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Afternoon tea is without a doubt the most delicious English tradition. Every visitor to the beautiful Leonardslee House should expect to enjoy the very finest food, spectacular views and the ultimate tea experience. Afternoon tea is set within the drawing-room of the two-storey Italianate mansion, dating back to 1801. Guests enjoying afternoon tea can enjoy impressive views over the gardens and South Downs. Choose from three afternoon tea selections, including a fun version for children. Find out more.

The Hilton Metropole in Brighton has long been a mark of excellence for service, grandeur and quality, what better place for a decadent and luxurious afternoon tea? The Hilton Met has been serving cream tea for over 125 years and still celebrates the traditional set of sandwiches, scones and cakes prepared to the exacting standards of the Metropole’s head chef. For those wishing to make a little break from tradition you can opt for prosecco or champagne with your tea, and for those whose dietary requirements might impede their enjoyment, there is a gluten-free cream tea and high tea option.

We can’t think of anywhere we would rather enjoy a spot of afternoon tea than at The Grand Hotel. Seated in a sleek and stylish Victoria Terrace overlooking the sea, choose from a selection of different tea options, including their classic Victoria Terrace Grand afternoon tea. Full of decadence and culinary brilliance, three tiers of pure delight await. For the G&T fanatics amongst you try the Brighton G&Tea, showcasing local artisan gin served with traditional sweet and savoury treats. For a little extra luxury, opt for the Moet Moment afternoon tea, where you can enjoy a glass of Moet alongside your scones! Find out more here.

The Wardroom at The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton is the perfect seaside spot for Afternoon Tea. They serve a variety of options including Cream Tea, traditional Afternoon Tea and, for a little added class, there are options which include Prosecco or Champagne. There is tea for everyone’s taste with seven different choices available and coffee for those who prefer a little more of an afternoon caffeine kick. Their outside space is also a splendid spot for a bit of alfresco dining in the summer time, looking out over Brighton’s gorgeous coastline sipping tea and enjoying delicious sandwiches.

Served in the Chez Mal Lounge at the Brighton Malmaison, it is the ideal setting for a classic afternoon tea. With the best views of the marina, it’s a setting made for the great British tradition. The Chez Mal twist on the afternoon tea includes chipotle chicken & avocado wraps, salted chocolate brownies (GF), frozen summer berry smoothies and many more delights to feast on with speciality teas to choose from. You can opt to have champagne or a cocktail at an additional cost. And not forgetting you can enjoy your afternoon tea overlooking the sea on the ship-shaped outdoor terrace!

Vegetarian giant, Terre a Terre serve up a selection of delicious savouries followed by two tiers of sweet. Forget cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, Terre a Terre use this menu to show off and prove just how wrong people who say ‘vegetarian food is boring’ are. Like the Terre Tapas, the afternoon tea and cream tea demonstrate the level of innovation and imagination that has marked this restaurant out as one of Brighton’s most celebrated. Vegan and gluten free teas are also available.

New from February 2017, The Salt Room launched its Afternoon Tea menu – a chance to relax, enjoy a range of savoury and sweet treats along with a pot of Jing tea or Roasted Bean Co. coffee. A selection of Afternoon Tea treats with the savoury element picking up naturally on their fish and shellfish menu for which they are famed, the menu is likely to change based on what is caught that day – what remains consistent is the quality. Not really a tea, but too wonderful not to mention is the Taste fo the Pier, sweet sharer for two, Pier inspired, The Salt Room engineered, to give you a top quality take on the 99, candy floss and edible pebbles.

Take your tea high above the hoi polloi with a trip to Bohemia’s Veuve Clicquot roof terrace. The all-day eatery serves a classic three-tier afternoon tea with gluten-free and vegetarian options available. For a little extra you can make your Afternoon Tea sparkle with a spot of bubbly; when in Bohemia live bohemian, and when on a Champagne roof terrace…

Perfect for sunny days on the patio overlooking the landscaped gardens, or in the conservatory or lounge on less clement days Ghyll Manor offers afternoon tea from noon until 5pm daily. The tea is the traditional three tiers of fruit scones, sandwiches, cakes and pastries with tea by Brighton’s own Hoogly Tea Co., or for a little extra you can celebrate with a glass of Champagne too. 

10 minutes outside Brighton, tucked away in the Sussex countryside you’ll discover The Glass House restaurant located at Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa in Albourne. Set in beautiful West Sussex woodland, enjoy a delightful Afternoon with Tea, Scones, Finger Sandwiches, Homemade Cakes & Petits Fours. Dress-code is smart.

One of the original boutique venues in Brighton. Afternoon tea is served daily 3-5pm and if you haven’t been to Hotel Du Vin before then you must go. Afternoon tea options include their cream tea, their traditional afternoon tea and a champagne afternoon tea and putting the g into tea, a gin tea.

Situated in the Brighton Marina, The Cherry Tree is a little treasure chest of brunchy options and of course – cake. All of their cakes are made on site and include some gluten free and vegan options. All ingredients are locally sourced and they try to support other Brighton businesses, buying all bread and morning pastries from The Flour Pot Bakery and serving coffee supplied by Small Batch.

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