Ten Top Picks for Afternoon Tea in Sussex Chichester

There’s nothing quite as English as an afternoon tea complete with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes, and a proper cup of tea served in fine bone china.

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Across Sussex there are a whole host of places where you can indulge in this traditional ritual, and we’ve put together a list of our favourites.

From afternoon tea at the famous Goodwood House and Chichester Cathedral, to restaurants in Chichester and dog-friendly cafes in Midhurst, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


Best to impress: afternoon tea at Goodwood

There’s no setting quite like taking Afternoon tea in the splendour of the ballroom at Goodwood House, so if you really want to treat or be treated, book this, complete with a tour of the state apartments.

Best historical setting: Chichester Cathedral 

An image of 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.

Somewhere different: tea and art at Pallant 

Pallant House Gallery in Chichester

Refuel after exploring the extensive collection of modern British art at Pallant Café at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Close to the glorious Sussex coastline: Lucy Armstrong Chocolates 


Indulge a sweet tooth with a specially created chocolate afternoon tea at Lucy Armstrong Chocolates, East Wittering.


Most dog-friendly: Fitzcanes, Midhurst 

An image of Fitzcanes cafe, Midhurst

Fitzcanes cafe, Midhurst


At Fitzcane’s in Midhurst, treats aren’t just for the humans as dogs are made very welcome and there’s even doggy ice cream.

Great Countryside location: Compton Tea Rooms 


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

An image of The Millstream Hotel in Bosham, West Sussex

The Millstream Hotel in Bosham, West Sussex


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

For sunny summer days: Cowdray Estate 

An image of afternoon tea at the walled garden in Midhurst

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.


A perfect pitstop: Petworth House 

an image showing the interior of Tiffins Tearoom in Petworth

Tiffins Tearoom


After hitting the antique trail or after a visit to Petworth House, Tiffins of Petworth is on hand with locally sourced cuppa and it’s much loved afternoon tea.


Step back in time: Petworth Old Railway Station 

An image showing the exterior of The Old Railway Station B&B near Petworth

The Old Railway Station, Petworth


To an afternoon tea surrounded by the romantic and glamorous period of Pullman rail travel at The Old Railway Station, Petworth



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