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Picturesque places to experience Afternoon Tea in Sussex

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Fresh sandwiches, fluffy light scones decorated in fruity preserve and clotted cream, it can only be the truly decadent tradition of English Afternoon Tea that we are talking about.

The custom was first established by Anna, Seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840, to be enjoyed as a light snack to tide her over until dinnertime. Fast forward to 2021 and Afternoon Tea is still as popular as ever, although nowadays it tends to go with a glass of bubbles rather than a cup of English Breakfast.

In honour of National Afternoon Tea Week, we thought we would share some of our favourite picturesque places that serve a delicious afternoon tea in Sussex, to truly enhance the experience.

Bolney Wine Estate

No trip to Sussex is complete without a trip to Bolney. You can enjoy a Cream Tea overlooking the vines accompanied by a glass of bubbles, or extend your visit and join us for a wine tasting tour with cream tea. Why not shop our array of tea-time treats to create your own Sparkling Afternoon Tea at home, or enjoy one of our Cream Tea’s to go and take your pick from many of Sussex’s beautiful picnic spots nestled amongst nature?

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The Grand Hotel, Brighton

One of the many beautiful things about Sussex is our bustling coastline. Take in the view and enjoy luxury Afternoon Tea by the sea in the Victoria Terrace at the Grand Hotel. If you’re lucky to visit on a sunny day, the terrace will be flooded with sunlight, illuminating the gorgeous décor and making the whole visit even more exceptional. You can choose from a variety of Afternoon Tea experiences, from Victoria Terrace Tea, Moet Moments or Brighton G&Tea. A perfect spot for tea, especially if you love being in the city to do a spot of shopping or hit a cocktail bar afterwards.

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Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield

If you’d prefer to escape to the countryside for Traditional Afternoon Tea, Ockenden Manor is the venue for you. Just a stone’s throw away from Bolney Wine Estate, Ockenden Manor is a welcoming Elizabethan manor house with luxury suites and a fine-dining restaurant. The history of Ockenden Manor dates to the mid-1500s, it was opened as a guest house after the Second World War and is now one of the most celebrated hotels in Sussex, set within nine acres of beautiful countryside. Enjoy your Afternoon Tea by adding a glass of English sparkling wine, it really is a must!

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Leonardslee House, Horsham

The spectacular Leonardslee Gardens is a must-visit if you have a passion for nature. The ancient gardens are home to peaceful lakes, stunning floral displays, impressive sculptures and an extraordinary range of thriving wildlife including Sika and Fallow deer, wallabies, rabbits, badgers and foxes. End your visit by savouring a delicious Afternoon Tea for two, set within the Italianate styled drawing room of Leonardslee House. Ingredients are foraged directly from the gardens or sourced in Sussex and served by Michelin star Chef Jean Delport.

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Metrodeco, Brighton

Nestled in the Kemp Town district of Brighton, Metro Deco is a vintage inspired tearoom which is the perfect place for a post shopping treat. They offer a range of classic, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free Afternoon Tea served with their own bespoke blend, or why not add a cocktail, G&T or sparkling wine to make your tea extra special?

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