a LOT of Jane Austen memorabilia – books, pictures, postcards, magnets, tea towels. You name it, they’ve stuck Jane Austen’s face on it. This, and the fact that every second restaurant offers cream teas, makes it rather hard not to like Bath.
We went into a lovely little place called Sally Lunn’s Tea Room. The exterior was so pretty and the display of buns and cakes and treats in the shop window made it impossible to walk past.
Their specialty was the ‘Sally Lunn Bun’, most certainly not to be confused with the ‘London Bath Bun’ which, we were told, is the Sally Lunn Bun’s inferior copy. For those of you (like us, you know, normal people) who are not Bun educated, their menu provides all pertinent Bun information and etiquette:
Yep, it’s official: English people are indeed capable of being snooty pedants of just about anything and everything.
But that’s what makes us so loveable! (right?) 🙂
The building itself is one of the oldest houses in Bath. The place is named after Solange Lunn, who changed her name to Sally when she fled France in 1680 and settled in Bath, finding work in a bakery. It was here that she created to illustrious ‘Sally Lunn Bun’.
It became a very popular delicacy in Georgian England, with customers visiting the bakery specifically for Sally’s Bun, and they have served it ever since.
We ordered the two course lunch of soup and a bun for £12.88, complete with a pot of their house blend tea and I have to say it was the perfect road trip lunch, though if I’m honest I don’t really get what all the fuss is about “The Bun”. It’s certainly very nice, but nothing particularly special compared to other buns … not that I would have dared utter such a statement while in Sally Lunn’s Tea Room – those people are seriously proud of their buns!
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, and while their sweet buns did look very tempting judging by the plates of cinnamon buns and carrot cakes we saw on other tables, we decided to hunt around and find another spot for our treat. This didn’t take us long to find since round the corner was a fudge shop called Fudge Kitchen, with a man making fudge right there in the store.
The staff was really friendly and explained how they made the fudge and gave us some free samples to try. It was fun to chat to them and watch the fudge being make. Looks like quite a workout! Exhausted from watching the fudge-makers strenuous mixing and pounding of the fudge, we thought it wise to get a slice of salted caramel fudge to nibble on in the car. Got to keep those sugar levels ups while road tripping!
Then we were back on the road and couldn’t wait to reach our little cottage by the sea.
#AteTooMuchFudge #CarSick #RoadTripFail