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.
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.
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