Sixty Tearooms on Two Wheels – a little gem

I have now been working in Southampton for 7 years and I commute daily on my motorbike. Over the last few years I have had a regular habit of getting a bacon sandwich on a Friday to set me up for the weekend. Throughout Southampton there are many restaurants of differing cuisine. There are the usual chain of coffee shops and restaurants in the city centre, but if you go north of the city centre around Bedford Place and London Road there are a few more diverse restaurants and tea rooms, and this is about one.

As I ride to work and this is a tearoom by name, I really think it deserves a mention. This tearoom is a gem, its small, but big in stature, the service and food are fantastic, ranging from a little breakfast to a very big breakfast and all manor of different concoctions to suit everyone’s pallet. Then there are the lunches, once again extraordinary and of course the cakes.

In fact, come the weekend, this little gem usually has a queue outside for those seeking the perfect breakfast. I have seen the breakfast and its big. However, my tipple is their bacon sandwich, normally a triple decker on brown or white and filled with lovely back bacon. Three slices of bread are too much for me, so I only have two, but with the same amount of bacon.

The staff are friendly and polite, and I have been going there so long now, I don’t even have to order, they know what I want!

Where is the restaurant, I hear you say? Well, its snuggled between a Bengal Brasserie and a European cuisine restaurant (Enoteca) on Bedford Place, Southampton, and it’s called “Halladay’s Tearooms”.

If you are in Southampton, venture up to Bedford Place, you will not regret it.

Happy riding and enjoy the Tearooms 😊

Sixty Tea Rooms and Two Wheels – Breezes

Here we are second weekend of the challenge, and unfortunately we haven’t made it out on the bike in this glorious but cold weather. Following last weekends adventure I have come down with a cold and chesty cough. Consequently didn’t feel that it would be safe riding with my wife on the back of the bike.

However, couldn’t let this one pass by, as its one of our favourite establishments for tea, coffee, cake, and even breakfast. This one does not count in our challenge, mainly because its within walking distance. I give you Breezes Cafe in Hill Head.


A welcoming and friendly cafe, that is also dog friendly and provides excellent choice of food and drink. I would honestly say that they do the best breakfast I have had out.  They also have a great choice of cake to go with your tea of coffee.

Located in Hill Head its a nice stop off point if you are walking the sea front, you also have the local pub, The Osborne View opposite with views over the Solent and Isle of Wight.

I am not going to say anything else, you have to try it to understand, but if you like breakfast, go for the Kite Surfers, with an extra of black pudding

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…….