Best Of Brighton Food Series: Afternoon Tea

Credit: Andrea Legett

Finger sandwiches, scones, fluffy little cakes and copious amounts of yummy drinks…Who doesn’t love afternoon tea? The perfect daytime activity during summer, afternoon tea is a great way to try a little of everything. But where in Brighton can you find the best scones? Who makes the best cuppa? Luckily we’re here to tell you exactly where you can find the best spreads for an afternoon of eating, drinking and enjoying.

Image via metro-deco.com

Image via metro-deco.com

1. Metrodeco @ Upper St James Street

If you’ve been searching for an elegant afternoon tea spread, look no further than Kemptown’s Metrodeco. The 1930s themed tea salon serves up an array of treats, from fluffy cakes to macarons. Served on three tier cake stands with a pot of their very own blended tea, this place is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. If tea isn’t for you then don’t worry, they’ve plenty of bubbles on hand. Or if you fancy trying something new, why not experiment with one of their speciality tea cocktails instead? Don’t fear if you’re gluten intolerant or vegan because they do both gluten free and dairy free options respectively, meaning everyone can indulge in an afternoon tea of a bygone era.

Google review rating: 4.6

Image via talkoftea.co.uk

Image via talkoftea.co.uk

2. Talk Of Tea @ Spring Street

This quaint tea house is somewhat of a hidden gem. Located on Spring Street, Talk Of Tea is known for its yummy cakes, light bites and of course, tea. Serving up a huge variety of sandwiches, cakes and scones, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. This tea house is definitely on the more affordable end of the spectrum with afternoon tea for two people costing just £21.95. Their generous afternoon tea menu includes: A selection of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve and a slice of cake, all served with a pot of English tea.

Google review rating: 4.8

Image via afternoonteaonline.co.uk

Image via afternoonteaonline.co.uk

3. Terre A Terre @ East Street

Much loved vegetarian eatery, Terre A Terre is another great place to grab a spot of tea. It may be a little more pricey than other places but it sure is worth it with a delicious menu to fulfill your afternoon tea dreams. You can sit back and indulge as a savoury plate is served first, before you receive three tiers worth of treats. If you’re a traditionalist this menu may not be for you, but if you’re willing to experiment a little then this eatery will certainly be up your alley. With a unique twist on classic afternoon tea, Terre A Terre serve all sorts, from tapioca seaweed to pickled watermelon and cucumber.

Google review rating: 4.5

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Image via TripAdvisor

4. Cakes The Difference @ Mackie Avenue

Another hidden gem on our list, Cakes The Difference is known for its generous servings of afternoon tea and wide variety of cakes. Costing £19.95 per person, you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck here. Each person receives two rounds of sandwiches including: classic cucumber, refreshing smoked salmon, egg mayo and ham. You’ll then be treated to a “massive array” of delicious homemade cakes and pastries, followed by scones and accompanied by unlimited tea or coffee.

Google review rating: 5

Credit: Alina Kapylova

Credit: Alina Kapylova

5. That Little Tea Shop In The Lanes @ Meeting House Lane

Located in the heart of Brighton’s famous Laines, this quaint tea shop is a step back in time with period music and pinnies to match. They may not serve a big fancy spread like some of the other eateries on this list but That Little Tea Shop In The Lanes makes up for it with friendly staff and a good atmosphere. Pick and mix between what you fancy, whether it be scones, cake or a few light bites. Just sit back and relax with plenty of cups of tea to keep you happy.

Google review rating: 3.8

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