Best In Sussex | Afternoon Tea Edition | The Ivy, Brighton

*Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Brighton was a gifted experience. I work with The Ivy regularly on honest reviews, alongside regularly paying myself to visit. This in no way affects the honest reviews I will give*

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well!

This is officially the first post in my Best In Sussex blog series; by way of explanation, I get asked for restaurant recommendations in Brighton and Sussex multiple times a day on Instagram, Twitter, email etc. I understand why, because I am a greedy hog who posts about food 24/7 and has eaten her way through the entire county, so it does make sense. I thought I would start a blog series, called Best In Sussex, where I will take a particular cuisine, (like Mexican or Indian), or experience (like bottomless brunch, or afternoon tea), and review a whole group of them from around Sussex, and crown a winner for each section.

At the end of each blog post, I will be giving the experience a ‘Heart Rating’ out of 5; 5 being brilliant, 1 being really poor.

I thought I’d start off with Afternoon Tea, as it’s probably the one I get asked for recommendations for the most often. Kicking off, is my favourite Brighton restaurant, The Ivy – amazing food and drinks, brilliant service, unbelievable toilets – you get the gist, I bloody love it.

I’d never had their Afternoon Tea before, so they kindly offered it on a complimentary basis; we had the Champagne Afternoon Tea, because why not? It was a Wednesday, and there was enough to celebrate that my ex boyfriend had got a green card and moved to America. One down, 287 to go.

The Ivy Champagne Afternoon Tea Menu

Savoury Options:

Truffled Chicken Bricohe Roll

Marinated Cucumber & Dill Finger Sandwich

Smoked Salmon on Dark Rye Style Bread with Cream Cheese & Chives

Sweet Options:

Warm Fruited Scones with Dorset Clotted Cream & Strawberry Preserve

Raspberry Cheesecake

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Mousse

Crème Brûlée Doughnut

Drink Options:

A Glass of Champagne

A Selection of Teas, Infusions or Coffees

So, that’s the menu; it’s a classic afternoon tea menu with a few modern twists which I love; it’s the perfect kind of selection for me.

I’ll run you through from sweet to savoury:

Everything on here tasted unreal; I absolutely loved the little flowerpots which contained the mousse with real flowers placed on top, and a chocolate crumble to look like soil. It was so inventive, and seriously rich and chocolately. The cheesecake was the perfect size and I literally couldn’t fault it. Also, I’m sure you’re all aware of my penchant for custard, predominantly custard doughnuts, so the doughnut addition couldn’t have been more up my street. Unreal.

As for the scones, I’m not normally a fan of fruit scones however these were freshly baked, warm, the perfect consistency and with the clotted cream and jam…wow. I usually struggle to eat two scones with an afternoon tea but these were completely demolished.

Next, the first of the savoury tiers:

I normally really dislike the sandwiches in an afternoon tea, but I genuinely loved the savoury options at The Ivy. The Marinated Cucumber & Dill Finger Sandwich was lovely, as was the smoked salmon; as ridiculous as this sounds, it wasn’t too fishy, which is a big factor for me. The star of the show, however, had to be the Truffled Chicken Brioche Roll; really tender pieces of chicken, melted truffled cheese and a soft white roll. A really substantial size too for an afternoon tea; I was thoroughly impressed.

All in all, I loved the Afternoon Tea at The Ivy. The service was great, the food was amazing, and the general atmosphere, even on a Tuesday afternoon, was great. I’d thoroughly recommend booking if you want to try it out.

You can visit their website here;

Heart Rating Out Of 5: ♥♥♥♥♥

I’ll be posting my 2nd Afternoon Tea post in my Best In Sussex series soon. Also, if you’re a restaurant in Sussex wanting to get involved, please email me on – I look forward to hearing from you!

Speak soon!

All my love BGP xx