The Breakfast Menu Breakfast reviews from the South Coast and beyond

19May/1114

Teddy’s Tearoom, Shoreham

Teddy's Tearoom [map]
12-14 East St
Shoreham-By-Sea
West Sussex
BN43 5ZE
Tel: 01273 441186

Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs: 09:00 -17:00, Saturdays 08:00-18:00 and Sundays 10:00-18:00

Last Visited: May 2011

"If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.  If you go down to the woods today, you better go in disguise. For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because today's the day the teddy bears have their fry-up!"

Mr Chipolata:

Shoreham has certainly gone up in my estimations recently, even going as far as looking to buy a house here. The quaint high street and the deliciously indulgent Teddy’s have definitely helped raise it above “shoddy sea side alternative” to “country village by the sea” status in my mind.  Hopefully in the coming months we may be locals!

So, under the thinly veiled guise of a house hunting mission, we stopped for a very large breakfast at Teddy's. The menu being the first of the large things (no this will not devolve into innuendo) kept us entertained for the first 15 minutes. A massive selection of breakfasts, lunches and meals-in-between makes for some mouth watering reading before reaching the latter half of the menu devoted entirely to tea. At least 8 double sided pages are full of Earl greys, fruity flavours and aromatic herbal nonsense. Suffice to say it was all a bit too much and I went for a fry-up and a cappuccino.

Holy carp. This is a big breakfast. It sounded big on the page but the mountain of fried bits ‘n bobs led to soft mutterings of jealousy and louder yelps of sorrow. Fried bread was noticed first, being that there was lots of it; granary slices seemingly deep fried to crunchy heaven and not saddled with the drippy greasy feel of a normal fried bread. Top quality sausages that were soft, moist and flavourful and a nice bit of mushroom made up the good side of the plate.

The other ingredients made the grade but weren't anything to shout about; hash browns, bacon, eggs, and tomato. It was noticeable that the hash browns, fried bread and black pudding were all done in the deep fryer together. The black pudding although tasty enough, could have done with a bit of crisping on each side with a frying pan.

So as unfitting of its Teddy bears picnic window dressing, I would probably recommend the fry-up as another perfect hangover cure for those that prefer a bit more quality to their breakfast although I will probably need another once I’ve recovered from the house hunting.

Mr NoEggs:

Despite arriving ten minutes before the rest of the gang, the extra time could not help me wade through the vast breakfast food and tea menu offered by Teddy's.  It in fact takes up the whole pane of glass on the window of the tea rooms.  After avoiding a last minute change of mind I settled on the eggy bread in syrup with bacon and a pot of the loose-leaf Assam/Ceylon blend, 'Irish Breakfast' tea.

Both the breakfast and tea were of the highest quality.  The sweetness of the maple syrup with the thick locally sourced bacon was a perfect complement and the strong flavour of the tea made this a great flavour combination. For some reason I was expecting a lower quality of ingredients, but was pleasantly surprised with the high quality received.

The eggy bread, a dish I've enjoyed since childhood despite my dislike of eggs (go figure!), portion was more than adequate and despite my valiant efforts I had more than I could cope with.  But due to my good negotiation skills I swapped within the group some of my left overs for a taste of fried bread and bite of the amazing homemade pork and leek sausages that the others were enjoying.  The good quality brown wholewheat bread used for the fried bread was a revelation and shows that even the greasiest of items can be elevated to a high standard.  The sausages (also available to buy to take home with you) were as good as any I've tried in my life.  They tasted like stuffing and were full of fresh flavours, meaty goodness and made me wish that I could devour one with my brekkie.

Teddy's is a lovely experience and will suit if you are looking for a hearty meal to start the day, or a cup of tea and a scone.  With a menu so extensive it would take another 100 visits to get through and friendly, a quaint traditional tea room style interior (with lots of homemade goods to buy) and friendly and attentive staff (in contrast to what other Internet reviews have reported) it's worth having your breakfast by the sea.

TeaMilkOneSugar:

TeaMilkOneSugar In Eyes Bigger Than Belly Shocker!!

This morning we headed to Shoreham for our breakfasting pleasure. Less pleasure filled was the 2A bus from Brighton that took the best part of an hour to get there. Hence was starving when walked through the door of Teddy’s, which led to over ambitious ordering.

I opted for the Teddy - 2 eggs, 2 sausage, 2 bacon, black pudding, hash brown, tomato, fried mushroom, fried bread/toast and tea/coffee - choosing scrambled egg, fried bread and tea for my options. Now, on paper that sounds big. In reality it is stupendous in scale. It also dawned on me that it was two rounds of fried bread!! However it was the best fried slice I think I've eaten, deep fried, so dry and crispy, rather than greasy and moist, but this meant I stupidly chose to eat all of it.

