long man's walking guide to Sussex

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Sussex Tea Rooms

Looking for tea and cake to stock up your energy levels? Fancy a cream tea now you’ve burnt off a few calories? Here are a few tea shops in prime walking locations.

Stanmer Tea Rooms

Stanmer Tea Rooms

East Sussex

Badgers Tea Rooms & Garden, Alfriston – tea room with attractive walled garden.

Beanstalk Tea Rooms, Firle –  a short walk from Firle Village and located right under the Downs and Firle Beacon, there are many circular routes that bring you to Beanstalk Tea Garden.

Ditchling Tea Rooms – good tea rooms with a small back garden serving cakes and meals.

Duddleswell Tea Rooms

Duddleswell Tea Rooms – during a break from opening, there’s usually seats out on the grass!

Duddleswell Tea Rooms – Ashdown Forest tea rooms with a sunny front garden, near to Pooh Bear country and walks. Stop off before or after looking for Heffalumps.

Hiker’s Rest, East Dean – on the prefect village green, next to the Tiger Inn. Pint or tea?

The Grange Tea Garden, Rottingdean – tea garden at back of fine Georgian House with museum and art gallery (April – Oct). Other good tea rooms available in Rottingdean.

Wildflour Cafe, Saddlescombe Farm near Brighton – tea and local produce served at National Trust owned historic farm near the famous South Downs landmark, Devil’s Dyke.  See Saddlescombe Farm and Newtomber Hill Walks.

Litlington Tea Gardens – tranquil tea gardens in the small hamlet of Litlington, near Alfriston, in the heart of the East Sussex South Downs. Open March – October. Seems to be on a downhill trajectory though – check out  reviews on Trip Adviser.

Little Cottage Tea Rooms, Glynde –  ‘a quintessential tea room experience in the beautiful village of Glynde’ is a fair description even if they do say so themselves, and perfectly located for an ascent of Mount Caburn.

Mrs Burton’s Restaurant and Tea Rooms, Battle – right next door to Battle Abbey at the Heart of ‘1066 country’ in Battle High Street and dating back to the 16th Century.

Piglet’s Tea Rooms, Pooh Corner, Hartfield – Pooh themed shop and tea rooms in Hartfield, perfect for post Pooh Sticks cakes if you fancy a little something.

pooh shop hartfield

The Stable Tea Rooms at Heaven Farm – set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, Heaven Farm is steeped in 600 years of farming history, and includes licensed  tea rooms, the Bluebell nature trail (for a small fee but worth it at Bluebells time), wallabies and rural life museum.

Stanmer Park Tea Rooms – busy tea rooms in Stanmer Village and Park, in the downs outside Brighton, and walks in every direction.

Wishing Well Tea Rooms, Wilmington – despite being just off the A27, these tea rooms are easy to miss and manage to retain a rural tranquility with downland views, and situated close to many excellent walks.

West Sussex

Amberley Village Tea Rooms – the tea room is located in picturesque Amberley and the building itself is a Grade II listed property. The building has been sympathetically restored and has a delightful courtyard garden, and it’s hard to believe it was formerly the village slaughterhouse.

Belinda’s , Arundel – 16th century tea rooms in Arundel.

Highdown Tea Rooms – next to Highdown Gardens and good for a walk up to Highdown Hill. Alternatively, try the pub.

Highdown Tea Rooms

Riverside, Houghton Bridge, Amberley – sit by the river Arun in the South Downs for tea, a nice slice of cake or a baguette, meal or pizza . Perfect for walks around Amberley. Licensed.

The Junction @ Clapham Village Stores & Tea Room – nice setting for the alternative Clapham Junction. Ponder the Clapham Woods Mystery whilst sipping your cuppa. Limited opening hours.

The Steyning Tea Rooms – traditional British tea rooms in the heart of Steyning.

Fancy something a bit stronger?

Sussex Pubs


  1. Wilton granary tearoom is now closed! Hikers rest at sadlescombe under new management and not open every day!

  2. Highdown tea rooms very sadly closed
    Landlord would not renew lease.

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