A tea-room with a view
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The Needles Old Battery has one of the National Trust’s most unusual tea-rooms.
It is situated upstairs in the former Port War Signal Station which was built in the Second World War to monitor ships in the Solent. The wide windows needed for this give spectacular views out to sea. And we even provide binoculars so you can make the most of this vantage point.
Simple home-made food
The menu is in keeping with the Old Battery: simple home-made food for snacks and light lunches. This includes soup, baguettes and sandwiches as well as cakes and ice-cream and of course, hot and cold drinks.
As well as the first floor seating area there are two tables downstairs by the entrance and picnic tables on the Parade Ground.
Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast
One Saturday each June the Old Battery opens very early for a ‘Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast’. Visitors can enjoy a cooked breakfast whilst they watch the yachts go round the Needles rocks (normal admission prices apply). There can be as many as 1,600 competitors making this a truly memorable sight.
A winter walking refuge
The tea-room is also open most winter weekends. As the rest of the Battery is closed admission is free. Where better to stop and rest when walking on the headland?
And when you are in the tea-room don't forget to look for the Met Office's recording equipment.