Winter food at The Needles Old Battery
After a brisk winter walk on a frosty morning, the cosy surroundings of the Needles Old Battery tea-room offer a welcome retreat. With the inviting aromas of freshly brewed coffee and hot soup, and the sounds of the 1940s, you can sit and look out over the iconic Needles lighthouse as you enjoy a warming bite. And with every dish you try, you're helping to look after special places like this.
Come into the warm
Open each Thursday to Sunday, as well as everyday from 17 February until 1 March (11am-3pm), you’ll find warming food that’s perfect for refuelling after a long walk over Tennyson Down on a crisp winter’s day. With dramatic views across the Solent, you can see the waves crash against the rocks and watch the ever changing winter light play across the waters as you tuck in to a hot and tasty lunch. Our downstairs seating area is dog friendly too, so no matter how many legs you have, everybody's welcome.
Something for lunch
Our dishes are all freshly prepared and filled with seasonal goodness. Some of our light lunches and sandwiches reflect the coastal location of the Battery, or the produce available at the time of year, but we also have traditional favourites such as warming sausage rolls or panini served with a side garnish.
If you're feeling thirsty, we provide teas, including herbal, fairtrade coffee and hot chocolate, alongside a selection of cold drinks.
Just for winter
We change our menu seasonally and use local produce where possible. Whilst we always have a selection of cakes, bread pudding, cheese scones and fruit scones, during the winter months our chef introduces different recipes ready for the new season, which means there's always something different to try. This winter we've a zesty orange and lemon sponge filled with tasty lemon curd and buttercream, as well as favourites such as our very own take on coffee cake - a 'Battery Camp' coffe cake.
Special food for special diets
We like to make sure that everybody can enjoy a treat so we've vegetarian dishes such as cauliflower cheese made with tasty cheddar, and for little tummies special kids lunches with a choice of sandwiches, a carton of juice and a packet of crisps.
Our cream tea was recently awarded 5 stars in an online blog. The moist fruit scone is packed full of sultanas and served with jam and clotted cream. Why not also try our savoury tea with a cheese scone, cheese and pickle? You can ask for the cheese scone warm - it's delicious, and a truly indulgent way to warm up on a winter’s day.