The Crown Inn (01903 742625) Cootham, 15.6km (9.7 miles) into the walk, is a possible early tea stop at weekends in spring and summer, when the proprietor says he “usually stays open all afternoon”: an ideal choice to refresh yourself before climbing on the Downs.
The Riverside Tea Rooms (07765 790 414) www.riversidetearooms.co.uk by Amberley station provide a charming riverside location for tea if you can get there before they close at 5pm daily.
An alternative tea room, slightly off the walk route, and staying open till 5.30pm daily, is the friendly Amberley Village Tea Room (01798 839196) www.amberleyvillagetearoom.co.uk. Details of how to reach this are given in paragraph 111 of the walk directions.
Otherwise, the friendly and atmospheric Bridge Inn (01798 831 619) across the road from the Riverside Tea Rooms and directly adjacent to Amberley station (though on the opposite side of the tracks from the station entrance: you have to go under the road bridge to find it) serves tea and coffee until at least 10.30pm.
For a picnic tea, the fine viewpoint mentioned in paragraph 102 of the directions is ideal.