Sick of Christmas shopping? Fed up of the festive to-do list? Do you just want to sit down and eat sandwiches, cake and drink tea? Me too. As we hurtle towards December, here’s a round-up of five top Sussex spots to take your family for a jolly nice festive afternoon tea to do just that.
Alexander House is a beautiful 5* star hotel in Turner’s Hill, near Crawley. Afternoon tea here is such a treat. Everyone’s warmly welcomed and children are given their own cake stand of simple sandwiches and sweet treats.
The festive afternoon tea for grown-ups is nothing short of drool inducing. It’s a scrummy selection of cumberland sausage, apricot and poppy seeds pithiviers, truffle egg mayo on brioche and turkey sandwiches; scones and jam; chestnut profiteroles, cranberry macaroons, chocolate mince pies and clementine bavarois.
£35 for adults, £45 with a glass of champagne and £17.50 for children
For the duration of December with a special Boxing Day tea in the Shelley Suite with live music – £46 for adults & £23 for children.
The Nutmeg Tree is featured in Sussex Born & Fed Gold, so it’s a firm fave here. If you haven’t been, The Nutmeg Tree is a cosy vintage tearoom in the heart of Ditchling. The staff are super friendly, children are warmly welcomed and there are lots of lovely treats on offer.
The Christmas afternoon tea includes a fresh selection of Christmas sandwiches, Christmassy homemade cakes, freshly made homemade scones with clotted cream and jam and a pot of tea or a coffee of your choice.
£19.99 per person
From 1st December until 23rd December 2019
Festive afternoon tea at Brighton Hotel du Vin is practically served with bells on. Children are welcome but there isn’t a separate kids’ afternoon tea, which makes Hotel du Vin pricey. The usual children’s lunch / dinner menu is available alongside the tea – but let’s be honest – there are gingerbread men and candy canes at stake here!
There’s a long list of festive savouries including turkey and cranberry sausage rolls, cheese and posh pickle on tomato bread and smoked salmon and cream cheese on rye seeded loaf. And of course, scones, cream and jam.
The desert plate is the real bobby dazzler: meringue snowmen gingerbread men, candy canes, Christmas pudding truffles and white chocolate and raspberry presents. Yummy!
£30 with a glass of champagne
Available from 27th November to 24th December 2019.
Have a delightful Christmas tea in one of the finest woodland gardens in the world.
Restaurant Manager, Anya Delport says:
For Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House, we keep a traditional menu. Our Classic Afternoon Tea menu comprises of finger sandwiches, seasonal savouries, scones and desserts. With our themed afternoon teas, in this case Christmas, we keep the structure and style the same, but the flavours of the dessert and savouries take on the flavours and memories of Christmas
£40 for grown-ups, £50 with a glass of champagne and £21 for children
Wednesday 4th December at 1pm & Sunday 22nd at 4pm
If you fancy having at look, here’s a link to their full festive afternoon tea menu
The Perch are offering festive afternoon tea for all the family on the Saturday before Christmas. Details of the menu have yet to be released. But The Perch rarely fail to deliver! I can’t wait to see what’s on offer. Watch this space.
£19.99 per person
21st December 2019 from 3.30pm
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