I’ve lived in Hampshire now for more than half my life and feel I’ve gotten to know the best places to visit and show off to friends. It’s definitely taken me time to find those ‘local’ spots whether it be a hidden cafe or the best place to park and I thought it's time to share some of my favorite places with you.
Lymington had to be first on my Hampshire guide as it’s the place I always seem to take family or friends who come to visit. It has it all, a weekend market, interior shops to drool over and an abundance of cafes and shops whether you’re after your standard high street brand or something a little more boutique, plus it’s only a 20-minute drive from home so that perfect area between not too far but far enough.
Whether you're after breakfast or brunch Lymington has a spot is for everyone from hidden courtyards offering homemade cereal bowls and fresh croissants to modern cafés where their brunch menu makes you want to order it all. For breakfast The Larder is a little gem tucked down a side ally just off the high street, it has an outside area, fully covered so you can enjoy the start of the spring sun. Greedo is a new discovery from a friends recommendation and it didn't disappoint. Straight away I was snapping photos of the interior and the food which was deliciouse.
A nose around Willow Lifestyle will make you feel like your interior heaven. I never leave without 101 inspiration photos and a new candle to burn - honestly, I’d be SoOoOooooo surprised if you told me there was nothing in this store that you loved. They do every season better than the last but Christmas has to be my favorite, the shop just oozes festive cheer that’s both traditional and modern.
Saturday has to be the best day to go if you want to see Lymington in a buzz. With fresh fish stalls to locally produced cakes and jams you really don’t need to step into a supermarket. By this point, I’ve normally sampled my fair amount of chocolate and demolished a cupcake leaving no room for lunch leaving me envious of every cafe window I peer into. If you’re after a pastie, sandwich or my personal favorite, fish, and chips then you’ll want to eat them with the best view Lymington has to offer... the quay. Take a seat and watch the world go by or burn off those cake tasters with a walk alongside the boats. My choice is the latter and I often laugh with who I’m with and make up stories of which boat we’d own and where we’d go although the only boat I’ve been on more than once was a ferry!
If you're after a nightcap before you leave then you are spoilt for choice with pubs and restaurants from traditional food to oriental. Watch the sunset behind the boats whilst enjoying freshly caught fish at The Haven Bar & Restaurant or if you're after more of a cozy night then The Angel & Blue Pig in the high street should appeal to everyone's belly!