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. 😄

Is it OK to be a breakfast snob?

What can you say about the English Breakfast, it’s probably been the staple diet of many;  builders, drivers, salesman and many others who have stopped at road side cafes and other establishments to have varying degrees of the English Breakfast. What does this substantial meal have that attracts us humans  to such a plate full of protein, fat and carbohydrate. Well, it has to be the taste and full feeling as you plow your way through the delights placed before you.

No matter what establishment you frequent, they will have a special name for the breakfast(s) on offer, such as Olympic, Titanic, Kite Surfer, Mighty etc. all in all they  will also have some of the following if not other choices:

Sausage, bacon, black pudding (normally extra), eggs, tomato, beans, mushroom, our US friend Hash Browns (extras) and of course tea and toast with butter, not margarine. 

If you go out for breakfast occasionally as we do in our house, it has to be the full works and we will try various different establishments each time. However, we are running out of choices now and I am finding myself drawn to one particular venue. Why is this you ask, well I think I am becoming or have become a breakfast snob. As much as I enjoy all of the breakfast establishments with their traditional meals, one has started to look better every time I try a new venue. 

Why? It’s down to the composition of the meal and the quality of the sausage, bacon and toast, and they offer a decent coffee.. Yes I prefer coffee with my breakfast and my wife insinuates that I am a coffee snob as well.

In general I have found the use of Cumberland sausage, high grade black pudding and thick granary toast is a must and adds graciously to the flavors swimming around my taste buds. Where as plan old sausages and weak and feeble black pudding just doesn’t do it for me. As I said I still enjoy, but not as much as the higher grade goodies.

There are a number of nice eateries in our local area for breakfast, I am not going to name, but they are around Gosport and Fareham area, the only way to decide is try them yourself.

And then ask the question, “Are you a breakfast snob like me?”

Health warning: Remember, eating lots of this lovely food can be seen as unhealthy. However, I ride a motorbike and 4 wheel vehicle owners are can be unhealthy for me on a daily basis, so eat it when you can, but don’t over do it and become a burden on the health service…….