The Pump Room, Bath

Posted on 5th Nov 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

In Bath we had lunch in The Pump Room above the Roman baths ,which is the reason the baths were discovered. They were found during the excavation to build the Pump Room in the 1700’s.

Our table for three, booked from Australia online, was set and waiting – we chose the two course set meal for 12 quid ($20) – I had the cream of shallot soup and the lamb cassoulet with a nice wine from Chile followed by a coffee.

The meals were very, very nice and excellent value, considering the special ambience.  Buying a memory as well as a meal.

Two hours disappeared so gently, absorbing the surroundings and listening to a terrific pianist on the grand piano… he kicked off with Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and seamlessly tinkled through bits by Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Andrew Lloyd Webber and ‘Happy Birthday’. The birthday wish was for a corpulent gent aged late 70’s, who looked like Colonel Pickering from My Fair Lady. He graciously accepted the musical wish, the spontaneous round of applause from the other diners and the slice of cake delivered with a single lit candle.

Just lovely.  Highly recommended.

From memory there is one step up to enter the restaurant but from there all is accessible.

I parked my wheelchair and used a cane in the dining room but they would be fine with diners in wheelchairs and there is a bathroom for disabled diners.

The Roman Baths downstairs are not wheelchair friendly but you can see part of the baths from The Pump Room windows.

To cross some cobblestone streets w/c users will need a pusher or, if as mobile as I am, use the chair was a walker.