On Brighton seafront sits the historic Victorian hotel, The Grand. Originally built in 1864 for members of the upper classes visiting Brighton and Hove. Today it is home to a luxury spa and over 200 tasteful Art Deco-inspired bedrooms and it remains Brighton’s most iconic hotel.
With a reputation of serving one of the best afternoon teas in the country, The Grand has three daily sittings at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm in The Victoria Lounge, Bar and Terrace.
Visited: July 2016
The beautiful sea view from the Victoria Terrace
The silver cutlery
The comfortable furniture
Everything tasted delicious
The decadent feel to the whole experience
The take-away packages for our leftovers was a lovely touch
The decorative theme that ran through the menu and literature
We visited on a Saturday afternoon for a 4.30 sitting and were quickly seated in plush comfortable chairs looking out to sea. There are two options to choose from, the full afternoon tea complete with sandwiches and cakes or scones served with tea. We opted for the full menu and selected our tea. The service was prompt, courteous and helpful.
The food was served over three tiers with the beautifully crafted cakes on top being the most aesthetically impressive.
The hand-cut sandwiches came with fillings of smoked salmon, ham and mustard, egg and cress and cream cheese and cucumber. Soft and crust-less they couldn’t be faulted.
The freshly homemade scones with strawberry preserves and West Country clotted cream were delicious and with two apiece were more than we could manage.
The cakes made by the patisserie chef at the Grand were extremely decadent, with a lemon and blackberry tart, macarons, and a chocolate ganache dessert among others.
At the end of our dining there was still a lot of food left and when we asked to take it away it was packaged up so that we could enjoy the rest of it later on.
The whole experience was wonderful and it was easy to see why The Independent described this as “one of the top 14 Afternoon Teas in the UK” in 2015.
This really is a lovely thing to do for a special occasion or on a sunny afternoon, especially when you have visitors to stay. The full afternoon tea menu can be found here.
Overall verdict: 9/10
Cost of food: £16-£29 per person
97-99 King’s Rd,