OUR CUP OF TEA - TOP 5 PLACES TO TAKE TEA

There is nothing that marks the arrival of summer more than tea on the lawn, the opening of tea hatches and country tea rooms. We have so many great places to eat and drink in the Lewes District, but here are five great places to indulge your love of tea, cake and the quintisentially English experience of the afternoon tea.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

THE BEANSTALK CAFE

Situated close to the village of Firle, The Beanstalk Cafe is one of the District’s best kept secrets. With an Indian tea tent, roaming peacocks and Incredible cakes, this tea room is like no other. This unique venue offers the privacy and tranquillity of the English Countryside and garden, serving traditional cream teas, home-made cakes and locally sourced food.

CONTACT: 01273 858906

HANDY IF YOU’RE VISITING: Firle Place, Firle Vintage Fair

 

 

 

EASY TO GET TO

THE SOUTHOVER GRANGE GARDENS TEA HATCH

Tea in china cups, sandwiches made to order and ice cream, all from a hatch in the garden wall. Situated next to the Magnolia tree in the Southover Grange gardens, the hatch opens for the season over the Easter break. Simply place your order and enjoy their hand made cakes and tea in this beautifully manicured garden.

Southover Grange, Southover High Street, Lewes BN7 1TP

HANDY IF YOUR’E VISITING: Lewes Castle, The Priory

TEA WITH A SEA VIEW

FRANKIE'S BEACH CAFE

Visit Seaford and enjoy a hot brew looking out across the shingles. Frankie’s Cafe if a friendly, independent kiosk serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams. Patrons can enjoy the free use of deckchairs and a beachfront sandpit complete with buckets and spades. It may be small but Frankie’s Beach cafe has a big heart and a very English seaside charm.
Esplanade, Seaford, East Sussex
HANDY IF YOU’RE VISITING: Seaford Museum

CLOSE TO GLYNDEBOURNE

THE LITTLE COTTAGE TEA ROOM & GARDEN

Situated in the beautiful South Downs village of Glynde, this tearoom is the perfect spot to relax if you have been walking on the South Downs. This licensed tea room offers light lunches, delicious cakes and afternoon teas which can be served in the garden. Popular with ramblers, holidaymakers and opera lovers.

Ranscombe Lane
Glynde
01273 858215
HANDY IF YOU’RE VISITING: Glyndebourne Opera house, Love Supreme Festival

TEA WITH THE BLOOMSBURY SET

CAFE CHARLESTON

Take tea at the former home of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell at Charleston Farm House. Housed in Charleston’s historic out-buildings, comprising of the Outer Studio, Apple Shed, Garage and Folly Garden, the cafe serves locally sourced and seasonal produce. The cafe opens one hour before the house so it’s perfect for a pre – tour lunch.

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

01323 811626

HANDY IF YOU ARE VISITING: The Charleston Festival, Taking a Tour of the House