Sally Lunn’s world-famous tea and dining house should be top of your activity list when visiting the historic city of Bath, England.
Sally Lunn’s is not only a bustling diner to sample the famous “Bath Bunn” in a range of different ways; it also houses the actual kitchen used by baker Sally Lunn herself to create and perfect her now legendary Bunn.
During our visit to Bath, England, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Bath landmark. Originally built in 1482, the site was already a bakehouse, but Sally Lunn really put it on the map when she came to work in the existing bake house in 1680 and started to make her now famous rich, round light Bunn. Made with fresh eggs, local butter and warm milk, a type of French brioche, people came from far and wide to eat her Bunn. Nearly 350 years later, nothing has changed.
The basement in the diner also houses the original kitchen that Sally baked in, which is now a museum. Dining at Sally Lunn’s gives free entry to visit the kitchen museum and view it as it would have appeared in Georgian times. The extremely knowledgeable guide gave a fascinating history of how the young Huguenot baker tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit and made a success of her bakehouse.
After purchasing several Bunn’s to take away with us, we went back upstairs to the diner to enjoy brunch.
There’s certainly something for everyone in the extremely varied menu made up of savoury, sweet, breakfast and all-day meals.
As you would expect, the Bunn was the centre of all the dishes. On first sampling the Bunn, my guest commented that it reminded him of Agege bread from Nigeria, though it had a lighter consistency! High praise indeed!
Many of the meals consisted of slicing the Bunn in half and there is a wide variety of options to choose from. Highlights included the English Breakfast Bunn (£13.95), which is a half-toasted Bunn topped with all the breakfast trimmings.
Sally Lunn’s French Toast (£10.50) – served with a fried egg and Sally Lunn’s Open Club (£9.50) – roast chicken breast, bacon, lettuce and tomato were delicious. Special mention to the Amazing Lemon Curd £5.50 – which comprised of toasted butter and is served with the best lemon curd. A deliciously sweet treat. These were just a few standout meals, among great dishes.
There are lots of options when it comes to the drink’s menu, but we recommend you opt for the Baileys Hot Chocolate with Cream (5.50) this was firm favourite. The more-ish taste of the Baileys really comes through.
Extremely popular, both floors of the diner were completely packed on both occasion that we visited. Yes, we went back again the following day, it was that good!
With the quaint décor, friendly service and knowledge of the history and legend of the diner, our visit to Sally Lunn’s was a delicious and memorable experience.