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 ten 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.

The Spread Eagle, Midhurst

One of England’s oldest coaching inns, the 15th century Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa welcomes you with a fine blend of traditional charm and contemporary comfort. Served between 3pm and 5pm daily, enjoy a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, chocolate ganache cake, baked vanilla cheesecake with passion fruit curd, Red berry trifle, homemade fruit scone with clotted cream and jam, a hot drink of your choice. For a little extra indulgence, add a glass of Sussex sparkling wine!

Selection of snacks from an afternoon tea at The Spread Eagle

Tottington Manor, Henfield

If it’s views you’re after, then the breathtaking Tottington Manor on the edge of The South Downs National Park is the place! Relax in the beautiful restaurant, spacious dog-friendly gardens or cosy lounge area. Their afternoon tea is served from 4pm daily and boasts a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam & cream, homemade biscuits and unlimited Tea and coffee.


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.


South Lodge Hotel, Horsham

The South Lodge Hotel is a Victorian country house set deep in the South Downs, offering a decadent yet traditional 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.


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Bolney Wine Estate, Haywards Heath

Bolney Wine Estate provides afternoon tea in a vineyard setting. Book a delicious Sparkling Afternoon Tea at Bolney and enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and cakes all whilst overlooking their stunning Eighteen Acre Vineyard. The perfect way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, or whatever your occasion may be.

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.

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

Goodwood House, Chichester

Looking for a side of history with your tea? Goodwood House combines the glamour of a great English country house with the warmth of a family home. Book onto a guided tour of Goodwood House where visitors can enjoy a splendid afternoon tea in the Ballroom, made using estate-reared, organic produce from Goodwood Home Farm.

Afternoon tea at Goodwood House

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