20 August sees the end of Afternoon Tea Week! What could be better than an excuse to munch scones and jam, little yummy sandwiches and pastries all with a huge steaming pot of tea? We don’t need telling twice – here’s some of our faves around Sussex… you’re welcome.
South Lodge, Horsham
Where better to have afternoon tea than in a five star country house hotel. Either served in the drawing room overlooking the South Downs or when warmer, alfresco on the lawns. They serve all the traditional treats, scones with clotted cream and jam, fresh sandwiches and patisseries… and cake! Make sure you’re hungry before arrival because you’re sure to leave completely stuffed.
Afternoon tea starts from £32.50 per person.
Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS
The Grand, Brighton
Not just anyone makes it to The Independent’s top 14 afternoon tea spots, but in 2015 The Grand did. They not only make a delicious afternoon tea, but include some of the history of it, it is a part of our British heritage after all! They offer a simple option, just tea and scones if you want something small, and a three tiered extravaganza if you want a full blown spread.
The Grand Brighton
Afternoon Tea starts at £16.95 for Victoria Terrace Tea and £29.95 for Victoria Grand Afternoon Tea.
The Grand Brighton, 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton East Sussex, BN1 2FW
Badgers @ The Old Village Bakery, Alfriston
If you fancy something quaint and cute, this is the place for you. Located in a 500 year-old building that used to be the village bakery, they do a beautiful afternoon tea served in bone china cups poured from silver teapots. Served in the garden or cosy tea room depending on the weather, this place is just lovely.
Afternoon tea starts at £15.50 per person.
North Street, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5UG
Fletcher’s House, Rye
Fletcher’s House is situated right in front of St. Mary’s Church in the Citadel of Rye and is named thus as it was once home to Jacobean playwright John Fletcher. Cosy log fires in winter and the beautiful terrace garden in summer, this great place is sure to please. They even have their own “Fletcher’s House Tea.” Yum!
Afternoon Tea Starts at £10.45 per person.
Fletcher’s House, 2 Lion Street, Rye, TN31 7LB
Robson’s of Lewes
With both indoor and outdoor seating, this charming little coffee shop in Lewes is a real gem. The scones are homemade and come with Cornish clotted cream… delicious!
Robson’s of Lewes
Afternoon tea starts at £14.00 for 2 persons.
22a High Street, BN7 2LN, Lewes
The Buttery at the Crypt, Chichester
This historic building dates back to the twelfth century! A stones throw away from Chichester Cathedral and the clock tower, it has been described as “a fine specimen of very ancient architecture, well deserving the notice and inspection of the antiquarian.” In addition to being hugely historic, it serves a delicious afternoon tea filled with options such as tea cakes and Bakewell tarts.
Afternoon tea starts at £5.50 per person with many optional add ons.
12a South St, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1EJ
Three-tiered cake stands, loose tea from ‘Mdtea’ and optional fizz or gin this place is great fun. “A storm in a 1930’s tea cup.” They want you to engage in the frivolities of a bygone era, and you can do so with tea infused cocktails if you please!
Afternoon tea starts at £22.00 per person.
38 Upper St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1JN
Tea Rooms at Chestnuts of Alfriston
Local ingredients, vegan, gluten and dairy free options available and delicious homemade scones. This traditional tea room located in the heart of a beautiful country village is perfect for an afternoon tea, they even have stacks of books to choose from so you can read while indulging… sounds lovely!
Tea Rooms at Chestnuts
Afternoon tea starts at £9.95 per person.
8 Highstreet, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TB
Stanmer House, Brighton
If you feel like dining somewhere beautiful, Stanmer House is a fantastic and whimsical venue for afternoon tea, particularly in summer where you can enjoy the lovely surroundings of Stanmer park. This grade one listed building is steeped in history and is just gorgeous. They do a whole range of afternoon teas varying from meaty to veggie to boozy so take your pick… I personally love the sound of “The Brighton Gin Tea,” obviously served in a tea pot.
Afternoon tea starts at £24 per person.
A Proud Country House, Stanmer Park, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9QA