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Monday, 28 September 2015

A terrific day at a lovely little tearoom

Last weekend I was enjoying the sunshine in Southsea, on Hayling Island and on the Isle of Wight.

I was there to see my daughter and her husband who, since the beginning of the summer, have their own tearoom and gift shop.

The tearoom is called Madhatters, and it was so exciting to see it...

It' a quirky little place

with lots of painted furniture

 and lots of painted signs and chalkboards which Lucy specialises in

And there's some lovely little gifts and cards from Charlotte Macy Textiles and Julia Davey Ceramics

And some tasty treats to eat too. At the moment, full English breakfasts, eggs benedict and the like are served until noon, and after that there are paninis, jacket potatoes, salads etc as well as 
 savoury tarts, quiches and soups.

Oh and cakes. Gorgeous  home made cakes with always a gluten free alternative. The orange and almond gluten free cake was full of flavour with just the right texture. I could have also chosen a Victoria sandwich, a rich dark chocolate cake, and another with pecan nuts. I wish I could have tried them all but I'd already polished off a jacket potato, with homemade coleslaw, salad and some chicken on the side.

In the afternoons there are full afternoon teas too which are popular

And now that autumn is making an appearance I understand there will be pop up suppers in the evening too, and there's already been a number of private parties booked.

But what's impressive is the genuinely warm welcome every visitors gets when they come here. One of the new regulars was saying that not only is the food good, it's the friendliness of Lucy, Harry and their staff that make them want to come back. OK, I'm biased, but really, it's true!

It's obvious that Lucy and Harry are loving their new venture....

It's a big step starting your own business....but thrilling too, and I was thrilled to see this sweet little tearoom for the first time.

So , if you're ever on Hayling Island....look them up at
Madhatters Tea Room & Gift Shop
232b Seafront
Hayling Island
PO11 0AU

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