Afternoon tea is as quintessentially British as Mary Berry in an anorak driving around the countryside in an open top convertible mini. 

To celebrate the nation's favourite finger food, we’ve rounded up the 'bees knees' of places to take high tea in Brighton. 

Afternoon tea by the seaside once involved trying not to sully the fancy hotel linen in front of the judgmental bellhops. No more. Mini sandwiches, quiches, scones and a glass of fizz? Check. Nifty prohibition touches (gin cocktails served in a brushed chrome teapot)? Check. The chance to slip on some Jazz-age vintage garms as you sup? Check. And they go so much further; consider the ‘Gentleman’s afternoon tea’ with real ale or a choice drop of whiskey. It’s not just about booze; some 25 varieties of their own tea are on offer, served in to-die-for retro crockery.

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Set in acres of unspoilt Sussex Countryside, why not take a gentle stroll through the Grade 2 listed parkland before you enjoy a beautiful, traditional afternoon tea at Grade 1 listed Stanmer House? Enjoy a selection of handmade fresh sandwiches, homemade cakes and the perfect, freshly baked and served warm scones – cream then jam, or the other way around? You choose.

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This pioneering vegetarian restaurant also serve up the creme de la creme of afternoon teas. Sweet treats, savoury nibbles and scones make up their tiered delights with vegan and gluten free options available. Upgrade your mini sandwiches and cakes to include a glass of Prosecco for a real afternoon of indulgence.

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Often described as an Instragammers dream, the three tiers of delights at The Salt Room are just as amazing to look at as they are to eat. The options change seasonally, so you’ll get a surprise each and every time. The sweet and savoury offering are paired with JING Tea and East London Liquor Company cocktails.

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These stunning afternoon tea platters are served with the patissier’s famous macaroons. Expect ham and cheese finger sandwiches, roasted mozzarella and pesto mini buns, delicious cakes and tea or coffee. Or for an extra £2.50 you can BYOB. Mes amis this really is a Parisian dream.

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A contemporary café nestled in the charming Lanes, offering a heavenly selection of Has Bean coffees, speciality teas and a whole host of nutritiously, delicious dishes. and daily changing salads. While away an afternoon in this stylish backdrop whilst digging into moreish delights such a freshly-baked cake or pastry and a house made soda or smoothie. Go get lost (in the best way!).

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Brighton’s wackiest chocolaterie do one of the most spectacular Afternoon Teas you’ll ever feast your eyes on. The totally Instagrammable cake garden is complete with fake grass and garden shed. You start off with Strawberry Champagne Ice Cream Shakes, a Dipping Platter of Sweet Treats and Pots of Molten Chocolate, then a Cake Platter and Tea, Coffee, Hot Choccie or French Lemonade.

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Inside Brighton’s most iconic landmark lies a lovely little tearoom. The Royal Pavilion Tearoom, is an eccentric yet sophisticated cafe, with a sunny balcony overlooking the glorious Royal Pavilion gardens. Take a break from your tour and enjoy elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea or a little something from the all-day menu. The afternoon tea menu offers a wide selection of teas, from their own Sussex blend to soothing herbal infusions. This is paired with a choice of traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones.

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One of Brighton’s most iconic restaurants, Food for Friends, already have a rave reputation for their innovative vegetarian dishes, but did you know they also serve a cracking cream tea. You can tuck into one of their sweet treats every day of the week, and each cake on the menu is lovingly homemade and comes with a choice of 12 whole leaf teas served in a beautiful cast iron pot.

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Talk of Tea is a charming little teahouse in the heart of Brighton. It boasts the largest selection of loose leaf teas with some tea-riffic options such as Earl Grey Blue Flower, Sencha, Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Organic Lavender. The cosy space is filled with quaint trinkets, colourful wallpaper and there’s even an adorable little yard with hanging seats. It’s the perfect spot to while away an afternoon with a good book and a slice of gigantic cake. Or if you’re feeling decadent why not splurge on a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and cake. Plus there’s gluten-free options and you can call in advance for vegan specials. We like this place a latte.

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The oldest tea shop in Brighton uses traditional recipes to create its colourful array of freshly made cakes and sandwiches. Kitted out in Victorian decor you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a time gone by. Wooden tables, blue willow china, loose leaf teas and cream teas to die for. This vintage tea house is a Sussex institution and one you need to savour.

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Hidden away in the Lanes is a quaint, vintage style tea shop complete with ‘Lyon’ style black and white uniforms. It’s the perfect place to stop off and refuel on some mouthwatering homemade cakes and a pot of loose leaf Earl Grey. A Devonshire cream tea will set you back £5.95 and is best served with the Betsy Teapot - the cutest cow teapot you’ve ever seen.

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In one of Brighton’s classiest establishments you’ll find a decadent afternoon tea just waiting to be discovered. Get yourself excited about three tiers of finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones, cornish clotted cream, strawberry jam, tempting cakes and of course a pot of the finest quality english tea. Go on, treat yourself!

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Brighton has been firing ahead on its mission for greener, more sustainable living for quite some time now, so it was really only a matter of time before it married it with its greatest passion - food. Enter Silo Brighton: the first zero-waste restaurant/café in the UK. This place hosts its own bakery so it’s the ideal spot for a slice of seasonal, ethically made cake.

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Published -20th August 2018