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The Cobblestone Tea House in West Sussex, England

The next stop on our West Sussex day trip took us to the town of Steyning. Steyning is a charming small town filled with lovely English cottages and interesting shops lining the high street. In it you’ll find, along a hidden cobblestone path, a small, family-owned tea shop called The Cobblestone Tea House. It’ll be worth your while to stop by if you’re ever passing through.

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

Access to the tea house is from the main road in Steyning – a small sign points down a narrow pathway that opens up into a circle of small shops beside The Cobblestone Tea House. We were given a warm welcome into the cozy, rustic cottage and made to feel right at home, even though we arrived looking like we’d just tried to swim the Thames. (I’d have shooed us, with our muddy boots and dripping clothes, right back out the door!)

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

Careful attention has been paid to every detail inside The Cobblestone Tea House, giving this hidden gem loads of character. Teapots and other knick-knacks adorned every nook and cranny in the shop, and bright flower arrangements on the tables brought a little sunshine to the otherwise dreary day outdoors. It reminded me of what it feels like to go home to my grandmother’s house where everything is homemade and almost nothing matches. In other words, you’re unlikely to find a more comfortable, homey atmosphere than this.

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

We were seated in a quiet corner of the cottage where we could enjoy our tea away from the bustle of the kitchen and the rest of the shop. Only a few other customers sat quietly at their tables, sipping their tea and gazing out the windows. A black cat snoozed on a chair by the front door. The rain continued to fall outside the windows as we drank our tea, but we were buzzing with warmth inside the tea house. We chatted for hours as we drank our tea from dainty bone china teacups and nibbled on scones. No one gave us an annoyed side-eye for continuing to sit at our table long after we’d finished our tea. The relaxed atmosphere and the warm drinks were exactly what we needed to recover from our very messy morning. As we left, I felt a bit wistful knowing I’ll likely never get to visit again. If only I could go everywhere I love twice!

The Cobblestone Tea House is open seven days a week and serves a full English breakfast, as well as lunch and afternoon tea. The menu is extensive and everything seems fairly priced. FYI, when we visited they did not accept credit cards. This may be temporary, but bring some cash along to be on the safe side!

The Cobblestone Tea House: Website
Address: 74 High Street, Cobblestone Walk, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3RD

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The Cobblestone Tea House In West Sussex, England

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  • Emmymom
    February 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    That sounds just peaceful and lovely. Wonderful pictures

  • Stacie Stamper
    February 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    E and I love to have pretend tea parties, can’t wait until she is old enough for the real thing. Beautiful pics as always!

  • Katrin
    February 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Sarah, I love it! It looks like it is from a fairy tale! Tea houses are so fantastic, especially this one! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Sarah Shumate
      February 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      It does look like a fairy tale! I think Snow White would have fit in perfectly here! There was even a tea house cat that welcomed us in the front door. :o)

      • Katrin
        February 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Aww, a tea house cat? :) Love it!

  • Anna
    February 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    This looks absolutely wonderful! Sounds like you girls had a lovely time. Posts like this make me miss English charm

  • Mandy Southgate
    February 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Ohh, I think I would have loved it here too. You’ve convinced me Sarah – it is time to get in my car and do some really exploring this spring and summer. I usually stick to Kent as there is so much to see but I really like the sound of West Sussex too!

  • Sammy @ Days Like This
    February 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    It just looks so damn English, love it

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    February 14, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    A proper english cuppa!

    • Sarah Shumate
      February 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      I’m not English enough yet to use the word ‘cuppa’. ;o)

  • Alyx
    February 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    AHHH!!! It just looks so nice, warm, and cozy in there! I can totally imagine myself having a nice cup of tea with friends.

  • topchelseagirl
    February 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    A-ha it looks like I can comment again!! Looks lovely, wish I could’ve joined you.

  • Melanie Fontaine
    February 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    What a cute tea house! Exactly what I would imagine a tea house in the English countryside to look like! :)

  • rorybore
    February 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    I think I was born in the wrong country – ha — except, of course there is much British tradition here in Canada. Everything about this appeals to me: the dainty china, the proper tea, the scones (do tell me they had Devon cream too!), the cozy cottage feel. We have a tea and scone place here in my small town and the food is delicious, but it’s not quite the same atmosphere.

  • Jo
    February 14, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    What a great little tea shop!

  • worshipblues
    February 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    What a charm-filled place! A great find and I shall note it down just in case I am ever in the area.

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    February 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Beautiful photos of what has become one of my favorite places. Glad I got to share it with you all!

    • Sarah Shumate
      February 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      I am so grateful to you for planning such a perfect day for all of us! You did a wonderful job! :o)