It is treasured indeed
16 reviews of metrodeco in English
My new favourite place in Brighton! Fabulous service, delicious cream teas and lovely surroundings. I went here for the first time on Saturday with my boyfriend and we both loved it. The only downside is that I wish I’d had room to sample more from the menu as it all looked amazing. I’ll be going back as soon as I next visit Brighton.
UPDATE: Have been here a couple more times when visiting Brighton and most recently had a toasted sandwich plus a cream tea (no room for cake but maybe next time). Absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced. Some people have said that service is a bit slow and I can see why, but we were happier to be somewhere we weren’t rushed in and rushed out (makes a nice change from some tea rooms I have been to). The staff have been nothing less than lovely whenever I’ve visited – can’t wait to go here again!
This is absolutely my favourite place in all of Kemptown. The decor is fantastic as they are also an antique store and the cakes and teas are delicious. I recommend the Pink Pride, it’s made with rose petals and the aroma is amazing!
Super charming and friendly Tea Rooms in Brighton. The decoration is certainly interesting, quirky art-deco furniture and kitsch pieces, some of which are for sale (there were two strange armchairs in black and silver with prints of dogs that had price tags hanging from them). There is a furniture showroom in the basement too.
Food was very nice, and so was the service. The older lady there seemed to know every single customer there, as she greeted many of them with kisses and hugs, asking how everything was and so on. The place must be good if customers are that loyal, I guess. Prices are also quite good, although I live in London, so I cannot tell with respect to Brighton standars. Teas were slightly more expensive but at least the one I had (peppermint and spearmint, £2.40 per teapot) was really good.
Service just a bit slower than I’m used to, but I suppose you don’t come to a Tea Rooms like this in a rush. And they were very friendly. I had read before about places in Brighton being “dog-friendly”, but I didn’t quite understand what they meant until I came here. Several of the customers brought their dogs with them, and a couple even got a dog plate full of water for theirs! It was fun seeing the thirsty dog drinking water from a kitsch plate (in the same style of the decoration) under the seats while the owners drank their teas. I’ve only seen something like that in Austria before, where people were super fond of dogs.
To sum up, a lovely place to come if you are in Brighton, and very appreciated by locals as I could see.
The essence of Brighton! It's so friendly that you feel like you've known the owners for ever, and they welcome dogs with open arms and lovely hand-baked treats.
I live in Brighton, but when I couldn't get to Kemp Town for a cup of Deliciously Decadent (fruit and flower infusion, and the prettiest tea on the planet) I went online and ordered a couple of packets, which arrived the following day.
Some of the furniture is a teeny bit uncomfortable, but everything looks soooo good, who cares?
Oh how I miss Metro Deco! I used to live around the corner & be a regular coffee drinker & cake guzzler!
The rhubarb and ginger cake is one of the best ever & the affable chit chat with the owners Maggie & Helen adds to the charm of a real jewel of a place. Before Metro Deco was there, there was no sense of community or place to go to have a good old fashioned cup of tea & a chat!
Miss you guys & I hope you are all doing a roaring trade in lovely yummy cheese toasties & meltingly good cakes!
What was the lasting impression that I boarded the train back home with? Was it the lingering taste of the delicious variety of green, blended and unique bespoke teas sampled in a scenario that positively encouraged loud slurping? Or was it the fading memories of the perfectly moist, scrumptious selection of homemade cakes (including my first hit of parsnip)? Or was it the charismatic setting of the upstairs tea room - and its friendly, helpful and informative staff - atop a cellar brimming with both fine and quirky pieces of vintage furniture, accessories and bits and bobs all up for sale?
Well, truth be told, it was all of those, but mainly I was blown away by the heart-warming, hospitable welcome we were treated to by Maggie, Helen and William all were, best exemplified by their trust in me to send a cheque at a later date for the array of good I purchased and stuffed in my bag, such as my nifty tea pot and some jasmine pearls tea, before I discovered that they don't take cards.
You know when people criticise hotels with the hackneyed "I wouldn't board my dog here" quip; I'm considering shelling out for a new four-legged friend just to see his happy, hairy face when I bring him to Metrodeco. Sadly, I haven't had a dog for years, due to a traumatic parting of the ways with my Golden Labrador Sam when I was seven years old, but after a bit of therapy me and Sam 2 will be straight down here perusing the dog menu and planning his canine birthday celebrations whilst knocking back a cuppa or two of their finest.
