Hands Georgian Tearooms, Bath

Date visited: Monday 8th July 2019

Hands Georgian Tearooms used to occupy the first double frontage in Abbey Street, but now occupies just half. The painted sign on the outside wall advertising Hands Dairy of 1851 has faded a little.

Charles Hands opened a dairy in Bath in 1851, and a tearoom followed in 1860, originally occupying the whole ground floor of a double-fronted building at 1 Abbey Street. The dairy is long gone, and since 2013 the tearoom has been reduced to just half the frontage, and the exterior wall sign celebrating the dairy has faded. However, size isn’t everything.

In addition to the ground floor room for those taking tea, there are also tables outside in Abbey Street. Hands Georgian Tearooms accept cash payments only, with card payments not accepted.

Coffee and walnut cake and a pot of green tea lemon for £6.30.

The menu, for both food and beverages, is relatively short, and the selection of teas unusual, but still covers breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. There were just two cakes on display on the afternoon I visited. A slice of coffee and walnut cake (very nice, with pieces of walnut throughout the cake) and a pot of green tea lemon – with the lemon more noticeable than the tea – with extra water came to £6.30. Service was cheerful and with a smile, despite the staff having to manage some challenging and demanding tourists taking tea at their outside tables.

Inside Hands Georgian Tearooms. It was a hot, sunny day, and the tables outside were busy, with very few customers choosing to take tea inside in the shade.
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