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“Tea, cake and buns with friends really do make the world a better place here!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Badgers @ The Old Village Bakery

Badgers @ The Old Village Bakery
Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Alfriston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $10
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Welcome to our historic tea house! Alfriston was granted its market charter in 1406, and the house at Badgers dates from 1510 – over 500 years old! We know it was the village bakery for 200 years until 1933, and proprietor Michael Luttig and manager Lynn Attfield continue the tradition of exceptional baking on the premises. “Dissenters” from St Andrews Church met here in the late 18th Century until they built their own independent church (now the United Reformed Church) in 1801. We even have a Standing Stone in the pavement outside the front door…
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Tea, cake and buns with friends really do make the world a better place here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

Quite simply the best ever cream tea we've ever had in the most cosy environment you can imagine! We bring all our visitors friends students and guests from around the world here for a typical 'oldy worldy English village with cream tea experience' because the cream tea here even beats the ones in the orangery at Kensington Palace in London, the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne and all others we've ever tasted. It's not just of the freshness and quality of homebaked produce being served warm, it's the location, atmosphere, truly genuine and attentive service and attention to detail that makes a visit there so very special and memorable. Our Australian friends were even given the most elegant 'doggy bag' when they couldn't finish the cake part of their cream tea in the form of a gold rimmed plate which they serve the sandwiches on, as a souvenir gift to take back home with them! They were blown away with Michael's generosity [the charming gentleman owner] and kindness. Tourists can write a postcard for free and they will post it anywhere in the world for you as a thank you for your custom from the old post office in the village. We can recommend the elderflower and goosberry sponge cake in particular which is a delightfully light and refreshing alternative to the more traditional Vicorian sponge and it quite literally melts in your mouth! The typically English walled garden is quaint and an attraction for anyone with green fingers or interested in their flowers. Please go - it should be on one of those lists "Top ten things to do before you die!" It really is that good. Don't worry if it's busy, it always is, but that's the sign of a great place that's worth the wait, so just walk around the viallge visit St. Andrew's church and the glorious viallge green and pop back when it's quieter - we've tried all the other tea rooms in the village over the past 20 years and we promise you that Badger's is worth the wait, the very best one - enjoy!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful scones”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

We popped into Badgers to avoid the rain - and where glad that we did. The tearoom is delightfully quaint, with the tea served in silver tea-pots and the food on vintage china; although the tables were closely packed inside, there was still a calm air about the place, and there was always the beautiful garden if you were happy to eat outside (weather permitting).

Best of all: the house brew was delightful - as were the cheese and pecan scones.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Cake Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a great old fashioned tea house.Home made cakes to die for. Tea served in silver tea pots and friendly helpful staff. Well worth the visit.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“lovely scones”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Came here today with my parents and sisters for afternoon tea. Its a lovely, quaint tearoom in a beautifully picturesque village. Overall the afternoon tea was delicious but there was a few niggling details. There wasn't enough choice in sandwiches (only smoked salmon or egg) so if you don't like either of them, then you'll not enjoy it. Also 2 of my sisters don't like tea so they had coffee instead but got 1 cup compared to the 3 cups the rest of us got of tea. However despite there being no choice of a "chocolate cake" (which for a chocoholic like myself is anabsolute crime) the cakes were delicious and the scones were to die for and they definitely didn't scrimp on the clotted cream like some tearooms do.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful tea house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Back for our second visit (from Chichester) - inside this time as weather did not permit sitting in the garden. Lovely food (not cheap by any means) and traditional pot of tea with boiling water to top up. Just as I like it. Please keep this up. Makes such a pleasant change from the awful coffee house chains and in beautiful Alfriston. The only improvement I would make would be to the loo otherwise it would be 5 stars. We will be back.

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