With their eye-catching art deco pieces and their towering selection of teas, I would say that Metrodeco is right up my street. But sadly, maybe because I'm a Londoner, it's a good hour or two away. Brightonians, please treasure it.
Utterly charming little place, especially if seeking a change from the all-too-common Brightonian pursuits of drinking yourself comatose, and certainly more relaxed than a Starbucks-style espresso-induced caffeine frenzy. Spread over two floors, it's an idiosyncratic mixture of art deco antique shop (replete with 20s/30s era statues, lighting, furniture and even an old wind-up gramophone, nearly all for sale at and covering a good spread of price-ranges) and teashop/cafe, it is pleasant enough even if not furniture-shopping - after all, a cup of fine tea in an authentic period setting conjuring up images of a bygone and more carefree age could not be more welcome in times like these.
The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful - at Qype's tea-tasting event last night, I learnt more about tea than I ever thought there was to know (and found it surprisingly interesting) and sampled a wide - and exceedingly refreshing - selection of teas, all brewed fresh and served, of course, in period-style china set upon between-the-wars furnishings. There are a vast array of brews to choose from. The establishment has its own expert tea buyer and blender and many of its concoctions are unique, from the relatively standard (Earl Grey for example, although even that has a slightly novel twist, being subtly more citrussy than the norm, or Lapsang Souchon if you prefer things smoky, and many others) to some quite unique mixtures involving such unexpected ingredients as aniseed, chilli or vanilla (not all in the same pot, obviously).
There are even ice-chilled teas containing a healthy dash of - ahem - vodka or rum, for special pre-booked occasions, if you're in the mood. Or maybe to put you in the mood... They are doing a Valentine's special, for example - perhaps worth taking note of if your other half is a little more discerning and tricky to impress than the "red rose & box of milk tray" hoi polloi.
A helpful menu explains the basic ingredients and differences, breaking the teas down into sections (black teas, white teas, infusions and specialities) and giving a guide to the various blends' constituent flavours and aromas. Staff will talk you through it if you wish of course.
It is not all tea, strictly speaking, as options include herbal infusions using, for instance, roobios, mint and a wide range of herbs and flowers. So if you fancy something a little more detoxifying and caffeine-free, the choice is there. And as we learnt last night, tasting tea is an art as almost as subtle and refined as tasting wine; take your time, savour the top-notes and delicate, more hidden flavours in the background. It's worth noting that all the blends are also available to buy to take home, so you can pick your favourite and enjoy at leisure.
The shop also caters for events (birthdays, hen parties and so on) and, with prior arrangement, a liquor licence can be obtained for these. A service is also to be offered whereby staff will come to your venue, be it house or hotel, and serve tea, sanwiches, cake and so on in period garb, lending any event a genuinely warm old-world charm.
There's a small but very respectable menu too. As well as the exceptional range of cakes (as well as a specialist tea-blender, they've a specialist cake-maker, and we sampled everything from chocolate brownies to parsnip cake - much, much tastier than it sounds; I recommend it, bloomin' lovely with a cuppa, so it is) there is a breakfast and lunch menu with soups, salad, sandwiches and such like, as well as arguably the best scones and clotted cream you'll get this side of Devon.
The furnishings, paintings and artefacts are simply lovely to browse, and probably lovely to buy, if you're in the market for such things (my current budget precludes such indulgences, but don't let that put YOU off, of course).
Handily situated near the heart of Kemptown village, it's an oddly exotic yet relaxed place to unwind after a bit of shopping or beach-combing, or you could of course make it a destination all of its own. Tea is, as we learnt, something to linger over, not wolf down as you hurry to work. So go on, treat yourself to a bit of old-style decadence.
Price-wise, a pot of tea (two cups) comes in at about two and a half quid, so less than a pint and considerably less intoxicating. Well, apart from the vodka-infused tea, obviously. Sandwiches and soups are in the £3-£4 bracket on the whole, all very reasonable considering the sumptuous surrounds and atmosphere (for travelling back in time 80 years, it's a helluva lot cheaper than a trip in the Tardis).
