New Forest Cream Tea

Hi everyone!  It feels like I haven't written on this blog for an eternity, all due to the chaos of life like moving house etc. etc!  However, after a while I realised I needed to take some time out and so my Husband and I decided to stop off for a cream tea in the New Forest on the way to visiting our family there.  We decided to stop at a tea rooms we know well; The Old Station Tea Rooms in Homsley, Burley as it's on a good route for us.

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There's lots of history to these tea rooms and they've kept a lot of this historic charm by keeping an old train station look and theme.  Their website has a good history page for more info and tells us:

"June 1st 1847 saw the opening of the station at Holmsley. It was located where the line met the A35, the main route from Christchurch to Southampton, and referred to (until 1894) as Christchurch Road."

I love being able to sit outside at Cafes and a hot cup of black tea was plenty to keep warm on this lovely Autumn day.  They do have a nice indoor tea rooms as well, but I like the relaxed atmosphere outside with dog walkers stopping by.

I  was thrilled to see that I could order a gluten-free scone and choose soya milk with my tea, due to my intolerances.  I always feel a bit picky with all these dietary requests but I also hate it when I enjoy nice food, only to feel ropey afterwards!

I actually ended up eating two scones in the end as they were quite a bit smaller than the standard non-gluten free scones.  Oh well, it's good to treat yourself!

On the way back from our visit, we stopped at Mudeford Quay to see a glimpse of the water and a lovely sunset.  We grew up in the New Forest and do miss the forest and the Solent sometimes, but luckily it's not too far away to enjoy trips like this :-)


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