After reading all the reviews on Qype and elsewhere, I decided to give this place a try. Upon arrival I was given a warm welcome by a charming lady whom I assume was the owner or his partner. I was surprised to learn that they now serve coffee as I had learned that this was definitely not on the menu under the previous owner. Along with this, I had a piece of Carrot cake which, I was told, was homemade on the premises and I could believe it as it tasted delicious and fresh. It was rather expensive £4-95 but well worth it.
But it's the surroundings which make this place so unusual and worth a visit. It has the sense of going back in time to a more genteel society when etiquette and good manners were the order of the day.
The place is stuffed from top to bottom with Royal pictures and memorabilia and you get a feeling that the person who designed all this had a particular liking for Princess Diana
There is a steep step at the door which makes this place difficult for people in wheelchairs and for those like me who have a walking disability.
Came here with a friend for afternoon tea. This is a very lovely place. Our afternoon tea came with cheese sandwiches, salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, cakes, two scones, and Yorkshire tea. Everything was delicious, especially the scones and the jam. Although it was a little on the pricey side (more than 20 pounds in total), it was a very nice late brunch.
Update: after having afternoon tea in London, I realized the price of what I got here was absolutely a bargain! Although the afternoon tea here might not be as extensive and delicate as the ones i had in london, this was a real bargain.
The sign outside this tea shop on George Street reads: Street girls bringing sailors onto the hotel must pay for the room in advance. How very different to the home life of our own dear Queen.
This place is kitsch and fun; it is also ceremonious and unsmiling a bit like the Royal Family itself. The place is small so book in advance to be sure of a table and be prepared to see the ironic side of paying good money for standard fare.
A tribute to the late Princess of Wales reads: Born a Princess, Died a Queen. I can think of a few Brightonians this applies to.
Another one of those unique Brighton gems. A huge amount of space is taken up with royal memorabilia, with a particular emphasis on Dianna and a piano that breaks out into showtunes at random intervals. Open the menu and you are presented with two pages of tea room etiquette which are strictly enforced by the stern looking proprietor.
The portions of cakes and tea are generous and you will come out feeling close to a sugar and tannin overdose. Taste-wise, they are nothing to write home about but who cares! This is experience dining after all.
The best time to go is on a Sunday. Make sure you're seated and served by 4pm as that's when you have to stand for the National Anthem.
This place was recommended by a friend and being a lover of afternoon tea I had to see this place on my next trip to Brighton.what a great place! We happened to be so lucky to be there on a Sunday afternoon at around 4.00 pm. On the dot at 4 o'clock all guests were asked to rise to the national anthem.which was then followed by Liza's Cabaret.
Wonderfully quirky, bizarre, kitsch-laden, Diana-loving and fun! This place plays the best camp music and offers the best tea selection. Definitely a must-see!
I like my tea like I like my women,
I was satisfied.
However I'm keeping it safe with a three star rating, taking such risks is a dangerous way to live your life. Never take me for a fool.
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I love this place!! The tea and biscuits are generous and very elegantly served by the lovely guy with (on this day) silver eye shadow and acerbic quick wit. Don't come here is you want a run of the mill tea shop experience - do come here is you want a taste of the eccentric and for some fantastic food - with incredibly generous helpings, this is a really unique place well suited to the Brighton I know and love!
A totally OTT place which adds a lot of fun. The decor is totally Royal!
The tea menu is names after various members of the household.
One special tea is the regular Vicars tea party.
All in all well worth a visit.
Ok. I was poised to write a scathng review based on a visit to this establishment last April. I wanted to write it up as it has annoyed me since. Every time I pass this tea shop I feel cross. However I see it has been taken over by new management so I will take the advice of the last reviewer and reserve my comments until I visit it again and can compare the experiences. I hope to find it better as I love the idea and campness of what should be a must on any tour of Brighton.
Having walked by the entrance of this place several times, I was intrigued. All the kitschy British stuff drew me in. I went with a few friends and was impressed with their selection of choices. I went with the pot of tea and 2 scones and was very happy. A friend of mine had a cucumber tea sandwich and wasn't that excited by it, but we all agreed the scones were divine! Warm, soft, rich flavor, even better with a giant pot of clotted cream and jam. We spent around 2 hours just chatting and enjoying the place. I will definitely go back!
a must visit, amazing!
Absolutely hilarious and the last word in kitsch. The section in the menu about tea etiquette is an entertaining read - pay close attention as you must observe the rules or you may be asked to leave. What a pity, however, that the scribe doesn't have a good grasp of basic grammatical rules; he/she mangles the 'Queen's own English' in a piece of prose that is riddled with spelling mistakes and even contains the occasional superfluous apostrophe. Horror! Don't let this put off the pedants out there. This place offers a sumptuous and bizarre feast for the eyes as well as the appetite.
I consider myself to be a very polite and well-mannered lady, and I was very unceremoniously told to 'sh' by the management, while genuinely not speaking very loudly at all. My friend and I were made to feel extremely uncomfortable by all the rules and regulations that are not as tongue in cheek as you imagine. Both of us just wanted a cup of tea, but this is not allowed, so the bill for what essentially WAS two cups of tea (no soya milk available) was £7. Yes, it is absolutely beautiful inside, and has all the potential to be absolutely wonderful, but needs a bit more smiling, cheaper tea and less rules. (I gave two stars for the decor).
Hi love the tea cosy. Its one of he most unique places to visit in brighton. The menu looks a bit pricy at first, however is worth every penny. With regards to the last posting if you had been there you will see how small it is. If they let people in with buggies there would be no room to move, plus i like the no children under 12 rule.
Great place for a traditional British afternoon tea. Food is very tasty and filling and a great selection of teas - I had Russian Caravan last time I was there. The decor is totally bonkers as others have mentioned. I found the service great - very friendly and helpful - if you need anything just ask. It is a bit like going to visit your great aunt and the tables can be a little wobbly but I think that adds to the charm of the experience. Go and try it for yourself - I would rather have a quirky independent with character than another plastic franchise any day.
We went to the Tea Cosy in november and we looooved it. Scones, jam, cream, tea, room design: Everythong was amazing!!!!
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