Lifestyle: Afternoon Tea in Brighton

Living a short train journey from Brighton has major advantages – the biggest being plenty of girly days out with one of my closest friends.  A few weeks ago we decided to visit the Blackbird Tea Rooms for a spot of afternoon tea.

Blackbird Tearooms9 photo 2015-05-03 12.35.08_zpsmnhvjbuj.jpgBlackbird Tearooms6 photo 2015-05-03 12.35.57_zpsodmnbhbs.jpgDefinitely not a bad decision, it was such a lovely afternoon of catching up, excellent tea and yummy food. The cakes in particular were so different to other afternoon teas, it made a lovely change.

Blackbird Tearooms5 photo 2015-05-03 12.36.09_zpsirfzbym6.jpgBlackbird Tearooms4 photo 2015-05-03 12.36.16_zps1bavrdur.jpgThe food wasn’t perfect. I’d question the freshness of the salmon (it was a little grey looking, with a fishiness not usually there in smoked salmon), and some of the cakes tasted of sugar and not much else.

Blackbird Tearooms10 photo 2015-05-03 12.32.49_zpsldscwku6.jpgBlackbird Tearooms1 photo 2015-05-03 12.30.52-1_zpsebcigboi.jpgThe scones were superb, with the jam being some of the best I’ve had.

Blackbird Tearooms11 photo 2015-05-03 12.32.13_zpsfw0xpwpr.jpgBonus points for the tea, which was loose leafed. I found it refreshing, perfectly stewed and pretty spot on – when I remembered to use the strainer of course! Service was pretty awesome too, and other food around looked fab. I was very jealous of the poached eggs I spied at a neighboring table!

Blackbird Tearooms2 photo 2015-05-03 14.07.52_zpsmh8eeto4.jpgBlackbird Tearooms3 photo 2015-05-03 14.07.46_zpsblstynzf.jpgThe actual tea rooms were stunning. Properly ’40-’50s style, not ‘fashionable vintage style’ as is so overdone. The garden area was so charming, whilst not warm enough to sit out we visited them on the hunt for the (outside) toilet.

Blackbird Tearooms8 photo 2015-05-03 12.35.18_zpskoexg2pm.jpgI’d definitely visit these tea rooms again, though probably just for a snack and cake – I do love afternoon tea but found this a little heavy on the sugar for my liking.

Have you ever had afternoon tea? Any Brighton recommendations?