Sixty tea rooms and two wheels – The Malet Arms

OK, I know what you are thinking! “The Malet Arms” yes its a hostelry of the alcoholic kind and not a tearoom. With such wonderful weather we decided to have a beer and some lunch as an alternative. How did this come about? Well friends of ours have just packed up the two life and decided to move out in to the country. So today we thought we would going an be nosey and have a peek at this county life thing…

I (we) have never really ridden around the Wiltshire country side, so we thought it would be a good idea to day.  The problem with country side and an American made motorcycle, the built in Satnav will not find the small villages. had to rely on visual and a finger in the wind to get there. Consequently, we saw a lot of Wiltshire, but what lovely roads to ride, and little traffic.

The Malet Arms is a small public house in Newton Toney, and I mean small.. its what a village pub should be like. good beer and home grown food.

 

 

 

 

 

The menu was just right, enough to chose a decent lunch and a good selection of beers.  We had traditional scampi and smoked haddock fishcakes.  We were only looking for a sandwich initially, but unfortunately they do not have them on the menu. Anyway, to food selected was hot and very tasty, so no doubt we will be going back.

Overall the day was good, we have now seen our friends new home and met some locals in the pub, tried the food and drank a decent beer (NB: within the legal limits of riding).

I think pubs may be added to our tour on two wheels… but we will still endeavour to get the tearooms in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow we are heading for Sussex to see what we can find, probably a tea room tomorrow and maybe a pub later. Safe riding peps 🙂

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Sixty Tearooms and Two Wheels – Buckler’s Hard

So the journey continues, the weather was absolutely gorgeous, so out she came, the beast that is my Indian Roadmaster ready to ride the roads of Hampshire and in to the New Forest.

I cannot remember the last time I went to Buckler’s Hard, it was probably as a child when we used to sleep under canvas in Hollands Wood.. Even my two children have slept under canvas and in a caravan at the same spot.

Sundays road trip was to Buckler’s Hard, a key place in the History of the Royal Navy, ships of Oak were built here and fought in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. Although HMS Victory is the most famous for Trafalgar it was not built here (it was built in Chatham). However, it is understood that Nelsons favourite Warships was HMS Agamemnon. HMS Euryalus was also built here it was she who took the news of Nelsons Death back to London.

So first stop, The Captains Cabin Tearoom, the menu was OK, but i would say it was a typical tourist tearoom. So we opted for the Admirals Tea and the Captains Tea. One being savoury and the other being a cream tea. The aim as always to have one of each scone…

The savoury tea had two medium to small sized scones, a lump of cheddar and some pickle. The Cream Tea same size sweet scones, a small pot of jam, small pot of clotted cream. The both offered up butter to go with the scones, but I must say they were a bit frugal with the jam and clotted cream 😦 . A pot of tea for two was also served, enough for about two and a bit cups each. The overall price was reasonable at under £10.

From there we proceeded to the museum (£7.50 each) to gain entry to the small but reasonably packed out museum telling the story of Henry Adams (master ship builder) of Buckler’s hard. (The image below is just the shop part, it goes quite a way to the left)

From there we walked down to the river (Beaulieu River) and watched the world go by in their expensive gin palaces and / or sailing yachts. There is also a pub in the grounds and the menu looked good; this is one to go back to.

Overall for a couple of hours of history and a good ride out and back, well worth the visit.

A note for any vehicle, the Forest is limited to 40 mph for good reason, Horses, Donkeys and Cattle roam free and this time of the year is calf and foal session. There is plenty around and they own the roads, so be careful. If you are riding, beware, cow pat on the engine really cooks well and boy does it stink…..

If you have never been, look it up, even just for the drive, the forest is great for wildlife and the views.

Safe riding people 😉

Sixty Tearooms and Two Wheels – Stansted Park Farm Shop

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 😉