So pop in for a browse, stay for a brew. You'll be glad you did.
Decadent, doggie-friendly Parisian-style tea salon in Brighton's quirky Kemptown area.
I attended a soirée here for my second outing with other Qypers. Unusually, I prefer squash, water and soft drinks (and, let's be honest, wine) to hot drinks such as tea or coffee, but having passed by this cafe-cum-furniture shop several times and been in awe of the decor, I decided I was definitely up for sampling some Shades of Grey (name given to a light and zesty take on Earl Grey with a hint of rose) and some Liberty Spirit (a detox blend featuring a multitude of herbs). I already felt won over by the care and attention given to naming the drinks before I had even slurped them (the correct way to try them to feel the full flavour bursting on your tongue).
The extensive and enticing tea list has something to suit all taste buds, beautifully complemented by a range of melt-in-the-mouth cakes and pastries (of which I tried many. Ok, all.) And the art deco chair you're relaxing in? You can buy that and take it home with you, as well as a bag of your favourite blend if you please. The showroom downstairs is well worth a browse if you're looking for a unique, vintage item to bring a touch of retro elegance to your home.
The staff were entertaining, passionate but not pushy, knowledgeable and attentive. They informed me that as well as serving a range of speciality blends (the consumption of which I can see being a relaxing, well-earnt treat after a long day's shopping in Brighton) they also offer their premises as a venue for everything from business meetings to hen parties. Customer's pets aren't overlooked either; canine treats are available and even a cake for your pooch's birthday can be created.
Magical little place offering plenty of opportunity to awaken the taste buds by sight (the furniture), sound (soft jazz in the background), smell (the aromas from both food and drink) and of course taste. A big thumbs up.
A swoon-inducing 1930s tea salon dishing up loose-leaf teas a-go-go in an opulent art deco setting, Metrodeco is a Kemptown gem.
Having been lucky enough to wangle my way into last night's Qype tea-tasting event, consider me well and truly converted. The setting is gorgeous, like being in a decadent speakeasy or a parlour room on the Titanic - only the food and drink on offer here is far tastier than a certain DiCaprio.
After a run-through of the epic list of teas on offers, including their own original blends, we had the opportunity of supping a selection of them, brewed in tiny metal teapots and served in beautiful china crockery.
Highlights included Salome Kick, a rooibos infusion that tasted of aniseed, as well as Terracotta Sunburst; this wasn't one of the teas we tasted during the evening, but after whiffing its vanilla, rhubarb and custard flavours from the glass jar, I was convinced enough to invest in a packet from the Metrodeco take-home range.
In the downstairs showroom, while listening to a vintage 1930s gramaphone, we indulged in even more sweet treats: scones with jam and clotted cream, and the truly amazing parnsip cake. I'll be dreaming about that cream cheese frosting for weeks...
Also available at Metrodeco's special events are their teacup cocktails: fruity tea infusions with added vodka or other spirits served in teacups for that authentic speakeasy atmosphere.
The true highlight of Metrodeco, though, is the staff. Their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge is clear for all to see, and they were wonderful, friendly and informative from start to finish.
Now, who do I have to bribe to convince them they need one nearer to me?
A wonderful cafe experience. It feels like a Parisian Cafe in the 1930s! The aroma of the range of teas hits you as soon as you enter. Sitting here among the antique armchairs and chandellers is decadence itself! Friendly staff and dog friendly too. I love to spend an afternoon here with friends.
I cannot believe what am I reading. I visited the cafe today, the tables were not clean, my tea had a funny peppermint taste, there was no soup and the knives and forks were dirty. Quirky yes but standards poor. One member of staff who went off to talk to her mate in the middle of making our sandwiches. Bit of a shambles I would say.
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Metrodeco, 27 January 2011:
We're really sorry you didn't have a good time at Metrodeco and the staff weren't fully attentive. We are also concerned about your comments about the tables and cutlery not being clean as we pride ourselves in good presentation. We can only apologise and promise you this is not the norm and is far below what we expect. This simply isn't good enough and doesn't come up to the standards we set at Metrodeco.
I hope you will accept, as a gesture of goodwill and apology, a free soup with crusty bread and pot of tea when you are able to come again.
