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 our seven of our top hotspots for afternoon tea and all things sweet in West Sussex.
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 beautiful 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 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 long day out!
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.
This unique tea house dates back to the 19th century and bestows you with options when it comes to picking a cream tea. As a place that prides itself on its wide selection of vegetarian and vegan bakes with a ‘veg-centric’ spin, everyone will find something they like. Also known for Mad Hatter themed tea parties in the Wonderland lounge, if you’re looking for tea with a twist, that the whole family can enjoy, Gardenia Tea House is a must-visit.
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. As a 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.
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 in the grounds. So, if you fancy a little tipple with your afternoon tea, we’ve got you covered.
A 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.