Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Afternoon Tea Brighton and Hove
Our top picks
Best Places for Afternoon Tea in Brighton
Brighton’s most influential vegetarian restaurant – Terre a Terre – may not be the first place you think of for afternoon tea. But think again! In line with their ethos, Terre a Terre’s creative menus demonstrates both innovation and imagination with a tier of savoury delicacies served with abundant sweet treats, cakes and scones. Vegan and gluten free teas are also available and you can upgrade to include a glass of fizz or a listed cocktail.
What could possibly be more elegant than a spot of afternoon tea at The Grand Brighton? Book a table on the stylish Victoria Terrace overlooking the glorious Brighton seafront and choose from a selection of afternoon tea options, including the classic Victoria Terrace Grand afternoon tea. The epitome of decadence, the three perfectly crafted tiers are sure to delight. Gin fans will love the Brighton G&Tea, showcasing local artisan gin served with traditional sweet and savoury treats. But our favourite is definitely the Moet Moment Sussex afternoon tea.
The historic facade and architectural grandeur of The Metropole Bar are the perfect backdrop for a traditional afternoon tea by the seafront. As you sit in refined comfort, with a beautiful view of the Brighton seafront and iconic West Pier, you will be served tiers of perfectly cut finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and pretty cakes. You’ll be offered speciality tea or coffee but you might prefer a flute of champagne to accompany this special treat. The Metropole Bar’s afternoon tea is seasonally themed so come back to see what’s new. Make sure to book in advance.
Enjoy a Wabi Sabi afternoon tea for two which includes a selection of sweet and savoury treats, it’s the perfect introduction to Japanese cuisine and tasting a bit of everything. You will receive a selection of teas alongside the afternoon tea for two, or if you’re in the mood for some fizz, you can swap to a glass of prosecco at an additional charge.
Afternoon tea Brighton on a vintage bus while you take in Brighton’s historic attractions and the beautiful Sussex countryside…surely this is a dream! The Brighton Regency Routemaster afternoon tea tour is set on the restored decks of the RML 2333. You’ll be overcome with nostalgia as you enjoy an assortment of sweet and savoury patisseries, cakes and sandwiches presented as a tantalising feast. Sip from your china tea cup, Brighton cocktail or glass of prosecco as you sit back and enjoy a soundtrack of classic 1960s anthems.
Located at Brighton Marina, this glamorous hotel overlooking sailboats in the pretty harbour, offers a stunning selection of Brighton afternoon teas. First on the menu is a classic cream tea which is as delicious as it is simple. The Mal Afternoon Tea is a re-imagining of the traditional meal with exotic flavours and clever twists alongside an embarrassment of mouth watering cakes and desserts. Upgrade your afternoon with cocktails of fizz.
This lovely vintage-style Brighton cafe is known for its generous afternoon tea in Brighton. Handmade with seasonal ingredients, Metrodeco’s changing menu offers savoury snacks and sweet delicacies like scones, glazed donuts, mini cakes or macarons. And there is an equally good vegan (vegetarian) menu. This Brighton cafe boasts an awesome selection of speciality tea, and barista made coffee, if that’s your preference. As a bonus, you’ll be offered unlimited tea refills and a glass of fizz with your meal.
Coffee and cake
Join Shelter Hall on the third Sunday of each month for a delightful Afternoon Tea experience. Indulge in a menu crafted by Award-Winning Patisserie Master and GBBO The Professionals finalist 2021 pâtissier, Julien Plumart. Enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury treats, accompanied by Redroaster Coffee or Bird & Blend Tea. Treat yourself or share this experience with loved ones by purchasing their gift vouchers.
Lost In The Lanes, situated in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes area, is a delightful cafe offering freshly roasted coffee from Pharmacie Coffee and a delectable selection of cakes, including vegan options. With a window seat ideal for people-watching, or comfortable tables to relax and unwind, Lost In The Lanes is the perfect spot for a coffee and cake break and provides you with one of the most enticing cake displays in the city.
Lost in the Lanes is not your typical 3 tiers of afternoon tea Brighton delivers at other venues. Lost in The Lanes provides you with the beating heart of the Lanes, arguably one of the best Brighton brunches around – plus the cakes are fantastic.
Vios Cafe is the perfect spot to satisfy your coffee and sweet treat cravings. Whether it’s an iced Freddo coffee in the summer, a cosy Greek hot chocolate in the winter, or an organic cup of your favourite tea, they have you covered. Indulge in their mouthwatering baked goods from Brighton’s Real Patisserie. Whether you need a quick refuel or want to leisurely bask in the sun on their terrace, Vios Cafe has it all.
Post House Cafe Brighton is a spacious cafe tucked away in a prime location for a pit-stop whilst shopping in the Lanes. Enjoy the lovely garden, perfect for sipping coffee and devouring the sweet treats – all made by their resident pastry chef. We loved the cherry and chocolate cake when we last visited! With plenty of delicious cakes on offer, Post House Cafe Brighton is a great spot to recharge and refuel.
Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea and cake at Nanima Kemptown, where you can enjoy a steaming cup of freshly ground Union coffee or a pot of their specialty tea blends alongside a delicious selection of homemade cakes and pastries. Choose from classic Victoria sponge, rich chocolate cake, or tangy lemon drizzle, among other tempting options. Nanima’s cosy and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect place to relax and treat yourself to some delectable sweets. So, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just fancy a midday treat, come and savour the taste of Nanima’s irresistible cakes.
Moksha Caffe is a popular Brighton spot renowned for its exceptional homemade cakes and lovingly crafted coffee. The cafe’s friendly staff add to the welcoming atmosphere, making it a favourite destination for many. With vegan and gluten-free options there’s something for everyone.
While not delivering the typical afternoon tea Brighton expects, Moksha Caffe have proven time and time again they are one of the best cafes in Brighton, having won multiple Brighton Restaurant Awards over the years. What are you waiting for?