Sydney, undefined, Australia
July 27, 2004
In one of the drawing rooms facing the garden is a wonderful old English tearoom complete with faded wallpaper and little round tables with tablecloths. The tearoom was very reasonably priced for tourist haunts. One can have the full English tea consisting of cucumber sandwiches (which being Australian I always thought were straight cucumber but received a pleasant surprise to find they were smoked salmon and cucumber), scones and jam and cream and a pot of tea in a china pot and fine cup and saucer. The kids had ham and chicken sandwiches, which were also excellent. The food was fresh, made once you had ordered and nicely presented. This was much appreciated by our group who were a little sick of the overpriced, prepackaged and often soggy sandwiches that were available at most other major tourist sites.
Brighton itself is a bustling and crowded town. If, like us you are not staying in Brighton make sure you arrive early, drive to the Pavilion and then follow the sign to the nearest parking station. We arrived just after 10am and although we got a park the signs to some parking stations were already showing full and the streets surrounding it were restricted time limited parking. So plan your day and arrive in time to make life less of a hassle even if you go for a stroll before the Pavilion opens, you are right in the centre of town anyway.
From journal England & Scotland in the off season