As NoEggs states the sausage was fantastic, good meat content and moist, with the subtle flavour of leek and herbs. Bacon was great too. Mushroom was a single portobello sliced in half, and the tomato was grilled. The amount of fried slice did overwhelmed the plate somewhat resulting in any moisture on the plate being outweighed by the bread (my own fault, I shouldn't have eaten it all!) and tactical use of sauce - brown and red - was necessary. Thankfully it was also a nice big pot of tea. Personally I think one less slice of fried bread/toast and maybe some beans would redress the dry/wet equilibrium.

Next time I think I will ask for less fried bread, or do a half and half swapsie with someone who orders toast. Or maybe go for the Teddini which is half a Teddy and still an ample sized breakfast. All in all a cracking good breakfast, well worth trying if you’re in Shoreham. Possibly even worth the 2A bus ride, but I’ll get the train next time.

Portion Size: ★★★★½
Value For Money: ★★★½☆
Service: ★★★½☆
Ingredient Quality: ★★★★½
Overall: ★★★★☆

  • Yvonne Telkamp

    Very lovely tearoom. What a nice interior! We loved it to be there, all the way from the Netherlands. If you visit Shoreham, than do drink your coffee and tea at Teddy’s.
    It’s nearby the old church. We hope they will publish more interior pictures on their site.

  • zippy

    Managed to get to Teddy’s at last after a nice ride down from Frimley in Surrey… It’s a nice little venue; very cosy and also very popular – so we were lucky that a table for two was available as we walked in; the only spare table in fact. We went straight for the Teddy’d breakfast, the large one as described above. You can’t fault the presentation or the quantity… and importantly you can’t fault the quality either. It was ony as I was riding home that I realised that some Heinz baked beans would have been a great addition to this breakfast. I always like beans with my fried breakfast and would have given up a slice of toast for their presence on my plate. (In fact Mr Chipolata had previously advised that the breakfast would be enhanced by beans but I neglected to re-read his comments before I went and therefore forgot his good advice..)I opted for toast by the way; neither of us had the fried bread… that’s just a guilt trip too far. It is one of the more expensive breakfasts so with an additional filter coffee each you don’t see much change from £20. It is a great breakfast though and this is no greasy spoon so it’s worth it. Where to next??!

    • Mr. Chipolata

      Great to see your little breakfast adventure unfolding zippy! Shame you missed the opportunity to add the beans, it really is a brekky thats missing some moisture but its certainly not let down by its other components. One of my favourite places (especially now that I live just round the corner from it!).

      I can’t say I can wholeheartedly recommend anywhere else in the Steyning/Shoreham area but I would probably point you towards Ethels Kitchen in Hove as the next cafe worth a visit, its a bit more upmarket again but they do plate up a mean fry up, even if pork doesn’t appear to be on the menu for one reason or another!

  • ron orman

    I stopped off in shoreham and decided to visit Teddys. My wife ordered a small latte and i ordered a small filter coffee and one piece of banana and walnut cake between us. My filter coffee was definitely NESCAFE. I asked my wife to taste it independently. I complained to the cashier and paid the extortionate sum of £7.35!!!!!! I give Teddys a FULL FIVE THUMBS DOWN.

    • Mr. Chipolata

      Hi Ron,

      I have to say I’m surprised, more so by the fact that you can discern a particular brand of coffee than the extra thumbs you’ve been adorned with.

      We’ve eaten in Teddy’s on numerous occasions and I’ve had the filter coffee myself and while it probably isn’t the greatest coffee in the world there’s nothing wrong with it. For a couple quid per item I’m not sure why you are surprised at the cost, seems about right to me.

      If you’re after more of a bargain, check out the Nice Slice cafe round the corner in Shoreham, not as contemporary but they do some great home made grub.

      Mr Chipolata

  • Popped in to Teddy’s with the hope of finding a hot chocolate with cream to warm my fingers deadened by the sub zero temperatures which were proving too unbearable to contend with whilst waiting 27 minutes for the illusive 2a bus to return me to Brighton. I must add that I have looked high and low for some time now in Brighton and Hove for a hot chocolate good enough to compare to that made legendary in the film ‘Chocolate’. I have no found it. A couple of women on their lunch break I’d collared walking along the high street whilst waiting for the bus told me about Teddy’s and so I ventured in. To say I was delighted with the drink was an understatement. I ordered a contempoary hot chocolate, then whilst sat waiting noticed their board offering ‘Gingerbread’ hot chocolate topped with cream. I changed my order. Suffice it to say, that when the drink arrived in a large Cath Kidson mug and I tasted the cream I was overjoyed. Fresh cream. thick fresh cream, topped with grated milk chocolate and then the drink beneath, My God, was gorgeous. Gingerbread chocolate. No word of a lie the most delicious combination of flavours I have ever encountered. I downed it in five minutes and then in post drink ectsasy was found to be raving at the checkout in Shorehams Co – Op. I am going back. A most definite love. Lovely drink, lovely venue, great menu and friendly staff.

