Indulge in the ultimate English ritual of Afternoon Tea with our pick of some of Sussex's favourites.

From afternoon tea at the famous Goodwood House or close to Chichester Cathedral, to restaurants in Chichester and dog-friendly cafes in Midhurst, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus, don't miss regular afternoon tea events at award-winning vineyards Tinwood Estate and Ashling Park Estate where you can sip tea or a glass or Sussex sparkling wine by the vines. 

Best to impress: afternoon tea at Goodwood

Teas & Tours at Goodwood House

There’s no setting quite like this: Afternoon tea in the splendour of the ballroom at Goodwood House. For a terrific treat, book this, complete with a tour of the state apartments.

Best historical setting: adjacent to Chichester Cathedral 

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

The Buttery at the Crypt is a café located in an incredibly historic building dating back to the 12th. Century, just a stone’s throw from Chichester Cathedral. The Buttery Luxury Cream tea comes with homemade scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam (delicious, whichever order you choose to add them!).

Somewhere different: tea and art at Pallant 

Pallant Cafe Chichester

Refuel after exploring the extensive collection of modern British art at Pallant Café at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.  For an extra treat, enjoy your afternoon tea with a glass of Tinwood Sparkling Wine - the grapes are grown just outside Chichester.

Close to the glorious Sussex coastline: Lucy Armstrong Chocolates 

Chocolates at Lucy Armstrong Chocolates

Indulge a sweet tooth with a specially created chocolate afternoon tea at Lucy Armstrong Chocolates, East Wittering, where you'll be served incredible miniature chocolate delicacies and a heavenly cup of hot chocolate.

Most dog-friendly: Fitzcanes, Midhurst 

Fitzcane's Cafe in Midhurst

Fitzcanes cafe, Midhurst

At Fitzcane’s Cafe in Midhurst, treats aren’t just for the humans.  Dogs are made very welcome with treats and their very own dog ice cream.

Great Countryside location: Compton Tea Rooms 

Countryside at Compton, West Sussex

Surrounded by glorious Sussex countryside, Compton Village Shop & Tea Rooms is a quintessentially English location for your afternoon treat.

Close to Chichester Harbour: The Millstream Hotel 

The Millstream Hotel in Bosham

The Millstream Hotel in Bosham, West Sussex

Follow your delectable afternoon tea at The Millstream Hotel with a stroll around picturesque Bosham, enjoying views of the harbour.

For sunny summer days: Cowdray Estate 

Afternoon tea in The Walled Garden, Cowdray Estate

Afternoon Tea at The Walled Garden, Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Enjoy afternoon tea in the delightful Walled Garden at Cowdray Estate in Midhurst (summer months) where you’ll be treated to exquisitely made sweet treats surrounded by the heavenly scents of the garden. Vouchers make great Mother's Day gifts.

A perfect pitstop: Picturesque Petworth 

Tiffins Tearoom, Petworth

Tiffins Tearoom

After hitting the antique trail or after a visit to Petworth HouseTiffins of Petworth is on hand with a locally sourced cup of freshly brewed loose-leaf tea to accompany your savoury and sweet treats.

Step back in time: The Old Railway Station, Petworth 

Old Railway Station

The Old Railway Station, Petworth

Step back in time as you enjoy afternoon tea in the Waiting Room at The Old Railway Station, immersed in the romantic and glamorous period of Pullman rail travel.

Exquisite Creations in the City Centre: The Ship at Chichester Harbour Hotel

A picture showing afternoon tea cakes on a stand

Pastry chef Yeili's sweet creations are a sight (and flavours) to behold at The Ship at Chichester Harbour Hotel. Stop in after a day of retail therapy.


Find even more mouth-watering inspiration for places to eat here.