Ideally located on Brighton’s seafront, The Grand Hotel is just a stones throw from the renowned pier. Dating back to the Victorian Era, the building itself definitely lives up to it’s name – with high ceilings and sweeping staircases, think modern Downton Abbey vibes. While my student budget sadly wouldn’t stretch to an overnight stay, at a reasonable £29.95 pp it certainly made for a dreamy afternoon tea destination!
Tea was served in the Victoria terrace, which is surprisingly bright and modern considering the building’s ornate Victorian exterior. The comfiest velvet armchairs and a huge mural depicting an enchanting garden scene provide the best backdrop for hours of tea, cake and nattering. And when I say hours, i’m not exaggerating. My friend Emma and I spent the majority of the afternoon here but the service was amazing and not once were we made to feel rushed. For me, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re outstaying your welcome, especially when there’s so much food to get through! So major brownie points there.
The drink options were endless. Along with the usual teas and coffees, the menu included the longest list of speciality teas i’ve ever seen and an additional cocktail list. While I was tempted, I opted for traditional English Breakfast tea, boring I know, but the pretty crockery definitely jazzed it up a bit!
Now for the most important part, the food. Let me just say, there was a lot of it. If you do end up visiting, I would suggest skipping breakfast! I always forget how deceptively filling afternoon tea is until its too late and even after several hours of grazing and our very best attempts, we couldn’t manage all of it. Although we did take it home in a doggy bag (sometimes it just has to be done). The ‘Grand Afternoon Tea‘ starts off with a warm goats cheese, spinach and tomato quiche (i’m more of a sweet person but this was amazing) and various finger sandwiches. Followed by a selection of mini pastries (the lemon meringue pie was no doubt my favourite), scones with clotted cream and jam and a huuuuuge slice of syrup soaked orange and polenta cake – divine.
If you love afternoon tea like I do and you’re in Brighton any time soon, The Grand is not one to be missed. Great service, plenty of delicious food and bottomless tea, all with a seaside view – you can’t go wrong!
| Side Note – Afternoon Tea at The Grand was just one part of a lovely few days in this bustling seaside town. The rest of my time there was filled with more food, shopping, wandering the lanes and drinking waaaaay too much coffee (Brighton is packed full of unusual little coffee shops – I couldn’t resist!) So if anyone would be interested in a more general post about my trip to Brighton let me know – I had a wonderful time and have lots more recommendations to share! |