Every now and then here at Fizzbox, we like to get out there and try the activities we offer for ourselves. With an opportunity to travel in style on the fine dining bus that tours Brighton and serves delicious afternoon tea, how could I refuse such an offer? This indulgent outing took us past the landmarks of Brighton and Hove and provided delicious treats for the journey.
The Brighton Regency Routemaster afternoon tea bus tour takes you on an idyllic journey on a vintage bus through Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas, serving a selection of sandwiches, cakes and, of course, scones with either tea, prosecco or a gin cocktail. You can choose from a selection of six different teas but personally, I chose the pink prosecco and travelled in style with my glass of pink bubbles that were topped up throughout the trip.
The afternoon tea was much more than just some bubbles. We were served a two-tier cake stand full of tasty food. On the bottom tier, we had a selection of savoury options. This included freshly cut sandwiches with roast honey ham, mustard mayonnaise and cucumber for the filling. We also had brioche rolls with sophisticated filling of smoked salmon, which was by far my favourite sandwich out of the bunch, and another with chive cream cheese.
Now the top tier was, of course, filled with the best part of the afternoon feast - the cakes. These sweet treats consisted of a rose and pistachio cakes, chocolate orange slices, eclairs and mini trifles. This explosion of flavour was a sweet medley of chocolate and fruit with a beautiful splash of colour to bring life to the stand. Finally, we were on to the last course of buttermilk scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam. I chose to eat a fruit scone and, although they weren’t warm, they were still the perfect texture with a tasty sweetness. It’s fair to say that after all this food I was stuffed. The whole time the staff kept drinks topped up and made sure everyone was happy.
The novelty of this afternoon tea is that you’re on a vintage bus! We had great seats on the top deck of the bus that had a brilliant view of the South Coast, all ready for the guided tour. While we were making our way through the selection of sandwiches and cakes, the bus took us from the seafront past the Royal Crescent and up to Saltdean Lido. From there, we turned back to Brighton Marina and made our way past the pier and other sights including the West Pier and i360. With plenty of interesting facts along the way we eventually were taken through the Grand Avenue towards Brighton Station and the colourful Lanes to the Pavilion. The tour took an hour and a half and really showed you the main spots of the city, all from the comfort of the bus.
The negative side to being on a bus is, of course, sometimes it can be on the bumpy side but fear not there are cup holders to make sure your precious prosecco doesn’t spill! So tightly holding onto my cake and fizz, I saw the sights and admired the view spectacular views of the South Coast and was glad I was inside away from the rain.
Why not check the afternoon tea bus in Brighton out for yourself?