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The best afternoon tea in West Sussex

West Sussex is known for its beautiful scenery, rural excursions and historical heritage, but it is also home to some of the most unique spots to relax and enjoy a cream tea after a day of exploring.

Whether you like traditional afternoon tea with a vintage twist or a picturesque view whilst tucking into a slice of cake, we’ve got you covered.

Here are six of our top hotspots for afternoon tea and all things sweet in West Sussex.

Amberley Castle, near Arundel

If you fancy a traditional cream tea with a historic twist, Amberley Castle is the place to go for all things vintage. Hidden away in the famous South Downs National Park, you can enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds that surround you and admire the Medieval architecture, all whilst indulging in some tea and cake in one of the many dining rooms.

Amberley Castle Hotel, main gate and gardens

The Steyning Tea Rooms, Steyning

The award-winning Steyning Tea Rooms is located in the small town of Steyning on the edge of the South Downs. As a family-friendly café known for its popular rhubarb cream tea and home-baked goods, it’s a place not to be missed after a long day out!


Steyning busy high street at a road crossing

The Buttery, Chichester

If you’re venturing around Chichester for the day, why not try The Buttery? Located next to the popular 12th century Chichester Cathedral, you’ll be in the heart of this historic town where you can not only tuck into a variety of homemade cakes and unique tea blends but also grab some lunch from its popular hot food menu.

Chichester High Street

South Lodge Hotel, Horsham

The South Lodge Hotel is a Victorian country house set deep in the South Downs, offering an old-fashioned cream tea experience that allows you to truly step back in time.  In the house in which Winston Churchill was a frequent guest, you can enjoy your tea in the vintage drawing-room before taking a tour of the Elizabeth Le Bay room he once stayed in.

South Lodge Hotel Horsham

Bolney Wine Estate, Haywards Heath

Bolney Wine Estate provides afternoon tea in a vineyard setting. Take a tour of the vineyard, along with a wine tasting session, before sitting down for cream tea on the grounds. So, if you fancy a little tipple with your afternoon tea, we’ve got you covered.

Bolney Wine Estate terrace

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

As the winner of Sussex Eating Experience of the Year 2018, The Artisan Bakehouse had to be on the list. Popular for home-baked goods that come fresh from the traditional, hand-crafted wood oven, it offers a fantastic cream tea on selected days throughout the week. You can also take on a workshop and bake your own treats, learning techniques from trained artisan bakers as they show you how their award-winning bread is made.

Tea pot, cup and saucer and original Alice in Wonderland book ready for the Artisan Bakehouse Alice in Wonderland tea party

Afternoon tea and Leonardslee House

A celebrated English tradition, afternoon tea at Leonardslee House is brought to you by celebrated Michelin star chef, Jean Delport. Set in the drawing-room of a beautiful two-storey Italianate styled house, which dates back to 1801, visitors can expect to be served a selection of the finest foods, all while taking in spectacular views for the ultimate tea time experience.


Leonardslee tea room

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, Climping

Boasting dramatic Medieval character, Bailffscourt’s elegant Tapestry Restaurant and intimate lounges are perfect for a traditional afternoon tea. On sunny days, enjoy the beautiful rose-clad courtyard and rose garden or even treat yourself to one of their Spa’fternoon tea packages.


Bailiffscourt Afternoon Tea


For more café and tea room inspiration, why not explore our food and drink pages? Tweet @ExpWestSussex with your favourite spots for afternoon tea or tag @ExperienceWestSussex on Instagram!