Tea and Cake at... Metrodeco, Brighton

My adoration for tea shops, coffee houses, or cafes (whatever you wanna call 'em) is all the more encouraged living here in Brighton. Every street you wander down has 3 or 4 quaint little stop-offs, all with something different to offer. It's a right ol' pain on the purse strings but it means we're never short of things to do or quirky places to visit. I've decided to share some reviews of as many cafes as I can so if you're ever in Brighton, or stuck for ideas on things to do, hopefully these might give you some inspiration :) Bookmark the tag if you like

Tea and cake at Metrodeco Brighton

Topic of the week for conversation here in Brighton is the wind. A part of me dies when I find myself talking about the weather with people. You know conversation is at an all time LOW when you're awkwardly looking at the clouds saying 'yeah but we've been so lucky we had a lovely summer, wasn't it warm' in that annoying 'rising intonation' tone. But in all honesty, I've never seen Brighton take such a bashing as it did last weekend. Look at this video if you don't believe me. And the sheer mess of my hair in the pic below. I'm channelling the cross-bred look effortlessly.

Brighton beach

As the wind picked up, the windows howled so Neil and I braced the streets of Kemptown for 'a bit of fresh air' and got a bit more than we bargained for! We took a wander by the beach for some storm-watching activity, to bare witness to the powerful waves and only bumped into a small Amish family on our travels. Brighton is so bloody weird.

Walks along Brighton beach & kemptown

Walks along Brighton beach & kemptown

Walks along Brighton beach & kemptown

It was bitter cold and storm watching can be a right tiresome hobby, so we shortly after sacked off the bad weather for a nice pot of tea and a slice of carrot cake in Kemptown's finest tea shop, Metrodeco.

This 1930's little tea palace made a charming stop off after the vicious weather. It was like stepping back into the 1930s for an hour (or two. Maybe 3. We just didn't want to leave).

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco: Carrot Cake

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

I've popped into MDtea a few times, once in the summer and once on a very rainy day with a friend last spring and all three times the shop has had this heir of escapism that various Brighton cafés strive for and most can't quite achieve in all the hustle and bustle. Metrodeco being on the outskirts of town means that usually there's an odd quiet day so you can experience the café and what it has to offer in all it's glory. And my, what a menu! As many different types of (their very own) loose tea as you can dream up.

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

I went for a classic spearmint and peppermint concoction, namely the Rockerfella which I'm tempted to buy a batch of on their online shop. Slightly cleaner on the ol' palette and was a perfect match with a hefty slice of carrot cake. I've never once been to MDtea and not bought their carrot cake. It would be a cardinal fifi sin if I ever did - it's the best I've tried.

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

The whole tea shop is decked out in the most fabulous art deco, 1930s furniture - available to purchase if I remember rightly? And as Neil said in his witty review, it's charming how a little furniture shop has decided to sell tea and cakes. Epic business model ;) I'll certainly be taking inspiration from their interior when we come to buy our own place. Starting first and foremost with my very own delicate porcelain tea set.

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

Brighton tea and cake review at Metrodeco

So if you find yourself on a wander along the beach any time soon, turn left up Charlotte Street and pop into this rare gem for some tea and a snack to warm your cockles!

I believe Metrodeco also host and organise events from baby showers, engagement parties to wedding planning, too. Definitely one to remember when I'm helping my sister arrange a bridesmaid gathering before the big day.

Who's up for a Brighton bloggers tea cocktail night here soon? Yes please :)

Thanks for the beautiful photos Neil

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