As an 18th birthday treat, I took my sister out for afternoon tea. I’m trying not to sound like a gushing foodie right now, but it’s hard when you’re full of tea and scones!
So here you go, a short review, for those thinking about heading out for the afternoon: Alexander House, nestled in the quiet Sussex countryside of turners hill Crawley. A beautiful grand country house surrounded by trees and greenery, with a modern suite building that perfectly complements the surroundings.
Tea is served in the lounge, where you can enjoy the open fire and views into the gardens, whilst maintaining the luxury Georgian style the lounge doesn’t feel too posh or stuffy (we didn’t feel too out of place in jeans and smart tops).
Champagne is available but we opted for one of the wide selections of loose leaf teas available.
I enjoyed the Chrysler breakfast (described as strong and gutsy!), whilst Emma was more adventurous in her choice of Lapsang Souchong, a smokey delight – both were of good quality and freshly brewed in a pot (as any good tea should).
The stand did not disappoint, a delightful selection of sandwiches (our favourites were the roast beef & horseradish and the egg) accompanied the warm fresh scones, and a beautiful array of almost bite sized dessert. We both agreed whilst the fresh scones were the star of the show but the banana/caramel opera cake came in as a close second!
Having finished our stand, we were offered extra tea and it felt like they were in no rush to kick us out. I feel like they would have left us all day if we wanted, that was a weekday though!
All in all we greatly enjoyed our experience, the atmosphere was lavish and quiet (yet not stuffy), the food and tea was amazing, and the service impeccable.
Would I recommend a friend you might ask? Yes I would indeed! A simply delightful afternoon!