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Sixty Tearooms and Two Wheels – update

What have we done so far, since we started the weather has been at its worst and at its best, therefore visits have been limited. We are halfway through May and at last the weather appears to be settling into a norm. As I write this on the day of the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup, the sun is out and their doesn’t seem to be many cars on the road, so we may use this to take a ride out later today and take in another tea shop.

Anyway, what have we achieved so far:

  • Lepe Country Park – need to go back and try the rebuild of the centre
  • Station Tea Rooms – Burley – excellent
  • Breezes – Hillhead – excellent
  • Cassandras Cup – Chawton – poor, expensive for what it is…..
  • Parade Tea Rooms – Southsea – excellent
  • Lulamae’s – Arundel – good
  • Arundel Castle – typical historical site fare
  • Swanbourne Lodge Tea Rooms – Arundel – never again….
  • Waterside Cafe – Arundel – shabby, but tasty food
  • Stansted Park Farm – Havant – good

So out of the 10 visited so far, two we would never consider again

Happy Tearoom hunting

Next ride out, Buckler’s Hard, New Forest.



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Sixty Tea Rooms and Two Wheels – Cassandras Cup

It feels such a long time since I last wrote about our adventures and its all because of the weather that the UK has been experiencing since the false start of spring. We have had rain, lots of it, and snow across the whole country. Last weekend was the driest it has been for a while and the sun actually decided to show its face.

With the sun out and the roads dry, it was an opportunity to get the bike out and get back in to the challenge for my 60th year. So initially, we headed towards the “Departure Lounge” in Alton, when we arrived, it felt a bit empty, as it normally teaming with bikes.. just our luck, a private function was underway. So, where to next?

Always have a backup plan, I had found another tea room in the local area , so we headed towards Chawton, the home village of Jane Austin. Directly opposite the Jane Austin museum is “Cassandras Cup” a small tea room in the corner of the village.

First impressions as we sat on a small terrace patio in the sun was that it was quiet and the patrons sat around were enjoying themselves, relaxing in the sun. We browsed the menu and were quite shocked at the prices. So between us we had smoked salmon and cream cheese on brown bread and tuna mayo wrap, they both came with a sprinkling of crisps and salad. We ordered Red Bush Tea, but were told after then order was taken that they had run out… not sure about that one, I wouldn’t say its a popular tea in the English country side, so we ended up with good old Earl Grey.

Food tasted OK, but as I said, it was a tad expensive. Total for the two of us was just under £19.00, that is a lot of money for two sandwiches and a pot of tea for two.

On arriving home I decided to look at trip advisor to see what comments had been made. It was a mixture, some saying the food was good, indifferent or as we found, expensive…. it would appear from reviews that the afternoon tea is the favourite of all items served. However, my favourite statement came from an ex member of staff, not a very happy bunny to say the least.. worth a read, if it is still there, as the owners have not yet removed it from Facebook or Trip advisor..

Well, although we didn’t make it to the intended stop, we found another, like all tea shops out there, they are down to individual taste, on this occasion, I don’t think we will be going back, sorry Cassandra…

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