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Who we are

Based in East Sussex, Rowan merged a lifelong dream of owning a tea shop together with a love of good design and an interest in classic cars and started The Grey Earl.

We are known for serving award winning barista coffee, speciality teas and delicious home baked cakes. We also offer other freshly made food, depending on the event, such as breakfast baps, cheese toasties and soup. We love supporting local producers wherever possible and do all we can to be environmentally friendly.

About the Van

The Grey Earl van is our absolute pride and joy. It’s a beautiful, classic 1956 French Citroen H van, combining iconic lines and just the right amount of surface rust. The van is relatively untouched, it’s suspension is very stiff and there’s no power steering but the cafe inside has been beautifully fitted. It’s our very own treasured piece of history.


Please get in touch with any questions you may have. We’d love to hear from you.

Enquiries for dinner parties, canapé receptions, weddings, picnics or even breakfasts are all very welcome. For these types of events, we partner up with our sister company, Pip & Seed, headed up by Sarah Liesching. She has an exceptional reputation for producing exquisite food for every occasion. Please click HERE to find out more.