Officially the sunniest county in the United Kingdom, West Sussex boasts a range of scenery and a large protected country side area, which make it an ideal place for a short break. West Sussex played a key role in England’s major invasions, which included historic battles like the Battle of Hastings.
There are several historic monuments one can visit in West Sussex, including the Noveum Museum, located in Chichester, which is a purpose built museum which hosts exhibits related to the social history, archaeology and geology of the area. Another monument worth visiting when in Sussex, is News Castle (not to be confused with Newcastle), which was built by William de Warenne around 1096, as well as the world famous Arundel Cathedral, built in a French gothic style which complements the nearby magnificent Arundel Castle.
When you have had enough with the history and the fantastic architectural exhibits West Sussex has to offer, it might be time for a little treat. West Sussex has a lot to offer in the afternoon tea department, with quaint little tea shops decorating its historic streets. So, without further ado.
Afternoon Tea at Cockburn’s Tea Room & Confectioners
Traditional cream tea, with all the elegance of times past can be enjoyed in Cockburn’s Tea Rooms in the Midhurst and Arundel areas between 14:00 and 16:00, seven days a week. Cockburn’s take their afternoon tea seriously, with fine bone china, luxurious antique furniture, silver teapots and an overall opulent atmosphere, making afternoon tea an unforgettable experience.
Cockburn’s offer locally sourced produce, homemade fancies and sandwiches and a choice of loose leaf teas for every taste. Cockburn’s selection of Sussex Ham and mustard and Scottish salmon and cream cheese sandwiches will leave you drooling, and an assortment with signature cakes and sweats will definitely lead you the their fantastic shop before you wish to exit the door.
Afternoon tea in West Sussex won’t break the bank, as Cockburn’s offer their lavish afternoon the incredible price of £14.95 per person.
Afternoon Tea at Gardenia Tea House
If vintage charm is what you are looking for, then look no further than the Gardenia Tea House. This veggie and vegan certified gem boasts three vintage-themed areas and a magnificent secluded courtyard, fit for a fairytale, a very tasty fairytale indeed! Their specialty is hosting incredible tea parties, such as their Vintage Afternoon Tea and the aptly named Mad Hatter Tea Party. Gardenia is also child-friendly with special parties organised for the little ones upon request.
One thing to remember is that with the popularity Gardenia’s tea parties have gained, it is not always advisable to drop in for your afternoon tea, so it is always best to check with the proprietors and book your place prior to visiting. What’s more, you can hire Gardenia’s crockery and host your own mad tea party! How cool is that?
Gardenia also caters for gluten free dietary requirements, but not the expense of taste. Gardenia’s cakes, fancies, scones and other delightful creations have nothing to be jealous of from their non-vegan counterparts. Our choice would definitely include their lemon, poppy seed & stem ginger scones, which are just as delicious as they sound.
Gardenia is also friendly to people with reduced mobility offering fold away ramps and key-operated washroom facilities nearby, making high tea in Sussex accessible to all.
Afternoon Tea at Little London Tea Shop
Little London Tea Shop is a delightful little cafe on Pagham Road, Bognor Regis, which showcases a vintage feel and brilliant home-cooked delicacies. Their motto “It’s Always Teatime” is a testament to the dedication this little tea shop shows to its high tea ritual.
With gluten free, and vegetarian-friendly adaptation to their recipes, afternoon tea in West Sussex has never been more accommodating. Their mouth-watering sandwiches are filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, but one thing is for sure, the homemade cakes and sweets are just irresistible!
Towering carrot cakes, chocolate cheesecakes, freshly-made eclairs and coffee cakes are just some of the treats you can sample at the Little London Tea Shop.
The only thing one needs to be mindful of is that there are other people on the table waiting to get their hands on the fresh creations, even though you will feel compelled to ignore them!