20 May 2011

{Orient Observer}

“I love everything that’s old, — old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.” — Oliver Goldsmith

{White Sand Inspiration}

{Bath Bun}

Jane Austen was only too familiar with Bath Buns. She often found it necessary to sneak them surreptitiously into her room to augment the rather meagre meals given by her well-meaning but rather stingy Aunt Leigh Perrot. ("A Year in Bath, April.)

Bath Buns are probably this city's most famous gastronomic contribution. No one is sure of their origin, but they were mentioned as early as 1763. Another famous baker, Sally Lunn, lends her name to a similar type of tea bread. The Sally Lunn Bun is baked from a secret recipe, handed down through the generations. It is only available at Sally Lunn's Refreshment House, where she established her baking as a favourite of fashionable society in the 1680's. The actual building is the oldest house in Bath, dating from the fifteenth century. Today's visitors can still enjoy a scrumptious tea and a tour through their Kitchen Museum.
Bath Buns

'Mix together one quartern of flour and a pound of butter, five eggs and a cup full of yeast and set before the fire to rise. When effected, add quarter pound of sugar mauled fine in an earthern pottle and (add)an ounce of carraways mixed in. Add a little treacle. Make into little cakes the size of a pippen (sic) and place in an iron spider and cover with cloth, to rise. When effected, put on the iron top, cover same with hot ashes and coals and surround with same and bake. These cakes are good with tea. If they are to be sent to a fine gentleman's table, omit the carraways, split and butter and insert berries or fruit and pile same on top

From The Observer Guide to British Cookery by Jane Grigson
Bath Buns Recipe:
1 1/2 cup lukewarm milk 1/3 cup raisins
1 package dry yeast 3 tablespoons, chopped, candied orange peel
1/3 cup butter or shortening 2 cups sifted flour
1 tablespoon sugar egg to brush
1 teaspoon salt granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten

Dissolve yeast in milk.

Cream butter with sugar and salt. Add yeast.
Blend in egg, raisins and peel. Add flour gradually, beating well after each addition.
Let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 1 ½ hours.
Shape into buns and put on greased sheet. Cover and let rise to double size.
Brush with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in hot oven, 400 degress, 12-15 minutes.

Sally Lunn Refershment House History (XVIII Century)

A very pretty mid terrace, 3 bedroom Grade II listed Georgian cottage with a most attractive large level rear garden and garage,located in a popular residential area within the catchment of many good schools.
Price: £485,000
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66 Entry Hill is the middle one of three very pretty grade two listed artisan cottages, located in an appealing secluded terrace towards the top of Entry Hill. The attractive, light and airy accommodation which has a wealth of original period features is arranged over two floors and provides practical and easy family living space. On the ground floor there is a lovely drawing room to the front over looking the pretty front garden and a large open plan kitchen and family/dining room to the rear with access to the garden and sun terrace. On the first floor there are three good size bedrooms. The master bedroom overlooks the garden to the rear and has an en suite shower room. In addition there is a generous family bathroom.

Externally to the front there is a pretty and secluded town garden and to the rear accessed from the kitchen and dining room there is a particularly generous and well stocked level garden with a wealth of mature shrubs and trees and a vegetable garden. There are also two pretty paved sun terraces. In addition there is a single garage to the rear that has gated access from the garden and vehicular access via Entry Hill Park.


The property is positioned on the southern slopes of Bath in an elevated location close to Combe Down village. The nearby village area of Bear Flat is also very close and provides a number of local shops and amenities. The property is also particularly well positioned for easy access to nearby schools which include Combe Down C of E Infants School, St Martins School, Beechen Cliff, Hayesfield Girls School, The Paragon Junior School, Prior Park College and King Edwards senior schools.

Bath city centre is approximately ¾ mile distant and provides a full range of retail outlets together with many other amenities and cultural centres which include the Theatre Royal, various museums, Thermae Spa and cinema complex.

Communications include the Bath Spa mainline railway station which provides direct access to London Paddington, Swindon, Bristol and South Wales together with the M4 junction 18 which is approximately 11 miles north of the city. Nearby surrounding towns include Frome, Bradford on Avon, Shepton Mallet and the Cathedral city of Wells with the cosmopolitan city of Bristol being some 10 miles to the west.

Cobb Farr (Real State)

35 Brock Street
Bath BA1 2LN
Tel: 0843 4693 893 (BT 4p/min)Fax: 01225 429 000

{Princess of Monaco and Aristoteles Onassis Dinning in 1960}