Metrodeco Tea Salon
MontgomerySellors, 25 June 2011:
Vultures. That's what I think of estate agents.
I remember when this property was a large, robust and filtered family rehabilitation centre, in addition to hosting various poker nights. Now it is full of rogue scarlet pimpernel impersonators like ka39326.
You, and the staff of 'Metrodeco' (the name being the most ironic piece of the Rubik's cube). Do not offer the lady tea and soup. We are not the residents of Noble Amusements. Give something better to the people of the world.
As a lifelong lover of tea (I probably drink at least fifteen cups a day), I cannot believe that I only went to Metrodeco for the first time on Friday. This place is absolutely delightful and is exactly what I’d like to think a 1930s style tea room should look like. Tea is served in proper china tea cups with saucers, the teaspoons are real silver and the sugar on each table is displayed in glass champagne saucers.
For any discerning tea drinker in Brighton, Metrodeco is an absolute must visit. Their tea menu is fabulous, with each tea beautifully described. I opted for the ‘Shades of Grey’ which is their unique, exclusive Earl Grey blend and ended up buying a bag to take home with me because it was so good.
It’s well worth my trek from Fiveways to Kemp Town, especially on a gorgeous sunny day when the huge windows and light, airy decor make it a gorgeous place to be. You can almost believe you’ve gone back in time, albeit to several different places at once – the black wooden floor, mismatched tables and chairs ranging from pretty pastels to gold gilt leopard print to retro seventies-style black glass really shouldn’t work so perfectly together, but they do.
The best thing though? Well, the two best things. Firstly, this place is also an antique shop – pretty much everything is for sale. If I’d had £900 to spend on a life-sized dog statue, I probably would have done. Secondly, they sell absolutely delicious gluten-free cakes. Combining everything I’ve just described, along with the wonderfully friendly and engaging owners Maggie and Helen, I reckon this is my new favourite place to be in Brighton.
Spent a morning waiting for a late client at Metrodeco recently. So glad he was late so i could chill out in the ambience and be transported back to 1920's Art Deco glamour and dream of being Gloria Swanson for a short while.
I have to say my tea was absolutely the best cup of Earl Grey i have ever had. The food was fresh, homemade, so delicious and the presentation beautiful. And the amazing collection of Art Deco furniture was to die for!
Best of all is the tea selection which is very extensive. We definitely overstayed our welcome but never felt rushed. The staff were very friendly and we found ourselves feeling as though we are at a friends house for afternoon tea. Just delightful! Highly recommended.
Describing itself as "Brighton's only 1930s Parisian-style tea salon." Metrodeco is a one-of-a-kind.
I doubt it is anything like a 1930s Parisian Tea Salon, but I am happy to go with the in the idea, after all I wasn't around in Paris in 1930. The menu is so-so and there are lots of teas - which are wasted on me because I only ever drink Early Grey (with a lemon).
But don't let the faux-parisian theme and mediocre menu distract you from your reason for visiting. Metrodeco is opulent, lush and makes me feel decadently indecent. It was an antique shop before it was a cafe, and it still sells furniture, so if you become attached to the gilded leopard print throne you are spilling crumbs on then you can but it to take home with you.
MontgomerySellors, 25 June 2011:
You are incorrect Harty. It was formerly a large family rehabilitation centre. Formerly known as 'The Kidz R Kool'.
MontgomerySellors, 25 June 2011:
Typo; Early Grey.
Other than that I give my full backing to your review.
I could have sworn I saw you in Paris in the 1930's.
MontgomerySellors, 25 June 2011:
That was a joke by the way.
My therapist has encouraged me to engage in this activity.
MontgomerySellors, 25 June 2011:
That was a joke by the way, I don't have a therapist. Unless you count my uncle.
Metrodeco is the new place to be in Kemptown. The venue started life as an antique furniture store before some genius decided to turn one floor into a tea room.
The cafe itself is full of luxurious gold furniture and art deco bits and bobs, some of which are for sale. They have a variety of posh teas and cakes on offer and attract a allsorts of Kemptown locals. One (ex-Squeeze singer) local even did a afternoon performance for patrons!
Its deffo worth a mission up to if you don’t live near by and its seconds from the seafront.
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