Coming from the Czech Republic, I'm used to buildings having centuries of history behind them and really appreciate that. In that respect, Old Cottage got me pretty excited. The building is mostly original inside, and even I have to duck because of how low some ceilings are -- now that's REALLY exciting.
I came here with a few friends one day when we decided to explore other towns near Brighton. We stumbled upon Old Cottage and went for the classic tea, scones and clotted cream ordeal to feel fabulously proper. We were without a doubt the youngest people inside, but it was so refreshing to see groups of older women gabbing away for hours instead of the rush-rush dining experience mostly found today.
If I'm completely honest, the scones and cream did nothing for me. Keep in mind, I don't really like sweets and absolutely hate anything creamy, so that should be taken with a giant grain of NaCl.
The atmosphere is just lovely, and if you feel like transporting yourself to the British 1800's, throw on a massive floppy hat and come to Old Cottage. The tea is quite tasty.
Walking by, you would think it's just an ordinary household (placed in the middle of the shops, for some odd reason). What it is is a very cozy, very pleasant, very comforting and very relaxing tea room.
It's a family run business, and the atmosphere is akin to spending a night at your grandparents. You're able to sit back with your close friends and reminisce about old times. They do small sandwiches and soups during the day, and they also do breakfast until 11am or so. But what it's really about is having a pot of tea (with cake), while hanging out with your closest friends.
In a village whose stock in trade seem s to be 18th century Sussex and being the one time home of Kipling it stands to reason that Rottingdean's tea rooms are going to be competitive. I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Old Cottage Tea Rooms today. The second I stepped through the door I was privy to a warm and personal welcome. I ducked as I headed through to the left hand room and set down my bag and coat at table three. The Old Cottage consists of two rooms, one to the left and a slightly larger one to the right with a bay window and a door through to the garden and toilet.
I ordered a cream tea for one and wandered back to my table. As I sat at the table taking in the pleasant historic surroundings the traffic literally feet from my table seemed to fade softly into the back ground. Then the cream tea arrived. The scone seemed to have been freshly baked as the butter melted on contact. The portions of cream jam and tea were easily sufficient to justify the mere three pound fifty and taking into account the fantastic quality of service I feel the Old Cottage is a real high point for any one on a trip to "Historic Rottingdean".
We are a family fun Tea Rooms And Restaurant, we offer the traditional afternoon tea, comprising of a selection of finger sandwiches appompanied by a warmed fruit scone with Cornish Clotted Cream and Jam. Also availiable Full English cooked Breakfast, Hot Lunches such as Shepards Pie, Jacket potatoes, Burgers, BBQ Pork Ribs Salads, Filled Sandwiches to name a few.
As of January 2012 we now open on Friday and Saturday Nights 7pm as a English style Licenced Restaurant offering Ribeye Steak, Salmon, Slowcooked Minted Lamb Shank, Scallops, Hickory BBQ Chicken and Vegetarian options to name a few meals from the menu. with a selection of Wines, Beers and Spirits to accompany your Meal.
The Olde Cottage is over 400 years old built in 1589AD still has some of its origional features, Its the perfect setting to relax with friends and enjoy a Homecooked meal or just a great cuppa with a slice of cake......
Established in 2006.
The building built in 1589 AD was previously two cottages then turned into a single dwelling. its previous owners were Butchers the olde cottage still has the origional floor, then a family named Mockford turned it into a GreenGrocers, then finally turned into a Tea Room approximatly 60 years ago......
Lisa is the current owner and employs several part time waitresses, she has total control at front of house and demands great friendly service from her staff, adding a warm atmosphere to your experience.....
Wayne has control of the kitchen ensuring that only quality produce is used in creating your meal using the local greengrocer and butcher for supplies helping rottingdean traders survive in these hard retail times...
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