Needles Battery National Trust tea-room

Needles Battery cream tea

Our tea-room at the Needles Old Battery is a special place to eat lunch and enjoy a cuppa. Not only does it serve tasty homemade food and drinks, but step inside and you're immediately transported back to the 1940s.

Vintage style

Open every day from 10.30am, with last orders taken at 4.30pm, here tea is served in real china cups and period newspapers are rolled up ready for you to read. Downstairs in our dog-friendly seating area, you can use the chart to keep an eye on D-Day shipping movements. But that’s not what makes it really special.

A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach

If you’re not too distracted by all the mouth-watering food on offer, take a look out of the wide windows. The views of the Needles below are incredible and the best you can see from inside. That’s because our tea-room is located in the Port War Signal Station that was specifically built to give the clearest, closest views of shipping in the Solent and around the Needles (PO39 0JH). 

The tea-room is in the Port War Signal Station (left) that looks out over the Needles
The Port War Signal Station with the Needles Rocks in the background
The tea-room is in the Port War Signal Station (left) that looks out over the Needles

Constructed in the early 1940s and manned throughout the Second World War by both male and female naval staff, it was later used as a base for the coastguards. Follow in their footsteps and borrow some binoculars whilst you eat to see what you can spot out at sea and around the rocks.

Eat the seasons

As the seasons change across the Island, so too does our menu. Stop for a light lunch and choose from a range of sandwiches, soups, or a warm meal. Our food has been inspired by the sea and the history of the site, so you'll find tasty tuna and cucumber sandwiches and retro corned beef hash, as well as vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes such as mushroom and vegan cheese roll, vegan lasagna and cauliflower cheese.

Corned beef hash is one of the local dishes at the Needles Battery
Pot of corned beef hash with cabbage on a plate at the Needles Battery
Corned beef hash is one of the local dishes at the Needles Battery

We use local produce wherever possible in our menu. You'll find Isle of Wight milk in our teas and coffees, Island-grown tomatoes in salads and main meals, and creamy ice cream from a local producer. 

Just like the rest of our food, our cakes and bakes are all freshly made by our staff. Our local specials include Battery Bread Pudding and Camp Coffee Cake but you'll also find old favourites such as Victoria sponge and carrot cake. 

Each month we have a 'Scone of the Month' which means there's always something different to try. Or why not treat yourself to a traditional cream or savoury tea?

A slice of Victoria sponge
A slice of Victoria sponge on a plate with a fork
A slice of Victoria sponge

Or if you’ve just worked up a thirst looking around the battery then the tea-room is a great place to sit back, soak up the atmosphere and admire the views whist enjoying a drink. Outside we have picnic tables on the Parade Ground too, so you can enjoy the weather on a sunny day.

For hungry little tummies there are children's lunches with a choice of sandwiches, a carton of juice and a packet of crisps. 

Further up the headland....

After climbing the hill to the Needles New Battery or taking a stroll across the downs, the New Battery kiosk is perfectly placed for a spot of well-earned refreshment. Here you can refuel with pasties and sausage rolls, bacon baps, panini, cooling ice creams and tasty tray bakes. It's open from 11am-4pm each day between March and November.

Scones and tea at the Needles Old Battery tea-room, Isle of Wight

Allergen Information 

We make most of our food in our busy kitchen at the Needles, using a wide range of ingredients. Whilst we do our best, we can’t guarantee that any of our products are totally allergen free. We’d love to help you with your choice by telling you about our ingredients, so please speak to one of our team.