Here’s what they said about us:
Today we are in Bath Somerset, a beautiful historic heritage site built around its natural mineral hot springs.
We aren’t just looking for the traditional afternoon tea: we want to know how it can be a little bit different.
We are here, at the historic Pulteney Bridge, right in the heart of Bath. The bridge was built by Robert Adam to connect Bath to the other side of the River Avon. It also features in the film Les Misérables. I won’t be doing like Russell Crowe today and jump off the bridge:
I’m just here to sample Britain’s best-loved tradition: afternoon tea.
First up on our list is Brigit’s Bakery: it offers afternoon tea with a French twist.
Afternoon tea has been around for hundreds of years, dating back to the early 19th century. People would only eat twice a day: breakfast and dinner. This wasn’t enough for some. Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, was one of these. She found that she was a little bit peckish in the afternoon. So, her solution was to have a pot of tea in a light snack in a boudoir.
She invited friends over to enjoy this and it caught on.
Although the bus tour is no longer available,
Bridgit’s Bakery offers a range of afternoon teas in their Bakery in Bath:
from traditional to vegetarian, halal and gluten-free.
Here’s a bit of the history of Bridgit’s Bakery:
We opened our first bakery back to 2010 that was nearby the London Eye. We specialise in afternoon tea and we opened the second one in 2012 in Covent Garden.
Bath is an amazing city, so beautiful, so green and the history of Bath is also super interesting: it’s a Roman city! Also, one of the things that attracted us to to Bath is that this city is promoting new, independent businesses and we are still a small independent business. They were so welcoming and Bath as well is quite British, there’s a lot of tourists here and what tourists want when they come to Britain is its afternoon tea – with your French twist!
What is special about your cakes? what is French about them?
We kept two traditional cakes, in addition to the scone: we have the cupcake and lemon meringue, which are the English touch to the afternoon tea.
Additionally, our special touch is this little kind of puffs we call that sucre a la creme in French, which is not the traditional puff you would have in any other French patisserie, it’s slightly different.
The other one is actually one of my favourite ones: it’s a little verrine, the base is red fruits and you have the whipped cream and coconut which is delicious.
So, if you’re ever in Bath, please look up at Brigit’s Bakery: we’ve had an amazing time here!