Enjoy the perfect cuppa the next time you’re out with a senior; drop by some of our favourite places in East Hampshire to grab a cup of tea and slice of cake!
East Hampshire is a beautiful rural area in the South of England. With its picture perfect villages and small market towns, East Hampshire is filled with beautiful historical sites and is host to many heritage sites in the South Downs National Park countryside. Filled with so much history, East Hampshire and its small villages are a beautiful yet interesting place to take your loved ones and guests.
If you want to treat your loved ones to a traditional afternoon tea, why not hit the idyllic village of Chawton and visit the Cassandrascup Tearooms. Independently owned and run by Simon and Norma – Landlords of Chawtons local pub Greyfriar, Cassandras cup not only provides a great choice of traditional afternoon teas, homemade cakes and scones, they focus on local and Spanish produce – as Norma is from Galicia. Cassandrascup also provides light snacks, hearty home-cooked meals as well as hosting a pre-booked Spanish night!
As well as teas and lunches, you can also find inside a village shop, selling a range of basic items as well as providing fresh meat, fish, and fruit and vegetables all available for next day collection. Cassandrascup now provides online ordering from the comfort of your own home! Find the tea room on Winchester Road in Chawton, opposite Jane Austen’s House Museum – another beautiful historical place to visit on your day out!
Another independently owned tea room within in East Hampshire is the Tiffin Tea Room situated in the beautiful Georgian Town of Alresford. With a brew to suit everyone, Tiffin Tea room serves the local community over 40 different types of loose leaf tea as well as home baked cakes with locally sourced ingredients.
Tiffins Tea Room has been lovingly run by Sharon & Chris for 13 years who have been serving tea and coffee to the people of Alresford for 30 years in total, with Tiffin Tea Room winning many awards over the past 11 years, including: The Tea Guilds Award of Excellence and the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence.
As well as traditional afternoon tea, Tiffin Tea Room also serves a variety of food, inclusive of toasted sandwiches and paninis, lunch specials and a children’s menu as well as a confectionary and chocolate shop! As a traditional, friendly tea room, Tiffin Tea Room is the perfect place to visit and indulge in your favourites!
As well as the teas and coffees, the town of Alresford has many good reasons to visit too! If you’re looking for something to please the eye, Alresford is the perfect place for strolling – The Fulling Mill and riverside walk, St. Johns Parish Church, the Millennium trail and the old Alresford pond to name a few, but don’t forget to visit the Watercress Line steam railway that runs from Alresford to Alton through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.
A beautiful family run business that incorporates a fabulous tearoom – offering delicious breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon teas – with boutique style shopping is the Chocolate Frog Company, based in the military town of Bordon.
Not only does the Chocolate Frog Company feature beautiful scenery in a rural setting, with a great Tearoom, the complex also features other great small businesses, including Just Ceramics Pottery Painting Studio – a wonderful place to spend a few hours with your loved ones.
At the Chocolate frog, there is a gift for everyone in the shopping barns and seating is plentiful both in the café and out on in the gardens, meaning there’s always somewhere comfortable to sit throughout the year. Find it in Oakhanger, Bordon.
For another wonderful tea room option packed with history, White’s Café is located at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens. A beautifully restored country venue, the museum dedicated to Gilbert White is located in the attractive village of Selbourne. Gilbert White’s House, was home to the late 18th Century literary naturalist who transformed the way we look at the natural world. White’s Café features a range of breakfast items, sandwiches and afternoon tea providing fresh fruit and vegetables, local free range eggs, local meat, Hampshire cheeses, fresh bread, homemade meals, deli items, homemade ice cream and White’s famous Sausage Rolls.
As well as providing its visitors with a very welcoming Café, This wonderful heritage site plays host to his historical home with rooms that have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence – the Brewhouse – opened in 1765, now running as a Nano Brewery providing craft beer and lager to the local community – and magnificent Gardens to for you to explore.
Find it located off the high street, Parking is available at the village car park behind the Selborne Arms. To reach the House and Museum once parked, turn left on leaving the car park and walk along the High Street.
Located in the picturesque market village of Botley – on the upper banks of the river Hamble in Hampshire – Mrs Potts is situated by the historic Botley Mills Tunnel. This small yet quirky little café has a unique location, offering seating by the river. Emma, the owner of Mrs Potts, prepares all the food in the small tea hut, where she also uses the space to support other local businesses. All the cakes and sweet treats are homemade by Emma, finding this a peaceful spot to enjoy the wildlife whilst indulging in a slice of homemade cake. Emma opens from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 4pm.
Small and hidden in the Old Mill, Find Mrs Potts by walking through the tunnel at Botley Mill and you will find them in the green hut on the left by the river.
Whether you’re looking for a light meal in between other activities or you want to make it the whole focus of the trip, nothing beats a nice cup of tea. East Hampshire has many different places where you can go to find one, some classic and traditional and others historical and educational. Whatever your tastes, there’s something that’ll suit you.
Do you want to find out about the benefits of senior home care in East Hampshire or the surrounding villages? Give our team a call if you’d like to know more.