IT'S national afternoon tea week next week - and what better way to celebrate than to sample the very best afternoon teas in Brighton?

As a nation famous for our tea drinking it is only appropriate that we have a yearly celebration, after all tea drinking is arguably our country’s biggest ritual. 

Introduced in Britain in the early 1840s afternoon tea started off as a mini-meal used to curb people’s hunger before their evening meal at 8pm. 

The delightful affair usually comprises delicate finger sized sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. 

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed almost anywhere including at home or in the park. However, the most splendid way to enjoy this British tradition is whilst being waited on in a hotel or tea room.

Whether you are looking for a boozy tea, or one that you can take away to enjoy at home, there is something to suit everyone’s preferences on this list.


The Argus:

Metrodeco is a vintage 1930's Parisian inspired tea room that offers afternoon tea to eat-in or takeaway. 

Bar Manager at Metrodeco, Charlie Sayce said: "We use local products on our afternoon tea and our scones are a family recipe.

"Our mix of traditional and modern, sweet and savoury treats ensures our afternoon teas are unlike any other you'd find in Brighton."

The Metrodeco traditional afternoon tea costs £23.50 and includes: a selection of sanwiches, homemade brownie bites, fruit tart, sponge, macaroon, marshmallow and fresh scone with clotted cream and jam all served with unlimited tea. 

There are a range of afternoon teas including traditional, prosecco, gin and cocktail options.

The Grand Hotel

The Argus:

If you really want to spoil yourself and come on, you deserveve it, then pop down to The Grand and sample their famous afternoon tea. 

The high tea is served in the decadent Victoria Terrace and Lounge as well as being available for delivery.

Afternoon tea includes: freshly made sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes, as well as some 'surprising treats' bespoke to The Grand's famous tea. Served with a selection of over 30 teas to try.

The award-winning afternoon tea is included in the Eat Out to Help Out offer which allows customers to get 50% off (up to £10) Monday to Wednesday throughout August. 

Afternoon tea at The Grand costs £24.96 from Monday to Thursday and £29.95 Friday to Sunday. 

Browns Brasserie

The Argus:

The self-proclaimed quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea at Browns is a spoiling affair. 

Browns afternoon tea is served everyday between 3pm and 5pm and starts at £19 per person. 

Classic high tea includes: a selection of sandwiches, rolls and an oat cake, home-baked scones with clotted cream and jams, mini cakes and puddings all served with tea. 

That Little Tea Shop In The Lanes

The Argus:

This traditional tiny tea room offers a range of freshly baked good including a traditional afternoon tea. 

Manager, Ince C said: "People love it here because we offer that traditional British experience and we are in the heart of the city."

Afternoon tea at That Little Tea Shop In The Lanes costs £18 for two people and includes: sandwiches, scones and your choice of tea or coffee. 

Did we miss your favourite place off the list? Let us know about it in the comments.