At the Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Company, we have put our heads together to bring youthe definitive guide to some of our region’s finest tea rooms serving quality Afternoon Teas. So whether you’re visiting small market towns or breaking out across the countryside, be sure to pop into one of these tea rooms when you start to feel peckish. Did we mention that they also serve the finest quality teas and coffees from our base in Pluckley?! Here they are in alphabetical order:
1. The Cake Shed, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Located on The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this café is tea and cake heaven! Hand-made cakes, soup and gourmet sandwiches are made throughout the day in their open kitchen.
Owner and head baker Francesca Gilpin has created a fresh, easy-going venue in which her mouth-watering creations are also available as beautifully packaged whole cakes to take away and enjoy at home.
Call the Cake Shed on 01892 457357 or visit their website for more information.
2. Cobbles Tea Room, Rye, East Sussex
Nestled in the heart of the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, the Cobbles Tea Room has been known for over 50 years as the town’s premier traditional Tea Room.
Afternoon teas, cream teas (with their delicious homemade scones) and their famous carrot cake are included in their tasty menu. As well as their traditional English fayre, they also offer real loose leaf teas, daily specials, light lunches and homemade cakes. Refresh those memories of your visit to the Cobbles, or re-create that Cobbles Tea Room experience at home by stocking up on their wonderful range of teas and coffees.
Call the Cobbles Tea Room on 07815 734665 or visit their website for more information.
3. Eastwell Manor Hotel, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent
The Eastwell Manor experience is one of quality. This Boughton Lees Hotel boasts of stunning and peaceful surroundings.
A lavish Afternoon Tea awaits the famished guest. Eastwell Afternoon Tea vouchers are available so get some and treat yourself!
Call Eastwell Manor on 01233 635530 or visit their website for more information.
4. The Grand Hotel, Brighton, East Sussex
This iconic piece of British history is not just a hotel but an institution, perched contentedly at the centre of one of the most famous seafronts in the world.
Afternoon Sussex Cream Teas at The Grand are served within the sumptuous surroundings of the recently refurbished Victoria Lounge. An afternoon tea at The Grand begins with a selection of hand cut sandwiches, a pot of The Grand’s own blended tea or a choice of world renowned blends and infusions.
Indulge in homemade scones next with strawberry preserves and West Country clotted cream then enjoy the pièce de résistance, a selection of homemade cakes and beautifully crafted pieces made by their patisserie chef.
Call the Grand Hotel on 0871 222 4684 (calls cost 10p per minute) or visit their website for more information.
5. Lavender House Café, Bromley, Kent
The Lavender House Café, Bromley’s beautiful, award winning boutique café and catering service, is located in the heart of Sundridge Park Village.
Pop in for a take away, quick snack, relaxed lunch, or a tasty afternoon tea treat lovingly prepared by Niki and her team. There is something for everyone in this recently refurbished and welcoming, family friendly environment.
Call the Lavender House Café on 020 8313 9740 or visit their website for more information.
6. Lavender Tea House, Folkestone, Kent
The Lavender Tea House is a traditional English tearoom with a contemporary twist at the heart of Folkestone’s old town.
It offers a changing selection of homemade cakes, scones and muffins complimented by a range of the highest quality loose leaf teas and the best freshly ground coffee. This tea house was born from a desire to share the simple pleasure of time spent with friends, enjoying the very English ritual of taking tea with cake and conversation. Pop in for some delicious homemade cake and tea served in beautiful English china.
Call the Lavender Tea House on 01303 254215 or visit their website for more information.
7. Miss Mollett’s Tea Room, Appledore, Kent
Located in Appledore, this quintessentially English Tea Room not only serves a mean Afternoon Tea but gives the customer a wonderful traditional tea experience amidst beautiful rural surroundings.
Miss Mollett’s Tea Room has a long history stretching back to the early 20th century.
Call Miss Mollett’s Tea Room on 01233 758555 or visit their website for more information.
8. Thyme for Food and Friends, Uckfield, East Sussex
Set in an 18th century barn just off the hustle and bustle of Uckfield High Street, this place is all about value, a warm welcome, family – and of course friends.
There is a choice of over fifteen different loose leaf teas. They are served with three different types of scone, with locally made jam and cream, and a choice of sumptuous home made cakes. You can top off what is without doubt an amazing afternoon tea experience with a glass of fizz, produced by one of our local wineries.
Call Thyme for Food and Friends on 01825 749555 or visit their website for more information.
9. Tiny Tim’s Tea Room, Canterbury, Kent
Located in the heart of one of our favourite cities, Tiny Tim’s Tearoom is a small family owned business run by husband and wife team Jo and Phil.
A relaxed atmosphere and high quality produce awaits you. All the food is prepared from scratch on site. The finest selection of loose leaf teas from all over the world is served, as is award winning Rainforest Alliance coffee served in a cafetiere.
Their online shop offers you the chance to purchase some tearoom merchandise, some of their most popular teas and gift vouchers which make great presents for any occasion.
Call Tiny Tim’s on 01227 450793 or visit their website for more information.
10. Whitstable Produce Store, Whitstable, Kent
With a wide range of products from over twenty Kent makers and producers, the Whitstable Produce Store is a fine example of what it means to “support local!” Pop in for anything from pure-fruit smoothies to their famous “Kentinental Breakfast” to fabulous cakes.
Call the Whitstable Produce Store on 01227 277643 or visit their website for more information.