Brighton is full of so many quirky places to grab a drink and a snack, I sometimes wonder how places like Starbucks and Costa stay in business at all. Yes, of course, I grab my latte in the morning from a big chain store (although I would be open to changing this) but in the evenings and weekends, it’s no question that you will find me in some cute little café.
Obviously, the availability of gluten free snacks is also key. One of the best gluten free cakes I’ve had alongside a cup of tea in Brighton has come from the Blackbird Tea Rooms, located in the Lanes.
Decorated in an adorable vintage style, with clusters of photos on the walls and bundles of fresh flowers on each table, it’s hard to curb the desire to photograph everything.
When we got there in the afternoon on a Sunday, it was understandably busy, but we waited. And I will say that I think it is worth the wait, to get a slice of their very moist Orange and Almond gluten free offering. My gluten-eating partner-in-crime, Clementine, also enjoyed her carrot cake and Rosehip & Hibiscus tea (which is honestly just stunning to look at, with its light pink colour).
The servers, a group of ladies in perfectly pressed black dresses with white aprons, provide amazing customer service and are lovely to chat with. Even with a busy tea room and a queue, I never felt particularly rushed, and Clementine and I were able to eat at a leisurely pace and have a bit of a chat in the warm room on the ground floor before heading back out into the windy Lanes.