This is where visitors to the spa used to come in the mornings for a large drink of the famous waters. You can still try the stuff – tastes rather metallic, but I’ve had worse. Cheltenham water is said to be truly awful. This is now an upmarket tea room, and if you are lucky you can be serenaded by a string quartet. It’s a lovely bright place with the original pump in place and in many ways has not changed.
the famous pump with thirsty fish
The room in its Georgian heyday
The famous clock by Tompion
Statue of Beau Nash, first MC and in charge of social activity in the city. He made his living from tips and gambling
Portrait of Ralph Allen, who developed the Bath stone quarries, and made his fortune by improving the postal system which had previously meant all post went via London .He was also a famous benefactor of the arts and local charities such as the mineral water hospital. His grand mansion at Prior Park just outside the city is now a school