  • Steph

    Thanks to your brilliant, well balanced reviews me and my two boys (32 and 5) had The. Most. Brilliant breakfast this morning!

    Having not visited Shoreham before we had cause to be there early on a Sunday morning and planned a cooked breakfast to ease the 6.30 alarm!

    Teddys was very busy from the getgo but the service was quick and friendly. The food was fab! I don’t usually expect much from a fry up but this was properly brilliant. I now like black pudding which, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear, was crispy!

    Thanks again for this site, it was EXACTLY what I needed last night while trying to do some research.

    Also, my man had a take out cappuccino which he loved

  • Justine

    We always used to go here but lately have found it had gone down hill. Firstly there were a number of teas that were unavailable and then when the food came out there were items missing. Had a rude waitress accusing us of lying. On subsequent visits found similar sub-standard service. It’s a shame as we really used to love going in.

  • Joe

    Was sat in Teddy’s the other day have been to this place many times. the food is amazing and service normally very good however this time round it was extremely poor we arrived there at 10 to 4 and were offered menus we knew we had to decide very quickly as food stops at 4. It had taken 15 – 20mins before someone came to are table and were told that food service had stopped very disappointed and will not be recommending this place again.

  • Jasmine

    I was here on a cold January Friday just after 1pm. I had missed breakfast so was absolutely starving. This led to the over-ambitious ordering! I ordered a mushroom and onion omelette, chips, two pots of tea and a Ferrero Teddys (a big slice of chocolate and hazelnut sponge sandwiched with hazelnut buttercream and yes, Ferrero Rocher chocolates on the top). I am quite choosy about my omelettes as I like them dry as opposed to creamy, my mushrooms juicy seasoned and al dente, and my onions well done as opposed to burnt. The waitress communicated all of this for me to the chef. Sure enough, it arrived exactly as I wanted it. It was also lovingly presented. The chips arrived in a little rustic galvanised silver metal bucket wrapped in vintage newspaper and with onion vinegar and sea salt served with it. With this I had ordered my first pot of tea, the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. I am a great tea enthusiast so for me this little combo of Jasmine, Earl Grey and other floral flavours, black tea leaves with a splash of milk,was just right to wash the omelette down with. Neither do they mind if you ask for more hot water for the pot.
    Wanting to extend the culinary experience, I then went for the Ferrero Teddys cake and another pot of tea, this time, the lovely Lady Felicity, a blend of bright and zingy citrus flavours with black tea. When this arrived, I settled in with my book and got lost in it until 4pm! The place visibly empties at around ten minutes after 2pm so after all the estate agents, builders, property developers and house-spouses had left, I almost had the place to myself. There are lovely vintage wooden tables and chairs in keeping with historic Shoreham, so it was like the place finally returned to its real self with a sigh of relief. The Lady Felicity tea revived and warmed me up for the journey back to Brighton (do not get the 2 or 2A bus back if you are short on time, get the 700, it’s much faster) in fact I was pepped up and bright eyed for the rest of the day. Not only an interesting, pretty tea-room, but a fascinating insight into a very interesting corner of Sussex (try the Marlipins Museum on the High Street for maritime and film history ) there is also a Real Patisserie a few doors down on the corner, for delicious artisan-crafted fresh bread loaves, you can also have coffee and croissants here but Teddys has a unique atmosphere. I’ll be back!

    • Mr. Chipolata

      What a great little review! Thanks for visiting our little corner of the internet and leaving behind such a gem, you’ve made me hungry for a Big Teddy’s breakfast now!

  • Jan Edwards

    I was a regular visitor to Teddy`s a few years ago. Now we live in East Sussex but, I haven’t found another Teddy`s How I miss you.

    xxxxx

  • claudia lopez

    Hi This is an appeal. Christmas is coming and my daughter only wants a thing and is her cat teddy she lost this last summer at Shoreham by Sea. We had lunch at your place and it was delicious. I should have written before but better late than never. It is a ginger cat was already looking a bit scruffy, quiet small it was bought and made in France. It has pink nose and is quiet yellow-cream. Please if you think you have it give me a call. I would come and pick it up or perhaps you could send it via post to us.

    • Mr. Chipolata

      Hi Claudia, this isn’t Teddys own website so they will likely not see your message. You should try and give them a call on +441273 441186 as they don’t seem to have a website or email address I can find. Best of luck finding your daughters cuddly toy. Merry Christmas!