What have we done so far, since we started the weather has been at its worst and at its best, therefore visits have been limited. We are halfway through May and at last the weather appears to be settling into a norm. As I write this on the day of the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup, the sun is out and their doesn’t seem to be many cars on the road, so we may use this to take a ride out later today and take in another tea shop.
Anyway, what have we achieved so far:
- Lepe Country Park – need to go back and try the rebuild of the centre
- Station Tea Rooms – Burley – excellent
- Breezes – Hillhead – excellent
- Cassandras Cup – Chawton – poor, expensive for what it is…..
- Parade Tea Rooms – Southsea – excellent
- Lulamae’s – Arundel – good
- Arundel Castle – typical historical site fare
- Swanbourne Lodge Tea Rooms – Arundel – never again….
- Waterside Cafe – Arundel – shabby, but tasty food
- Stansted Park Farm – Havant – good
So out of the 10 visited so far, two we would never consider again
Happy Tearoom hunting
Next ride out, Buckler’s Hard, New Forest.
Another glorious day for a bike ride, but just a 30 mile round trip this time. We ventured off to Standsted Park, just the other side of Havant. We have been before but not on two wheels and I haven’t written about it.
On arrival the access had changed and their are more buildings around the garden centre, and the one thing I forgot was “gravel” yes the car park is gravel and this makes me wary when I am riding a bike that is just under 1000lbs in weight without the rider and pillion. It didn’t help that a lot of building works are in place so potholes etc are also present.. However, as you get to the entrance there is a nice new pavement, not sure if its there for bikes, but it suited our needs; so we parked up and walked though to the refreshment area.
Now, not having been for a long time, there is an additional tearoom in the new Stansted Park Farm Shop that is a Kitchen, Deli and Butcher. Everything served is local produce, cakes are home made and the meat etc. is from the local farm.
all sandwiches were freshly made and reasonable price, we had two coffees, a BLT and brownie, it came in under £10 and were very nice.
An alternative to the farm shop is the main pavilion tea rooms in the same grounds, a very popular site and always busy. We have eaten there before, but in this particular challenge is does not count until we arrive on two wheels and use it, that will need to be a quieter time if we want a seat.
Full details of Standsted House and park can be found hereand the images below link through to the pavilion and farm shop tearooms
Happy riding people 😉