St. Mary’s Tea Room
St. Mary’s Tea Room operates throughout the year in the New Room. It provides a timely “cuppa” but other beverages as well as nourishing snacks, cakes & specialties are available to visitors to the Church, as well those enjoying the open space of Portchester Castle.
Ron is our Tea Room manager, he has experience as a professional chef and baker and has introduced some exciting recipes to our menu. Ron is well known in the church and the wider community and for the past few years has organised the Christmas Day lunch in the Parish Hall where he has inspired good teamwork. His Christian commitment and involvement in St Mary’s ensures that Ron understands that the Tea Room is not simply a commercial venture, but is an outreach ministry of encouragement, pastoral care and hospitality. Ron and the team have been following all COVID-19 guidelines and have received many comments on how well they have adapted to recent changes. We can’t wait for them to grow on the success which has already been achieved by Margaret Andrews, Judy Sherry and the team of volunteers who have been with us for years.
The comments in the visitors’ book indicate the satisfaction experienced by all who visit this local heritage area and underlines the outreach achieved by the band of volunteers who provide their time daily to this venture. It is astonishing to read from where these visitors may have come.
The opening hours are:-
Monday-Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
We are now open for inside and outside seating and offer takeaway service. Please view the calendar for any closures or changes to hours or our Tea Room Facebook page.
This year we have again been recognised by TripAdvisor for our consistent positive reviews with the 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award! Some of our most recent reviews include:
“There is a wide choice of sandwiches , homemade pies and the cakes looked delicious all very reasonably priced. It was a very welcome stop”
“We visited the tea rooms today for the first time since the begining of the year. Absoloutly fantasic. Service from all the staff was amazing. All children were straight away offered a free packed lunch…All homemade and absolutly delicious. They have covid precautions in place which went smothly.”
“The prices are amazingly reasonable! You never feel out of place, visiting alone; there’s always someone to chat to you or to leave you alone if you’d prefer.”
“A lovely place to stop for tea and cake and they had some tasty gluten free cake too!”
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