Review: Alice Holt, Farnham
Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke
Farley Mount – Winchester
- No toilet facilities
- Free parking
- Has an excellent outdoor area for toddlers
- Farm shop on the way in from Winchester or Waitrose nearby for picnic bits
- Path’s aren’t distinct but are fairly pushchair friendly
- See my review of Farley Mount from 2013
Basingstoke Canal – Odiham
- Castle remains are pretty cool although you can no longer picnic inside it, have to sit outside
- Path can be quite thin in place but still should still be able to use with an off road buggy.
Frensham Little Pond/Great Pond – Near Farnham
Fleet Pond – Fleet
- Tiny sandy beach
- picnic benches
- jetty’s for feeding the ducks
- entry road in is a bit hair raising!
Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Horndean
Staunton Country Park – Havant
Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton
Aldermaston Common – On the road from Basingstoke to Newbury
- Several Car Parks around the common
Hook Common – Just off Junction 5 of M3
- Has big red cows with big horns wandering around and often horses grazing, so if have dogs need to keep control of them.
Yateley Common Country Park – Nr Yately
Newbury Race Course/Watership Down – near Kingsclere, RG28 7NJ
Medstead Forest – Near to Alton
- Lovely in spring time when the Bluebells are out
Danebury Iron Age Hillfort – Near Andover
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BCOT Restaurant – Brook Vale
- Have menus available by trainee chef’s
- Think you have to book in advance
Chineham Village Hall – Chineham
- Unfortunately you need to be a member to eat here
- If you are a member the food is VERY reasonably priced and normally excellent quality
The Dome Cafe Project – Brighton Hill
- I hear great things about this place and it’s on my list of places to visit in 2014
Trawlerman (fish and chips) – Chineham
- Open from 10am until 8pm on Mon and Sat and until 9pm Tues to Fri evenings
- Closed on Mondays
Oliver’s fish and chips – Old Basing
- Has takeaway or restaurant option
- Cafe recently been refurnished
Dayers – Chineham Business Park – Chineham
- Not open in the evenings so can’t really be classified as a place to go for dinner but they do have reasonably priced meals
- Waits for food at lunchtime can be very long
- Staff normally very friendly
Oakridge Hall for All Cafe – Oakridge
- A NHM reader has recommended the Cafe here.
- You can ring in advance with your order so it’s ready for when you arrive.
Mr Munch – Town Centre
Wimpey – Town Centre
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