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“Quaint, quirky and quick”

Dickens Tea Cottage Eastbourne
Ranked #60 of 442 Restaurants in Eastbourne
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

A small "Olde Worldy" tea room full of knick knacks and customers.
Quaint, quirky and quick.
Fun, friendly and family run.
Home baked cakes and tea in a tea pot.
You will need to book for their home cooked Sunday Roast Lunch which is authentic, plentiful and very popular.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Very friendly welcome, no rush to choose from traditional menu. Food well cooked and presented at a very good price. Very busy at lunchtime, booking suggested..
Homely atmosphere with a Dickens theme. Narrow entrance and upstairs toilet limits use if you have a disability Would most certainly visit again. Closes at 4 pm most days.

Thank Linda A
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

My partner and I found this most quaint and charming “olde worlde” tea room / restaurant quite by chance whilst meandering round the Little Chelsea area of Eastbourne during a recent short break there.

As we entered the tea room, we were instantly drawn to its unusual, if not quirky, interior with its lovely cosy and intimate atmosphere. Straight away it felt nice and welcoming.

Its walls were simply plastered with old photographs, postcards, letters, paintings, etchings, sketches, and other curios in addition to a large display of interesting old plates. So much so, you'd be hard-pressed to find an empty space anywhere on any wall!

But it really worked only adding to the ambience and cosiness of this lovely old tea room – in all its quirkiness!

As you may gather from its name - Dickens Tea Cottage, displayed inside is everything Charles Dickens including a Dickensian map of London, a copy of the sermon read out at Dickens's funeral and a charming letter Dickens wrote to his son.

The current owners who've run the tea room for the past twelve years revealed that the tea room was built in 1719 and was originally a boarding house. It is said that Charles Dickens stayed here, although it's been a tea room for the past fifty years.

Wow, can you imagine! Dickens may have stayed here whilst writing one of his world famous novels! Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist or maybe A Tale Of Two Cities?

Who Knows? Exciting or what?

But despite all the Dickens Paraphernalia on view, the tea room is not only spotlessly clean but is also well run and tastefully designed with its lovely red carpet, polished darkened wood round dining tables and matching wooden chairs with their red cushions which compliment the red carpet. Looks really nice.

There are also two Georgian fireplaces either side of the room. One, of inglenook design, had been converted into a hidey-hole bookcase full of Dickens's books. Alongside a glowing lantern this feature only adds to the room's cosy feel.

I also noticed there was a void underneath the stairs which most people would have used as a cupboard, however, here it had been converted into a cosy little niche for a solo customer to dine alone in privacy. A brilliant idea, and a nice touch!

I must admit it took me some time to order tea because we were so engrossed in looking at all the things on display, however we were delighted by the quick service and pleasant welcome from the waitress when we did eventually order!

The tea was what I call a proper cup of English tea. Nice and strong and it smelled it too! It tasted very very good!

We didn't eat on this occasion but were so blown away by this delightful tea room we returned two days later.

I was equally impressed because the same waitress immediately recognised us - amidst a very full and busy tea room!
On this occasion, we were fortunate enough to bag the the only table available, right by the window!

The tea room was absolutely heaving with mainly families and children having cooked lunches.

I looked around trying to be discreet and not to stare because the food smelled and looked so good. Every plate. I could almost taste it!

Sadly however, because we'd already eaten a cooked breakfast at our hotel, we didn't want to eat another cooked meal so soon. We decided therefore to have a cream tea instead.

I can honestly say I have never tasted such a delicious mouth-watering cream tea before and that includes cream teas in Devon and Cornwall!

Freshly baked fruit scones ( two each! ), strawberry jam and a generous tub full of cream. Absolutely amazing, and the scones were huge! What a feast.
I'm still salivating just writing this review! You must try them. Yummy!!

And despite the same waitress being rushed off her feet, we didn't wait long to be served neither.
Brilliant food. Brilliant service. Brilliant tea room. What else can we say?

Can't wait to return to Eastbourne and the Dickens Tea Cottage!

But next time it's cooked lunch.... That's for sure!

Happy holidays!

Lee A.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

As you walk through the door, you see all the decoration and memorabilia on the walls.

The seating is very old looking but comfy.

The staff make you feel welcome.

I only went in for a pot of tea, but there are plenty of options on offer. Tea/coffee. Cakes to scones to a light lunch to a cooked breakfast. All cheap too.

Wonderful place and would certainly go back.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Was in South Street on business and almost didn't notice this amazing place tucked at the end of the street. Went in for an afternoon cup of tea, just before closing, but the lovely ladies didn't mind that we weren't spending a lot, or that it took us until after closing to finish our tea. So 5+ star service.

While we didn't eat on this occasion I did see what others were having (mostly a selection of lovely home made cakes) and perused the menu, which is traditional English fare at very good prices considering this is expensive real estate.

What really sets this apart is the surroundings (refer photos posted here). There's everything Dickensian from a map of London in his time to a letter to his son to the sermon delivered at his funeral! A truly charming spot for a cuppa and cake or a choice from their menu, all made on the premises and to order.

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