For years, the Royal Baths has been the jewel in the spa’s architectural crown. The venue sits at the bottom of Parliament Street and faces the Crescent Gardens. After years of neglect and dereliction after the rich and famous (and even some down-to-earth Yorkshire folk!) stopped coming to the spa for treatment, the Royal Baths is once more a centre of excellence. Only in a very different form.
Today the Royal Baths, which originally opened in 1897, is enjoying a renaissance. The Turkish Baths and Health Spa have been extended. Plus, the £1.5m restoration of the Grand Pump Room now houses a Chinese restaurant. The Pump Room of the Royal Baths was originally used to dispense the famous mineral waters to a great octagonal mahogany counter. But the real glory of the 1897 building was the soaring dome. And it was this magnificent architectural feature that meant love at first sight for the site’s restaurateur, Mr Hak Ng.