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“Disapppointing” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of That Little Teashop in the Lanes

That Little Teashop in the Lanes
Ranked #10 of 76 Coffee & Tea in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Brighton
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Disapppointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Had high hopes for this place this week - big section of a wide range of cakes to be fair but portion size and presentation very, very poor.
Paid £3.37 (!) for a 'slice' of banoffee! More like a slither! Perhaps I am partly to blame in so far as I asked for some banoffee to take away and didn't watch it being sliced to see a typical 'slice'.
I was so surprised at how teeny tiny the piece was...it was ridiculous.
It looked more like the leftovers from someone who could not eat bit - of the same miniscule portion.
And Im not a fatty or gym bunny - Im a size 10/12 fit woman - a woman who just wanted a decent and WELL priced slice of banoffee.
Wont be going back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bluebellegal
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BRIGHTON
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53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lyons Tea Rooms?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We were drawn to the Little Teashop due to a member of staff stepping out of the front door in a bob cap and uniform. Then taking in the external feel, how cosy and small it was inside it was an irresistible pull. The choice of 1930/1940's music created a great ambience and the decor charming and inviting, of course having tea in a cup and saucer, charming as well. A smaller menu made choice much easier and so we both ordered poached eggs on toast, one tea and one hot chocolate but the hot chocolate was to be topped with spray cream. I do realise that in today's economic atmosphere spray cream is the way but I find it has no taste. The tea arrived and hot chocolate both very well presented however the eggs were a tiny bit of a let down. The toast was cold. There were no other hot food orders taken apart from ours and the eggs had been cooked in a poacher and not boiling hot water and vinegar and then out of the four eggs served all four were hard. A poached egg should have a bit of fun in it.
That all said, it was a charming break from the Lanes, the staff were very attentive, polite and friendly and I won't hesitate to go back again.
It was refreshing to find a real tea room and with just a tweek here and a tweek there this tea room could easily rank as among one of the best in town.
We do so hope that you step up to the mark because you deserve to be fabulous.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TwoHotBlokes
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Derby, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

Delicious home made soup,which was made by one of the waitresses using her mothers recipe.Very clean premises,friendly waitresses,good value for money .We will definitely visit again.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stephen B
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Suffolk
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101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“ENCHANTING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Step back in time - the waitresses dressed in "Joe Lyons" type uniforms (not that I remember Joe, but husband does - just). A terrific little teashop with a huge selection of cakes all of which looked immensely appetising. However, as a special dinner was planned for that evening, we opted for a fruit scone with jam and cream (to share - although on reflection, wish we had had one each). I thought we had found perfection in the Cornwall & Devon clotted cream teas, and although the cream here is not clotted, the scones were the best ever: light, warm and so crumbly the last pieces required the teaspoon ! It's a quirky little place: all the tables, china etc. are different - our tiny white milk jug was in the shape of a heart !. Sadly, it is not, as we had hoped, from a local pottery but belonged to the owner's (the lovely Jackie whom we met on her way out of the shop) grandmother, as did a great deal of the other pieces of china. We had only just arrived in Brighton for a 48 hour visit, and this was our first "meal". There is absolutely no doubt that when we return to Brighton, Jackie's Little Teashop will be our first call - with no dinner planned for the evening.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SuffolkSophisticat
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London
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Traditional tea shop really?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

After a lovely day round the town of Brighton me and my best friend really fancied a cuppa and a cake :) and found this what looked lovely from the outside! The cakes looked lovely, I had a scone which was nice but fell apart everywhere. We asked for some tea enough for two! And got a massive teapot with one tea bag in it! The tea was like dish water and I would expect tea leaves in a traditional tea room! I didn't appreciate to be called a girl by the waitrose aswell will not be visiting again.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Katek1991
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