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 weekend throughout the winter from 11am-3pm and every day of the half-term holidays (10-25 Feb, 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.
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 a traditional favourites such as warming sausage rolls 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. 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 why not try Banoffee cake or sticky gingerbread?
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.