CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Sussex Life today CLICK HERE

17 of the best places for afternoon tea across Sussex

PUBLISHED: 09:51 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 28 August 2018

Nick Hopper/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Nick Hopper/Getty Images/iStockphoto

This content is subject to copyright.

Treat yourself, family and friends to lunch and afternoon tea with a visit to one of these fantastic Sussex tea rooms

Steyning Tea Rooms

Situated in a 500-year-old building in Steyning, this is a lovely place for fresh homemade scones and cakes with a cuppa. Why not take a visit to the heart of the South Downs National Park for a relaxing lunch in a village with historic buildings and beautiful scenery.

32 High Street, Steyning BN44 3YE

Badgers @ The Old Village Bakery, Alfriston

A tea room that serves a cup of tea poured from silver teapots into fine bone china cups. It is located in a 500-year-old building in Alfriston that was once the village bakery. Their homemade cakes and scones are made from organic free-range eggs and tables are decorated with fresh flowers.

A post shared by Emma (@emmas_homestyle) on

North Street, Alfriston BN26 5UG

Mrs Burton’s, Battle

Found right next door to Battle Abbey, this tea room is traditionally English with a menu that caters for everyone’s dietary needs.

A post shared by Issy Watts (@issywizzz) on

2 High Street, Battle TN33 0AE

Cobbles Tea Room, Rye

The tea room nestled in the heart of the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye has been trading for over 50 years. They serve the finest teas from around the world with homemade cakes.

A post shared by londonwonder (@london_wonder) on

1 Hylands Yard, Off The Mint, Rye TN31 7EP

Coastguard Tearooms, Fairlight

Located near Hastings Country Park, this tearoom offers a large variety of homemade cakes to compliment your tea or coffee.

Coastguard Lane, Fairlight TN35 4AB

Belinda’s Tea Room, Arundel

This tea room is one of the oldest in Arundel serving morning coffees and cakes for over half a century. All food is made on site using traditional recipes and fresh local produce.

A post shared by Andy Gale (@andy_gale) on

13 Tarrant Street, Arundel BN18 9DG

Lulamae’s, Arundel

Enjoy this tea room’s homemade cakes and fresh sandwiches in the centre of Arundel. Indulge in afternoon tea and enjoy their scones and cakes served on your own cake stand.

A post shared by Matthew Williams (@getmaw) on

13 High Street, Arundel BN18 9AD

Strawberry Fields, New House Farm, Faygate

Located in a renovated 16th century barn, this won Best Tea Room in the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2014. You will find a choice of locally baked cakes and cupcakes, sandwiches and breakfasts accompanied with a range of teas, coffees and soft drinks.

A post shared by Tammy Gray (@tlgraybooks) on

Old Crawley Road, Faygate, Horsham RH12 4RU

Ditchling Tea Rooms

Enjoy a spot of tea and homemade cakes in a beautiful tea room and charming courtyard that overlooks the South Downs. Their cakes, scones, breads and pastries are made on site with locally sourced food.

A post shared by Becca (@beccarose10) on

6 West Street, Ditchling BN6 8TS 

High Beeches Tea Room and Tea Garden, Handcross

This tea room has established a reputation for serving home-cooked food, delicious teas and cakes. Indluge in afternoon tea where you will be served a choice of sandwich, fruit/plain scone with jam and cream, homemade cake, a pot of tea or cup of coffee and fresh fruit.

High Beeches Lane, Haywards Heath RH17 6HQ

Moonlight Cottage Tea Room & Garden, Cocking

Enjoy a traditional tea room and garden in a 200-year-old flint and brick cottage located at the foot of the South Downs. You will have a choice of delicious homemade cakes and strawberry cream teas complimented by their range of loose-leaf teas, freshly ground coffee and locally-sourced soft drinks.

A post shared by Goyagoya (@goyaworld) on

Cocking, Midhurst GU29 0HN

Fletcher’s House, Rye

Located right in front of St Mary’s Church, this tea room offers an extensive menu of home-cooked food that can cater for all dietary needs, including gluten free and vegetarian options. Enjoy a cuppa and cake in the town that was once home to Jacobean playwright John Fletcher.

A post shared by Limone (@albero_di_limone) on

2 Lion Street, Rye TN31 7LB

Tearooms at Chestnuts of Alfriston

A traditional English tea room located in the heart of Sussex where you can enjoy a variety of homemade cakes made from locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy a slice of cake at this tea room where you will also find a choice of specialist teas, coffees, herbal and fruit infusions, soft drinks and fruit juices.

8 High Street, Alfriston BN26 5TB

The Buttery Café Tearooms at the Crypt, Chichester

Situated in a late 12th century building near the famous Clock Tower in Chichester, this tearoom is known for serving delicious breakfasts, lunches, homemade cakes and cream teas.

12A South Street, Chichester PO19 1EJ

Stanmer Park Tea Rooms, Brighton

Located within the outskirts of Brighton in the village of Stanmer, this tea room serves a variety of hot and cold meals, snacks and seasonal specialities complimented with a delicious range of coffees, teas and cold drinks.

A post shared by Holly (@gluten_free_holly) on


Metrodeco, Brighton

A Brighton tea room offering homemade scones, preserves and clotted creams accompanied with a pot of their own blends of tea.

38 Upper St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1JN

Robson’s of Lewes

Located in a town known for its bonfire night celebrations, this tea room is perfect for a meal with a choice of filled rolls, salads, jacket potatoes, or one of the homemade treats.

A post shared by Ellie Davies (@sharp_medic) on

22A High Street, Lewes BN7 2LN


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sussex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sussex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sussex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

For food-loving friends, whether far-flung or local, Sussex produce makes the perfect present

Read more

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Sussex really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more

After a glittering ceremony at The Grand Brighton on 25 October, we announce the winners of the 2018 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards

Read more

The 2018 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards are fast approaching, with the ceremony taking place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on 25 October. We’re delighted to announce our finalists…

Read more

Brighton’s The Chilli Pickle is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Co-founder Alun Sperring talks about his passions

Read more

Cuckfield’s Ockenden Manor offers a spectacular panorama while you eat

Read more

Laura Paton has found a great restaurant off the beaten track in Sidlesham – but keep it under your hat

Read more

Treat yourself, family and friends to lunch and afternoon tea with a visit to one of these fantastic Sussex tea rooms

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Latest Competitions & Offers

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search