Brighton has been a favourite seaside resort in the UK for over a century, with day trippers using the railway to spend a day by the sea. Going for an afternoon tea is one of the more simple activities which can be enjoyed in Brighton, and one of the most traditional too.
According to Wikipedia Afternoon tea is “a small meal snack typically eaten between 2pm and 5pm” and it originated in England in the 1840s. Loose tea was brewed in a pot and served with milk and sugar, providing the working poor who struggled to digest enough calories for physically demanding work. The tea would normally be accompanied by a savoury snack such as a sandwich or baked good.
Today afternoon tea is usually seen as a treat, and is spent in a hotel or tea shop. This blog post is about some of the best places to go for afternoon tea, elevenses or high tea in Brighton.
A 1930s Parisian-style tea rooms situated in the middle of Kemp Town, Metrodeco has a great reputation for both great hot drinks and a range of tasty fresh sandwiches, cakes and other baked goods. Everything comes served on vintage crockery, and they offer blends of black, green and rooibos teas and infusions. Champagne and wine can even be provided if it is a special occasion.
Spread out over two floors, Metrodeco can cater for parties of up to around 20 and also offer a delivery service. Art deco furniture is both attractive and up for sale! There are eighteen varieties of blended tea, which can even be bought in bulk to take home.
The Tea Cosy
A quirky and eccentric tea rooms located at the bottom of Kemp Town, the Tea Cosy is well-known for its penchant for the Royal Family and associated memorabilia. The window of the tea rooms is adorned with pictures of the Royals, alongside celebrated stars of Britain’s soap operas. Voted in the Top 30 UK tea rooms by the Times Newspaper last year, they offer all the cream teas, cakes, scones, high teas and sandwiches which you would expect.
As well as offering a fine tea drinking experience, they also offer takeaway services and outside catering. They cater well for vegetarians and those with allergies or intolerances. You can find the Tea Cosy on George Street.
The Mock Turtle
Located between the seafront and the Old Steine, The Mock Turtle is a properly old school tea rooms, complete with table cloths, tea strainers and vintage crockery. It’s an old fashion tea rooms with great attention to detail, where you can eat lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea. They only serve leaf teas in china pots, and also offer all the delicious baked goods you would expect.
China plates, flowers and vintage fittings adorn the interior creating a nice homely feel. Prices are very reasonable and it offers a timeless quality, embodying a true tea room. The Mock Turtle is quaint, cute and retro without being contrived or kitsch.