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Eating at the Needles Old Battery and New Battery

View out to sea over the Needles from the Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight
The tea-room has views of the Needles Rocks | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Step inside the tea-room at the Needles Old Battery and be inspired by its history. Located in the Port War Signal Station, the Needles Old Battery tea-room offers unrivalled views of the Needles below. Enjoy a selection of refreshing hot drinks plus a menu of seasonal dishes. With every dish you try, you're helping to look after special places like this.

Vintage style tea-room

Constructed in the early 1940s and manned by naval staff throughout the Second World War, the tea-room at the Needles Old Battery was later used as a base for coastguards. To follow in their footsteps, borrow some binoculars whilst you eat and see what you can spot out at sea and around the rocks.

To add to the vintage feel, you’ll find period newspapers rolled up and ready to read, and downstairs in the dog-friendly seating area, you can see the chart mapping D-Day shipping movements.

Lunch with a view

While you tuck into your food, look out of the wide windows and enjoy the best view of the Needles and the Needles lighthouse you’ll find from inside. The tea-room is in the Port War Signal Station, which was specifically built to give the clearest, closest views of shipping in the Solent and around the Needles. Outside, enjoy the warmer weather at one of the picnic tables on the Parade Ground.

A family wearing coats sit at a wooden picnic table, with stone battlements behind them
Find space for a picnic at the Needles Old Battery and New Battery | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Changing menu

We change our menu to reflect the season. We always have a selection of cakes, bakes, cheese scones and fruit scones, along with sandwiches. If you're felling thirsty, we provide teas, including herbal, fairtrade coffee and hot chocolate, along side a selection of cold drinks.

Allergen information

Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Always check when you visit

Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.

Thank you

Every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us to continue looking after places for everyone to enjoy.

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