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The best afternoon teas in Sussex

With Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter all coming up there’s no shortage of excuses to treat the ones you love (and that should include yourself!) to afternoon tea. Here's five of our favourite Sussex village tearooms.

Whether it’s the first tentative rays of springtime sunshine or the green shoots of daffodils pushing their way out of the ground, something about this time of year makes us think of afternoon tea. We’re craving dainty finger sandwiches, scones with lashings of jam and cream and doorstop-sized slabs of homemade cake, served with tea sipped from fine china on tables decorated with hand-picked seasonal blooms.

And there’s no better setting for afternoon tea than a picturesque Sussex village. OK at this time of year we’re more likely to want to snuggle up inside than scoff al fresco, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a decent view. Here’s five of the best tearooms, each set in a gorgeous location serving food that tastes as good as it looks.

Joanna’s Boutique Tearooms, Storrington

Located just off Storrington’s pretty High Street, Joanna’s has its own courtyard garden and serves breakfast, brunch, light lunches and afternoon tea. Popular additions to the traditional sandwiches and homemade seasonal patisserie include sausage rolls, cheese straws and Welsh rarebit. Wash it all down with a cup of tea or enjoy a delicious glass of champagne or jug of Pimm’s in the summer.

Badgers @ The Old Village Bakery, Alfriston

Rated ‘the perfect place for afternoon tea’ by The Independent, this gorgeous tearoom is housed in a 500-year-old building that was once the village bakery. Everything is freshly hand made with organic free-range eggs and premium ingredients, and tea is poured from silver teapots – guaranteed not to drip or chip – into fine bone china. If the weather’s good, enjoy your selection of sandwiches, scones with Devon clotted cream and jam, and homemade cake al fresco in the walled garden.

Bracklesham Bay Tea Rooms & Garden

Just minutes from Bracklesham beach and known by locals as ‘the gateway to Bracklesham Bay,’ these chocolate-box tearooms are based in a beautiful thatched cottage with a picturesque country garden. Fresh, locally sourced and lovingly hand prepared food includes breakfasts, sandwiches and toasties alongside savoury and sweet cream teas and full afternoon teas. Wash it all down with tea, coffee or a cheeky tipple.

High Beeches Tea Room and Tea Garden, Handcross

Close to National Trust property Nymans, these family-run tea rooms have built a solid reputation locally for home cooked food and delicious afternoon teas. A selection of light lunches and hearty main meals feature alongside a traditional clotted cream tea. Gluten free cakes and bread are also available.

Coastguards Tea Room, Fairlight

Take high tea at Coastguards just a short walk from Hastings Country Park and enjoy stunning coastal views – on a clear day, you can see all the way to France! New specials are offered on a weekly basis and gluten and dairy-free options are always available. Dogs are welcome at Coastguards year-round and the tearoom boasts its own resident dogs, Albie the Shi Tzu cross and Millie the Cavachon.

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