Pre-war tearoom comes to Brighton

A tiny fragment of history has just been recreated in Brighton as the 1980s Cafe has been replaced by a tearoom that, while a very new construction, looks as if it has been there for a very long time.

This tearoom is called the Blackbird Tea Rooms and it has been fully created to the imagination of the owners as to what they think a prewar tearoom would look like. When you visit this tearoom you would easily think that it has been there for much longer than it actually has.

Lined with mahogany shelves filled with old tea tins and tea-filled sweet jars on the ground floor and with the prettiest floral wallpaper covered with delightful and eccentric photographs on the first floor, Blackbird has a charm and elegance that is sadly missing from so many of today’s modern ubiquitous High Street chains.

No expense has been spared with the attention to detail that makes this tea room completely unique. All the delicious home-made cakes and scones are served on original vintage china with vintage cutlery and the tables are dressed with original old lace covers and centre pieces. No meal at the Blackbird would be complete without a visit to the wonderfully original old-fashioned privy at the end of the little courtyard garden!

The loo in itself is like a mini museum filled with photos and curios. Not only are there framed examples of old wallpapers dating back over the two hundred or so years’ lifetime of the property that were discovered during the refurbishment and a cabinet of vintage toiletry accoutrements but if you look carefully, the keen-eyed nature lovers among you will find hidden among all the other pictures, an original 1920s photo of the owner’s very youthful and very glamorous but also very naked grandmother proudly on display!

Blackbird Tea Rooms, 30 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD

Open 11.00am – 5.30pm

01273 249 454