Art / Eat / nature

Review: The Old Thatch Teashop, Shanklin

I’ve long been a fan of afternoon tea, so when I discovered the Old Thatch Teashop had won awards for its afternoon tea, it was a must for our holiday list, particularly as it was conveniently located in the town we were staying in.

Sure enough, the afternoon tea was one of the best I’ve ever tasted (better than many at twice the price). It had the perfect balance of sweet to savoury, unlike many overly-cloying afternoon teas that have been more like ‘death by cake’ than a pleasant afternoon interlude.


The scones were warm and light, the cake was an incredible Victoria sponge, and the sandwiches were delicious.

But it was the fairyland garden that turned a delicious meal into a magical memory.


The artist behind the fairyland garden is a lovely woman who also put together and (beautifully) illustrated a book of fairy stories written by local children, with all profits going to Children With Cancer UK.


She kindly explained the secret of how she made the waterfall in the fairy garden.


This meant that I could make my own when I got home (with a touch more glitter).


We also made friends with a lovely bird (a thrush, I think?)

If you have little ones who are into fairies, they’ll love The Old Thatch (as will adults whose inner child is thriving). If not, the food alone is worth experiencing. If you’re in the Isle of Wight, The Old Thatch Teashop is well worth a visit.

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