Sitting on the banks of the River Test, the market town of Romsey features a myriad of independent shops, cafes and restaurants that all congregate around Romsey Abbey - the largest parish church in Hampshire. Romsey is also host to a Farmers Market on the first of every month, time your visit for a wonderful selection of locally grown goods and produce.
Here are a few of our top picks for a day out on your own, with friends, loved ones or with the family!
1. Explore the Abbey
Very much the heart of the town, the Romsey Abbey dates back to 907 AD and is an imposing sight to behold with its soaring Norman arches and immaculate stained glass windows. The Abbey is also host to an expansive musical programme each year.
2. Visit King John's House
Learn more about the Abbey at King John’s House. A museum housed in Medieval, Tudor and Victorian buildings, and surrounded by a gorgeous period-style garden.
While you’re there, enjoy afternoon tea at Miss Moody’s Tea Room for a classically English experience amidst the Victorian style garden.
3. Check out the independent cafes offering wonderful foods and drink experiences
Offering diners the chance to relax in the ambiance of an authentic French restaurant with excellent value for money, La Parisienne also do a thriving lunch trade, luring hungry towngoers with the scent of freshly baked baguettes.
Lemon & Jinja
Named after a town in Uganda said to be the source of the River Nile. Lemon & Jinja is very eco friendly and plastic free, and offers great coffee, cakes and a good musical taste. They strive to help customers, businesses and educational organisations to become more sustainable.
Going strong for over 30 years Han’s offers customers a unique blend of generous fillings in freshly baked bread and prides itself on first class service. Become a regular or simply enjoy lunch here on your day out. If a freshly made sandwich doesn’t tickle your fancy, then try their tray bakes, salads, jacket potatoes, burgers and breakfast baps.
4. Enjoy some cats, companionship and comfort
Paws for Thought
With cat puns out the litter box, Paws For Thought gives diners the furry companionship of their beloved rescue cats alongside a similarly themed menu. Leading by example, these calming kitties will recline around the cafe, giving a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for any cat lover.
With 4 separate seating areas including an outside space. Paws For Thought offers afternoon tea - or coffee - with sandwiches, cakes, macaroons, and cookies. And yes, they all have cat themed names.
5. Enjoy local shops with some Romsey retail therapy
Romsey has a wide range of fashion, home and gift shops, not to mention the excellent cafes and restaurants - all local and independent - our top picks for shopping would be:
Kit & Caboodle
From beautiful jewellery to luxurious accessories, children’s clothing to stylish homewares. Having outgrown their original shop, Kit and Caboodle are actually two locations: “Kit for grown ups, Caboodle for Kids”.
For the sweet-toothed, Humbugs features over 150 bottled sweet lines. They also stock handmade fudges and toffees from Scotland as well as locally sourced handmade chocolates.
6. Enjoy a family day out (especially the kids)
Sometimes historic monuments and shopping doesn’t cut it for keeping the young ones entertained for a whole day or a week, so here are a few more destinations for families in the area.
Located in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, and with over 70 rides and attractions. This is an ideal place for energetic young children to let off steam.
Romsey Rapids Sports Complex
For when the weather is poor, Romsey Rapids offers you the chance to get equally wet indoors as you would outdoors - but they have pirate ships and waterslides! Many other - more dry - activities are available for adults and children within the complex.
7. Enjoy a stately stroll at the Broadlands
Defining the word “stately” you have Broadlands Mansion. Surrounded by sweeping parkland and with the river cutting a path straight through. Broadlands plays host to a variety of craft shows, concerts and events throughout the year, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Get that Downton Abbey feeling as you take a turn around the lawns.
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