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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 😉

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It’s here, my new shiny motorbike

Ok, we are just back from holiday, and I get a phone call, literally an hour after we walk in the door, it’s Eddie saying my bike is ready to be collected. 

Oh the joy in my voice could have been felt on the moon. Only problem it was 5.00pm on a Tuesday and had no chance of getting to the dealer that night, let alone the next couple of days due to work requirements.

Anyway, I arranged for a pickup first thing this morning at 8.30. As you can imagine, I was like a kid at Christmas last night and could I sleep, NO… Well I departed home at 7.45 with the aim of getting to the garage at 8.30.. 

On arrival, there she was, all shiny and bright, and Eddie had a coffee in my hand before I had even sat down. The boring bit was completed, (the paperwork) then Eddie gave me a quick run round of the bike, advised that the tank was full, shook my hand and bid me safe riding and farewell.

Off I go, slowly does it, this one is more powerful than your last I say to myself. I was in normal riding mode and this baby went like a bat out of hell, well balanced and handled really well, took a bit to get use the quick shift, kept wanting to use the clutch, time I say, time and it will all fall in to place.

Anyway, that it’s for now, more to follow when I have had a few more rides on her.

   
   
Happy and safe riding 😄

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