The Pump Room is a restaurant in a historic building, built in the late eighteenth century, in Bath. It is directly next door to the entrance to the ruins of the Roman Baths.
|The Pump Room in Bath|
I knew they had gluten free options, but I was blown away by the choices available, and sad that I had but one stomach to give to the cause. I had two kinds of gluten free scones -- sweet and savory, and both were incredible. And the butter -- oh my! And the jam -- I don't have the adjectives to do it justice. Suffice it to say that when I finished my sweet scone, I proceeded to put jam on the savory scone as well, it was just that good.
|Gluten Free Scones at The Pump Room|
|Poached egg and gluten free toast at The Pump Room|
I also had a poached egg and a pot of tea, both prepared perfectly. I really wished I had room for their gf carrot cake, but sadly I was stuffed beyond hope.
In Jane Austen's time, the water from the springs was believed to have healing properties and was drunk as a tonic. If you wish to "take the waters," The Pump Room has a table set up with safe water from the spring. (The water in the Roman ruins is contaminated with bacteria, but they are able to obtain drinkable water from a different spot along the natural spring.) It tastes like a combination of tonic water (quinine) and copper pennies. Yuck.
|Drinking Fountain at The Pump Room|
(It was reasonably priced as well. Our breakfast for 5 was $87 US, a bargain for that quality.)