Sixty Tea Rooms on Two Wheels – Uppark House (and a D’Agostino Van)

we are going to have to push this if we are going to make the sixty tearooms by my next birthday; we are going to have to wrap up warm if we move into November for the challenge.

If you have been following my journey to visit sixty tea rooms in my 60th going in to 61st Year, you will have notices that there has been a considerable gap in my progress. Unfortunately, my motorbike has been in a garage for the last 8 weeks have the electrics diagnosed and repaired. I hasten to add that it has not cost me a penny as it was all under warranty. Anyway, its now fixed and we are back on the road.

To celebrate we rode a 70-mile round trip taking in Uppark House and a D’agostino Ice cream on top of Portsdown Hill. (Not sure if the latter counts for this challenge as we were hoping the Silver Bullet Coffee wagon was going to be there, but he is on holiday).

Uppark House is another of the National Trusts treasures out in the wilds of the South Downs, one of the smaller houses, but with plenty of garden, walks and views across the South downs to the coast.  The food is typical NT food, but we always try something different.

On my plate today I had a cheese scone with butter, Isle of Wight Blue Cheese and a homemade chilli chutney, all washed down with their nice coffee. My dearest had cake, it was like a Victoria Sponge, but not your traditional, it had Rhubarb Jam instead of Strawberry, and again washed down with coffee.

We only stayed about an hour, so something to eat and a quick walk around, I was more interested in riding my bike today, not having ridden for quite a while.

From Uppark we went back to the A272 and A32 to Wickham, turning left towards Portsdown Hill in a hope that the coffee wagon was on the roundabout. But no, the next best thing ice cream from Mr D’Agostino, with a chocolate flake.

Well that was it for today, we are going to have to push this if we are going to make the sixty tearooms by my next birthday; we are going to have to wrap up warm if we move into November for the challenge.

Sixty Tea Rooms and Two Wheels – Cornwall Day Three

End of day two saw us enjoying a beer or two and a BBQ, as the night drew in the clouds and the wind came with it. As the skies grew darker, it was time to check the forecast for the next day, and it was not good! Heavy rain showers forecast, and they were going to be with us for the next couple of days.  Over night the wind got up and the rain began to fall, and I mean like stair rods.

Its 8.30 and the wind had died down, but the sky was thick with heavy rain clouds. Command decision was made, move to four wheels for day and are we glad we did, the rain when it did fall during the day was heavy! The trip for the day was going to take us up to Minions (Menyon) village on top of the Moors and then to Lanhydrock House (National Trust).

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Minions Village is located at the edge of Bodmin Moor, but is also the highest village in Cornwall, you could say it also has the two highest tea shops in Cornwall. Minions Village is a mining heritage village that still has the remains of several tin mines surrounding the village. Also local to the area are the Cheesewring (a stacked stone formation) and the Hurlers Circles (three Bronze age circles 1500 BC). The sites provide some fantastic aerial photo opportunities (will be going back with the drone) as well as other photographic opportunities.

Anyway, back to the original challenge regarding tea shops. We decided to go to the Hurlers Halt, there is also the Cheeswring Hotel and Restaurant opposite. Anyway, we strolled in to the Hurlers Halt and took a seat and looked at the menu. A great choice of food and other beverages. Just over our shoulder was a glass cabinet full of very big cakes and they looked delicious.  So, cream tea was of the cards and cake was on.  The owner was friendly and had a great sense of humour as we found out towards to end.  Our friend said after finishing tea and cake “so that’s the sample what are you going to provide for the main deal” he looked at us and said “have you read the bottom of the menu?” in red the following words were written:

WARNING – prices may vary according to the attitude of the customer!!”

Laughing, we paid our bill and left. If you like history and a good cuppa and good food, worth a visit.

Next stop, Lanhydrock House, a National Trust run house and gardens and normally guaranteed to have a good tea room and normally a restaurant. We have always found that the food and beverages in all the National Trust houses are good, so I am not going to say much, but the cream tea was good, but they really need to stop serving the jam and cream in sealed tubs… because you don’t get enough. The house history is fascinating but also tragic, with many members of the family being killed during the Great War. The house has some great artefacts and fabulously decorated rooms. The park and garden are beautiful with a small chapel at the back of the house. A good end to a few days in Cornwall.

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Our final day took us back home the quickest possible route, dodging raining showers and thunder storms. Luckily, we did not encounter them, we skirted around them, plenty of wet roads, but not rain fell on us. Overall we have a good few days and we will be going back and venturing further a field in to deepest darkest Cornwall.