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“Best cream tea in town”

King John's House & Heritage Centre
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Romsey
Certificate of Excellence
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best cream tea in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

King John's House is a little gem. Forty years too late for King John and not his hunting lodge but still worth viewing. Loved the graffiti. The staff are absolutely lovely and in the tea room the cakes, scones, soup etc are all home made and the best in town.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Worth seeking out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Only small (and easily missed when in a hurry) but none the less interesting.

Ticket also covers a tiny museum.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank OldP
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Hampshire, UK
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Tea and homemade cakes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

This is the best place for tea and cakes in Romsey (and I'm a local and a food snob). It is tucked down an alleyway by the side of the post office just by the Abbey. It is a medieval hunting lodge turned tea house/musum. It is at its best on a clear day when you can sit outside in the beautiful gardens with your pot of tea and cake. Served on mixed vintage crockery. They also do savoury yumminess too! But the cakes are my favourite.

I love this place. Who on earth would think of going to Costa or Nero's when you could have this piece of English loveliness?

It is also a museum and has some great exhibitions. History buffs should go just for the medieval graffiti upstairs. Graden buffs will love the little gorgeous garden, seperated into 'rooms' with individual themes. There is a small fee for the museum (think of it as a contribution to your national heritage). The garden and tea shop are free.

Visited October 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Faascinating small house; excellent tea room; delightful garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

It costs peanuts to go into the Heritage Centre, which is a tiny museum telling the history of Romsey and the Moody family who ran a shop from this site. You then cross the tea room to enter the elderly and fascinating St John's House which, according to one guide, was built in the 10th century. An additional treat awaits in the tea shop, with all home-made cakes, but be warned, one of the eccentricities of English tea rooms is that they often shut at tea time. Last orders here, on a sunny September Friday, were at 3.45. You can sit outside then visit the absolutely delightful gardens. Not to be missed if you are visiting Romsey.

Visited September 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Interesting house, average museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

Situated on the other side of the road from Romsey Abbey, this is a good destination once you've finished soaking in the gloriousness of the Abbey! The entrance fee (only £2.50 at the time of visiting) covers both the museum (sorry, 'heritage centre') and the house, while the attached gardens are free to enter. The heritage centre is typical of many local museums, containing a jumble of interesting and not-so-interesting stuff in a converted house. (NB - don't go upstairs if you have phobia of mannikins - there's several lurking up there!) King John's House itself is one of the oldest buildings in Romsey (not including the Abbey) and is far more interesting than the museum, with lots of information on the history of the building and the town - again, watch out for lurking dummies, though! The gardens are small but perfectly formed, and the tea room on the lower floor of the house has outside seating so you can sit amongst the flowers, although we didn't do so. Definitely worth a visit, particularly when the entry fee is so low, and you're supporting a local organisation.

Visited July 2012
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