Spring, summer what ever you want to call it, has finally arrived, its Bank Holiday and the weather according to forecasters is likely to be hottest on record for the UK May Bank Holiday.
So what do you do, you catch up with the tearoom challenge. Today’s trip took us to West Sussex and the town of Arundel where a magnificent Castle sits and a lot of Tearooms.
Having a pleasant ride in warm weather along the A27, we parked up in the main car park, and head for the first tea shop.
Located on the Arundel High Street, this “little” cafe yes little seemed a little sparse on arrival. However, we where taken aback with the choice on the menu and that all the cakes where homemade… I believe I heard the owner say that the only thing they don’t make is the Teacakes.
For eleven o’clockers we had coffee each and an amazing chocolate cake between us, well I had a third…
If you are in Arundel, try this lovely little tea shop out.
Arundel Castle Restaurant and coffee shop
Next stop was the Castle, having lived in Hampshire for a number of years, we have driven past Arundel, many times, but never made it to the Castle and Grounds, mainly because it is a seasonal visit establishment.
After viewing the Castle and its Keep, we needed refreshment, so not needing a full meal we decided to try the Coffee shop. Coffee was good and they had a good selection of sandwiches and cakes. It is limited in seating, but comfortable. Ideal for a quick and refreshing drink.
From there we walked around the grounds to view the gardens and abbey. Arundel Caste is steeped in History and was built initially in 1067 and has been added to over the years right through to the 18th and 19th Century. The grounds and garden are beautiful and there is plenty of them, so lots of walking.
On completion of the Castle and Grounds, we strolled down the road to Swanbourne Lake and Tearoom, probably a 20 minute walk from the Castle gates.
Swanbourne Lodge Tea Room
After walking around the Castle and grounds and the 20 minute walk to the Lodge, we were a bit peckish. We had been advised that the Lodge was really good, so we were looking forward to having something nice. Well, someone’s else’s good, can and is definitely different from our likings. On arrival at 2.45pm we went to order and was greeted with, sorry we have stopped serving food, we only have tea, coffee and cake now… not even a cream tea. Disappointed and hungry, we opted for tea and cake, well what was left… and I must say, nothing to write home about…
We started walking back to the car park and by the time we got there, we hadn’t felt fulfilled and decided to try one last place as we wanted something savoury. There it was right in front of us and next to the river.
This is another cafe that doesn’t look much, a bit shabby around the edges and is outside seating with veranda cover and parasols. Be warned it is cash only, no technology here… but, there is a cash machine near by. Anyway we both had water, a sausage roll and a bacon, Brie and cranberry sandwich on Brown. Well what a surprise, the sausage roll was nothing special, but tasty. However, the sandwich was delicious, freshly cooked back bacon a good helping of Brie and cranberry and a side salad and the bread was nice thick granary.
What a way to end your day.. A nice waterside cafe in the sunshine, some would call it greasy spoon, but it delivered the best sandwich of the day. I think they need to get technology as well, cash never hits my pockets these days, I always use a card….
So this trip we were out for seven hours, took in a Castle, its grounds and chapel and four tea rooms. Happy Days.
The next instalment will be Bank Holiday Monday, I wonder how many tea rooms we can get in…