Tea-room with a view

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 are immediately transported back to the 1940s.

Vintage style

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. 

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, soup, sausage rolls, or a warm light meal. This season our food has been inspired by the sea, with tasty crab sandwiches.

Just like the rest of our food, our cakes and bakes are all freshly made by our staff and use local produce whenever possible. Inspired by the history of the site, there's Battery Bread Pudding and Camp Coffee Cake, as well as tea soaked fruit cake and date cake with a sweet caramel sauce. You'll also find old favourites such as Victoria sponge and carrot cake . Or why not treat yourself to a traditional cream or savoury tea?

Enjoy a slice of Victoria sandwich
A slice of Victoria Sandwich cut from a larger cake on a glass cake plate
Enjoy a slice of Victoria sandwich

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.