Tea Rooms and Local Produce Around Basingstoke

Next time you are out with your elderly loved one in north Hampshire, why not enjoy lunch at one of the many friendly tea rooms offering delicious local produce?

Enjoy a great cuppa, or lunch made with fresh local produce, next time you’re out with an elderly loved one in the Basingstoke area. As a Basingstoke based care agency our care professionals know the area well and we’ve found some great tea rooms that we think you will love.

Visiting a local tea room gives your elderly relative the opportunity to get out for an enjoyable, relaxing activity, and for you to spend some quality time together. Taking a simple trip out for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea can be a treat to look forward to.

Surrounded by the beautiful north Hampshire countryside and its historic villages, Basingstoke can offer an abundance of local produce, available through farm shops and some really friendly tea rooms.

Hampshire Deli & Farm Shop, Wolverton

A trip to the Hampshire Deli will take in a lovely drive in the countryside, tempting lunch offerings, and then the opportunity to do some shopping whilst you are there.

The Deli has a lovely tea room, serving incredible sausage rolls, pasties, pies, quiches, scotch eggs, salads and sandwiches to catering for most tastes. In good weather you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine whilst you eat your lunch.

After lunch, browse the shop, which offers a range of fresh vegetables, award-winning charcuterie, a variety of British cheeses cut to your specification, and plenty of other upmarket produce including some fabulous bread boards. There’s even an on-site butcher to enable you to complete your weekly shopping.

The Deli stocks produce from a range of British artisan producers and proudly supports local growers.

Accessibility is good, with gentle slopes replacing any unevenness, and they have an accessible customer toilet.

You will need transport to get here, but with its lovely ambience and jolly decent food it’s well worth a visit

The Hampshire Deli & Farm Shop is located off Ramsdell Road, Wolverton RG26 5RU. Travelling north from Basingstoke on the A339, you turn right onto Ramsdell Road and the turning to the Deli is a short distance on your left hand side.

The Hampshire Deli and Farm Shop

Hillier Garden Centre, Aldermaston

The Hillier Garden Centre in Aldermaston near Tadley is a substantial, well established garden centre, offering a range of plants, pots and garden furniture as well as a great gift department, a food hall and a restaurant.

The Mulberry & Thyme restaurant is large, bright and airy, with a range of tables and seating to suit your needs. The menu has something to offer you at any time of the day, from tasty breakfast options, lunches ranging from lighter dishes such as soups and sandwiches to Sunday roast, and sweet or savoury afternoon tea. Freshly ground coffee or a pot of tea, with very tempting homemade cakes and scones straight from their ovens, are available from 9am to 5pm.

Clean and accessible toilets are available next to the restaurant.

After your refreshments, why not visit the Rosebourne food hall to explore their huge range of produce and products from local suppliers, which includes a selection of convenient, frozen, locally-made ready-meals to heat up at home.

The Hillier Garden Centre is located on Basingstoke Road, just north of Aldermaston, Reading RG7 4LD, telephone 0118 971 2123. Disabled parking is right outside the entrance, and level flooring throughout make this an ideal place to visit for those living with with restricted mobility.

If Aldermaston is not convenient for you, you might like to see our reviews of other garden centres around north Hampshire.

Cake counter at Hillier Garden Centre, Aldermaston

West Green House, near Hartley Wintney

West Green House offers beautiful, tranquil gardens, a tea room and a special plant nursery.

Built around 1720, West Green House is described as one of the prettiest manor houses in England. It is the private home of its owner, so unfortunately most of the house itself is not open to the public. However, the beautiful gardens and tea room are open 11am-4pm from Wednesday to Sunday, plus bank holiday Mondays, during the garden season (early March to late October).

The quaint Courtyard Tea Room is a gem where you can enjoy refreshments indoors or in the courtyard. Its seasonal menu offers freshly prepared light lunches such as sausage roll or vegetarian quiche with salads, wonderful homemade cakes and biscuits, local ice cream, and a selection of teas, coffees, soft drinks and wines. You can also pre-book a picnic hamper, which they set out in a garden seed tray for you to enjoy in the courtyard.

Wander at your leisure around the extensive, beautifully manicured gardens – there’s something to see wherever you look: topiaries, lakes, sculptures, follies…. There are a couple of areas that have steps, but these can be avoided by using alternative gravel paths.

West Green House holds various events and gardening workshops during the year – music under the vines, botanical art, classic car shows, apple weekends etc.  Please check their events page for details and dates. They also have a well-stocked gift shop.

There is an entry fee of £10 per person (free for National Trust members) and car parking is £4, although you can park at the Common and access West Green House via the short gravel driveway right opposite

West Green House is located off Thackham’s Lane, West Green RG27 8JB, between Hook and Hartley Wintney, email: [email protected], telephone: 01252 844611.

West Green House gardens

Taking your elderly friend or loved one out to a café for tea, coffee, cake or a light meal is a great way to spend some quality time together whilst also giving them the opportunity to get out of the house, stretch their legs and do something different. The more we look, the more we find great places to go and we hope we have inspired you to explore a bit.

You might like to build on a successful outing by trying some more of our recommended places to take your elderly loved one for lunch or our favourite spots for a cup of tea. Alternatively, if it is more the gentle stroll that you both enjoy you might like to visit a few picturesque duckponds or, for the more energetic, visit some of the lovely parks and gardens around Basingstoke.

Would your elderly friend or relative like more support to help them continue to live independently in their own home? We could continue your good work by providing companionship at home, help around the house, outings to cafes or similar, or if needed help with their personal care.

For more information about home care by Home Instead Basingstoke please give us a ring on 01256 840 660 or email us on [email protected]