Waitrose has an Estate here in Hampshire. With a cafe. With a GOOD cafe.
I did not know this fact until a few weeks ago, and I’ve now been twice. In two days. It was that good.
Just past Longstock (near Stockbridge) is the Leckford Estate which is owned and managed by Waitrose. It produces many products sold by Waitrose. You are able to visit a number of parts of the estate, including the Water Gardens (https://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/about_waitrose/our_company/leckford_estate/Longstock_Park_Water_Gardens/Contact_and_visiting_information.html) which is a great little garden with many bridges our little ones loved to explore, a Nursery (https://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/about_waitrose/our_company/leckford_estate/Longstock_Park_Nursery/Contact_and_visiting_information.html) and a farm shop and cafe (https://www.waitrose.com/home/about_waitrose/our_company/leckford_estate/leckford_farm.html).
A little walk around the nursery looking at all the plants was a hit with both little Bella and Nana (find the Kiwi trees….quite amazing when covered in fruit!) and we were all enthralled at watching the tree surgeons cutting down a HUGE old tree that had sadly succumbed to some sort of rot. Then to the cafe to warm up with gorgeous hot chocolates, pancakes and cake (the sell half slices…genius…half the guilt!). The staff are super friendly and helpful, they have gorgeous kid sized hot chocolates (with optional marshmallows!).
We got a gorgeous pesto bread and some cheese to take home from the Farm shop for our lunch.
We may have gone back today for breakfast….and I’m sure I’ll be taking Mr G there pretty soon!
There is plenty of room for buggies so would make a great place to meet up with other mums for a coffee with babies or a lunch with bigger ones (they have a small kids lunch menu).
Take a decent buggy or carrier for a walk down the drive (if the water gardens aren’t open)
There aren’t that many comfy sofa seats, so if the large sofas are free when you walk in GRAB THEM!