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.
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!)
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.
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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