Sixty Team Rooms and Two Wheels – The Parade Tearooms

Sunday 22nd April 2018 – after a sunny and damp start to the weekend and a full service on the motorbike, Sunday turned out just right for a quick ride. We had heard that the management team of the 10th Hole in Southsea had taken up new residence on Western Parade in Southsea, namely “The Parade Tearooms” .

We had missed an early start to get there for breakfast, so decided to go about 10.30 and get to Southsea for about 11.00. Parking in Southsea is always difficult even for a motorbike, but luckily as we pulled in to Western Parade a fellow biker was already parked in a full car space and there was enough room for another bike. NB: parking is free for motorbikes.After locking up “my precious” and checking a number of times, we strolled across the common to the Tearooms. On arrival at the door, dare I say it, it was good to see a queue, nothing changed from the last place they managed. We only waited about five minutes before being shown to our table. The Tearooms are great improvement on the 10th Hole in decor and style, the building they are in has been converted and modernised, it is airy and light, tables are well spaced out and comfortable to sit at, they do have some tables and seats outside next to the road, not many, no one was seated there when we arrived, in general all seats are inside the building. Ordering is counter service and food from kitchen is brought to your table. Cakes etc, are ordered and taken from the counter. It should be said that when we arrived the queue at the counter wasn’t too bad.The menu has a vast selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch type food, plenty of cakes to choose from, in fact, may be a too many. IT WAS SO DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE… I like my coffee, that was the only bit I was disappointed with, it needed two shoots rather than one for the Americano, other than that this place a worth a visit if you are in Southsea. My wife was concerned that if we post this, more people would visit and increase our queue time when we go again… I don’t think we have to worry about that, its most likely that those who visit the 10th Hole in a previous life are now going to the Parade Tearooms and the word is spreading about this fantastic watering hole rapidly. 😄

Sixty Tea Rooms and Two Wheels – Cassandras Cup

It feels such a long time since I last wrote about our adventures and its all because of the weather that the UK has been experiencing since the false start of spring. We have had rain, lots of it, and snow across the whole country. Last weekend was the driest it has been for a while and the sun actually decided to show its face.

With the sun out and the roads dry, it was an opportunity to get the bike out and get back in to the challenge for my 60th year. So initially, we headed towards the “Departure Lounge” in Alton, when we arrived, it felt a bit empty, as it normally teaming with bikes.. just our luck, a private function was underway. So, where to next?

Always have a backup plan, I had found another tea room in the local area , so we headed towards Chawton, the home village of Jane Austin. Directly opposite the Jane Austin museum is “Cassandras Cup” a small tea room in the corner of the village.

First impressions as we sat on a small terrace patio in the sun was that it was quiet and the patrons sat around were enjoying themselves, relaxing in the sun. We browsed the menu and were quite shocked at the prices. So between us we had smoked salmon and cream cheese on brown bread and tuna mayo wrap, they both came with a sprinkling of crisps and salad. We ordered Red Bush Tea, but were told after then order was taken that they had run out… not sure about that one, I wouldn’t say its a popular tea in the English country side, so we ended up with good old Earl Grey.

Food tasted OK, but as I said, it was a tad expensive. Total for the two of us was just under £19.00, that is a lot of money for two sandwiches and a pot of tea for two.

On arriving home I decided to look at trip advisor to see what comments had been made. It was a mixture, some saying the food was good, indifferent or as we found, expensive…. it would appear from reviews that the afternoon tea is the favourite of all items served. However, my favourite statement came from an ex member of staff, not a very happy bunny to say the least.. worth a read, if it is still there, as the owners have not yet removed it from Facebook or Trip advisor..

Well, although we didn’t make it to the intended stop, we found another, like all tea shops out there, they are down to individual taste, on this occasion, I don’t think we will be going back, sorry Cassandra…