A Nice Cup of Tea (or Coffee) in Eastbourne

As work starts (and then for no apparent reason, stops,) on the money pit which is now our home in Eastbourne, I spend my time checking out tea rooms and cafes across town.

Eastbourne has many choices when it comes to a hot drink, snack or slice of cake. In this blog I shall give my opinions on the places I have enjoyed visiting and hope to add more later.

It must be said that as a seaside resort, I am surprised at how many close at around 3 -4 pm, a time which seems ideal to me for a nice cup of tea and cake. On Saturday I visited the very popular Barley Sugar in Cornfield Terrace, but just missed the boat as we arrived at 3.20 and they close at 3pm, although the main shop stays open until 5pm.

Coffee & a cheese scone at Deliciously Gorgeous

We ventured on to my current favourite coffee shop, Deliciously Gorgeous, and phew, made it just in time for a nice cup of tea and lovely lemon drizzle cake. I love the way Deliciously Gorgeous go that extra mile and add a little sphere of chocolate onto their cappuccinos and always offer a chocolate truffle alongside. Barley Sugar will have to wait for another day, it has great reviews and looks very inviting so I will persevere.

The Wish Tower Cafe

I am pleased to see the Wish Tower Café has been reborn with a lovely westerly facing decking area, what a great place to enjoy the view. The old building had become very run down and so nice to see the regeneration of this iconic spot. When I visited sadly the edible offerings were nothing special and my coffee was luke warm. But you can’t beat the location on a sunny afternoon so I hope for better luck next time.


The very popular Beach Deck Café at the other end of the seafront is doing a roaring trade and it’s easy to see why. An interesting menu, great service and hot coffee. I enjoyed a tasty mozzarella, tomato and basil panini for lunch and will return for some delicious looking cake very soon. How divine to sit right beside the sea and watch the world go by.

A very special find (in my opinion) is the café at Brewers Decorating Centre on the industrial estate. With our house needing so much work I am finding myself wandering around looking for decorating inspiration on quite a regular basis. What joy to also have a top-notch café on site with the most scrummy cakes. A real ‘hidden gem’.

I always try to squeeze in a visit to Urban Ground in Bolton Road – I just love their strong flavoursome coffee and those naughty little Portuguese custard tarts. Now I see they have an outlet at the Towner Art Gallery, on the top floor, with views for miles and a selection of exhibitions to enjoy.

Holywell Tea Chalet is an old favourite that I remember from my childhood and nothing beats a bracing walk along the prom for one of their amazing cheese scones or a bacon butty. Nestling in the hollow below the Italian Gardens, Holywell always seems a sheltered spot where you can usually sit outside and enjoy the sea air.

Follow my blogs for more tea and cake suggestions, I am busy working my way around the cafes of Eastbourne!





  1. Thank you Sally, I will definitely be trying a few of these on one of my future trips to Eastbourne. Great to get personal recommendations. Perhaps we can visit one together very soon! 😀

    • For sure Lita – a naughty custard tart has your name on it!

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