These truly English afternoons out in Steyning, Storrington and Amberley involve good tea and a touch of local history and heritage - a classic combination.
In Steyning, take a trip to Steyning Museum. The local museum is opposite the church and packed with history. Permanent exhibits include artefacts from the Saxon and Neolithic eras right through to Victorian pieces and information about the area in wartime. The museum is run by volunteers who organise lots of temporary exhibits throughout the year. Following your visit, stop at Steyning Tea Rooms for their sumptuous homemade scones - they're best known for their seasonal flavours, including rhubarb! The tea room is decked out in vintage-style decor and afternoon teas are served on pretty crockery.
Over in Amberley, which is accessible by train, there's another tea and history combo. Amberley Museum is an open-air heritage centre that is filled with interesting exhibits relating to the area's industrial heritage. Highlights include a narrow-guage railway and displays of historic buses and cars. And for your tea and cake? Check out Riverside Tea Rooms, round the corner from the museum and offering lovely view of the River Arun.
There's another perfect pairing in Storrington. Parham House and Gardens, two miles from the village by car, is an amazing Elizabethan house with stunning gardens. The Great Hall and the Long Gallery are a sight to behold - beautifully restored in the 1920s and 1930s, they have stunning features and a timeless, calming atmosphere. The house is open April to October on particular days so be sure to check opening times before you visit. Head into Storrington and you'll find Joanna's Boutique Tearoom tucked away in the high street. The decor is pretty and contemporary, in gentle pinks and greys, with a French vintage twist. Book early for afternoon tea at the weekend