Cafe at The Old Battery, The Needles, National Trust, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

The Needles off the Isle of Wight are a fantastic sight. Last time we visited the Island we took the chair lift down to Alum Bay and then went on a boat trip out to The Needles. Okay so I screamed most of the way down as well as up but it was well worth the views.

I knew there was a bus service out to the end of the headland where The Needles Battery was but I know most people walk there. We got to the end of the road at Alum Bay and it said no vehicles but the National Trust sign gave a number and said ring for Disabled access. Mr C rang and the lady confirmed there was a parking space available. Lots of ramblera and a school trip so we drove down carefully and arrived a few metres before the entrance. We’re in English Heritage but not National Trust this year so we did need to pay for two adults. National Trust and English Heritage do fantastic work and we don’t mind paying to visit places of national and historical interest. (Don’t forget to Gift Aid your entry).

We went straight to the cafe which is only small but had fantastic views of The Needles from above. We could also see over to Dorset and Hampshire!

We’d missed lunch so were hungry and shared a sausage baguette, savoury scone meal with a cheese scone and a cream tea as well. A hot chocolate and a couple of pots of tea and we were sorted. Mr C then went for a look round while I stayed and read my book.
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A lovely little cafe perfect for walkers visiting the Battery. Lots of choice of sandwiches and homemade cakes and I can highly recommend the hot chocolate. If you’re disabled there is parking at the Battery but you need to ring through from by the coach park at Alum Bay.

Mr C in the blustery sunshine outside!
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I have not been asked or paid to make this review. All comments are my own.

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