My sister moved to Australia about a year ago and my parents have lived in South Africa on-and-off for the past ten years, so it’s not very often the girls in the family get together for a day out. Today was one of those days, so we met in Bath for a day of shopping in the sunshine and afternoon tea.
Bath is just 1.5hrs from London by train, so I really don’t know why I don’t spend more time there. I went recently for my friend’s hen weekend, and it seems to have started something of a love affair. I arrived in the city this morning – having left London earlier than I would for a day at work – so headed straight for caffiene and down time at Jika Jika, a cute little cafe opposite Bath Spa station that gets 10 points for atmosphere and, like, 2 points for its hot chocolate and its lack of loo. (I mainly rate places by their toilets – sorry.)
My mum’s on the hunt for a new dress, she has a black tie charity function thing to go to and has to look her very best kind of amazing, so the three of us shopped up and down Bath High Street like the old days – and watched people enjoy being covered in pigeons. Weird.
I was slightly nervous about today. My neck, back and arms have been crazy sore this week – hence the delayed blog post – but luckily my mum and sister love to try clothes on which means I get regular breaks in fitting rooms in between wandering around the shops. Plus, I had (obviously) pre-planned a lunch date at The Pump Room, part of the well-known traditional roman baths and oh my wow. Yum.
The restaurant is quaint, beautiful and the perfect place for ladies who lunch. It even had a pianist in black tie who played stunning classical music – and may have brought a tear to our eyes. We got over it by taking photos and eating cake.
Bath is such a beautiful city with so much character, and The Pump Room was the perfect place for catch ups and indulgence. I recommend you go. Seriously, go.
And, after a bit more shopping (where I purchased this beautiful pleated midi skirt) I headed home. Home to rest, eat pizza and search for houses to buy in Bath. Standard.