It’s been a tale of 2 tearooms today. We started the day heading north from the South Coast of the Island to Chale Farm Cafe, which on the outside, it has to be said, is not the prettiest of places.
Chale is a a pretty little village, with the blot of a new brick building which houses a Deli and Cafe. The building is ugly and dull, but the landscaped gardens and view towards The Downs is stunning, and on a sunny day, like today, was worth facing away from the building for.
And the food….oh the food….it was totally scrummy! We were filling up with lunch for our walk ahead, so we made sure we ate well. I had a lentil, mushroom and cheese slice, followed by a slice of coffee and walnut cake. The food was fresh, homemade and very tasty.
After lunch was done we departed for our walk. The Hubster had planned a figure of eight walk through Brighstone Forest and over Mottistone Down. The weather was sunny, with a lovely breeze which was the ideal walking weather. The forest was a wonder of different greens and grasses, and fields and fields of purple foxgloves.
The views from Mottistone Downs, where you can see both the South and North of the Island, and beyond are simply breathtaking. It took us around 4 hours to complete our walk, but we did stop and take in the views and sights several times – which is just how a walk should be enjoyed.
After 4 hours and 6 miles of walking up and down some serious hills, we were in need of some sustenance, so off to tearoom number 2 called Seven in Brighstone. It was the exact opposite of our earlier encounter. The tearooms set in the village and their surroundings were charming, the service friendly but although the food was nice it didn’t appear to be home baked. The Hubster and I shared a cream tea, and my Mother in Law had gluten free biscuits.
If both of today’s tearooms could have had their plus points combined we would have had a perfect tearoom day, however, we take the positives where we can, and enjoyed both in their own ways.
Tomorrow the weather forecast is sadly not so kind to us, but the plan is to walk from Bonchurch to Shanklin and then hopefully a trip to Carisbrooke Castle in the afternoon………well, thats the plan!