One of my favorite places to visit in England is Bath. It's so full of history and charm, and as a Jane Austen junkie, I like to think I'm walking amongst her spirit there. It's a perfect day trip from London or other nearby cities like Oxford or Bristol, but it's also a great little weekend getaway. Bath is a small city, so there are a few tourist staples one must do in Bath (other than walk around and enjoy the quaint town): 1) visit the Roman baths (duh), 2) visit the Jane Austen Centre, and 3) have tea or a meal at Sally Lunn's for the famous Bath bun.
Legend has it that Sally Lunn was a Huguenot refugee whose real name was Solange Luyon. When she found refuge in England in 1680, she found work in a bakery and her English colleagues had difficulty pronouncing her name so eventually, she became Sally Lunn. She introduced her new friends and colleagues to a brioche-like bread, similar to what she would've had back home. It's popularity quickly spread, and thus the Bath Bun was born.
Now you can visit the house that Sally lived in, which happens to be one of the oldest homes in Bath dating back to 1482. There you can enjoy afternoon tea or have a delightful lunch or dinner. The Bath Bun can be eaten sweet or savory, and traditionally you are served half a bun (they're quite large), so you never know if you'll get a bun top or bun bottom. It's a quaint and cozy house and just complete's your visit to Bath most deliciously.
If you eat at the house, you can visit the museum for free. The museum is just the lower floor showing where Sally may have baked the buns. It's super tiny and I would not recommend going just for the museum, because you'll be done in about ten seconds. However, down there you can purchase buns to go as well as some teas and jams.
My only complaint was that the tea I had was odd, and when I went to pour my tea into my cup, clumps of tea came out. I asked the waitress about it, and she told it was normal. I don't think that's normal, but I didn't let that ruin my day or the enjoyment of my Bath Bun.
For more on Sally Lunn and the history of Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House, check out there website here.
It's a must visit! You can also check out our episode of Tea with Justine on all the Bath highlights, including more on the famous bun! If you've been, what's your favorite way to eat the bun? I'd love to hear!