Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Pump Room

There was so much else to tell you about the Roman Baths that I didn’t show you the Pump Rooms. It’s basically a big restaurant with piano music in the background. We’d had our big breakfast and planned on a nice dinner somewhere so we didn’t really want lunch. I didn’t feel dressed quite right for such a grand

place, either, but I wasn’t so intimidated that I didn’t feel happy snapping pictures. In fact, I snapped away to my heart’s content, from one end of the room to the other.

Though the staff of the baths, which as you can see are right behind the restaurant, wouldn't let Bill touch the water in the pool

to test its temperature, there was the opportunity drink some of the mineral water in the Pump Room. Neither of us was tempted.

As you can see it was a gorgeous place, but I had the vague impression that as a prime tourist trap, ‘pump’ was the operative word for what the prices might do to one’s wallet.


FB @ said...

*laughing* I LOVE IT

You: And what does "Pump" refer to?
Waiter: The customers.. er.. I mean, the way the water is pumped. I have to go pour some water now.

Frugal Scholar said...

Thanks for posting pics of your adventures. I will ask for suggestions next time I go to England. I don't feel that I ever did England "right."

Pauline Wiles said...

Yes indeed, the prices there are not trivial! I have had tea there, just the once, just because it was the quintessential Bath thing to do...

Joanne said...

We have been to Hot Springs, Ark and tried the "bathhouse". One of the things they do is give you some of the spring water to drink while you soak in the bath. The water has a taste, but not unpleasant.

Shelley said...

Joanne -- I went to Hot Springs AR years and years ago, but sadly not as a tourist. Must go back again sometime. My scary Grandmother came from Arkansas and loads of my genealogy is set in Western AR.

I'm not a fan of mineral water I must admit. I trust to getting enough minerals in the healthy food I eat.

FS -- How to do England right... that would be a tough one -- just about as hard as how to do the US right. Not as big, obviously, but far more history per square kilometre.