Coffee from The Deck On The Go at Chesapeake Mill in Wickham anyone? If you’re ordering, make mine an oat milk latte!
This pop up coffee, cake and bacon butty kiosk is an outside extension of the cafe within Chesapeake Mill.
It’s the perfect pitstop for a coffee before and snack after your walk.
The Deck On The Go
Bridge Street, Wickham, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5JH
Let’s start by covering how cool The Chesapeake Mill is. This flour watermill in Wickham was built in 1820 using the timbers of HMS Chesapeake. And yes, you’d be right thinking that’s the wood taken from the United States Navy frigate USS Chesapeake.
The mill is no longer producing flour and is now home to a quirky antiques shop and cafe by the river. A rummage is a very acceptable way to spend an hour or two at the weekend.
In the 2020 lockdown The Deck On The Go was launched for people passing by to still safely grab a coffee and a snack in a more easily socially distanced setting.
Coffee and Cake in Wickham
Since it opened, The Deck On The Go has been a big hit with local residents and walkers looking for a little light refreshment either end of a trail.
It’s a small menu of freshly ground coffee, bacon sandwiches, homemade cakes and other snacks and specials. Snacks perfect for keeping the wolf from the door,
I enjoyed a strong, proper barista coffee and treated Mr Bright Lights Big City to a big slab of chocolately flap jack.
We momentarily sat on the bench by the mill feeling the sun on our faces enjoying the fresh air, sips of hot coffee and a nibble on the cake. It was very good, I’m not a big fan of flapjacks normally but this one hit the spot!
We then took our goods on the road and returned to our day, revived by a little break.
The Deck On The Go is also very close to one of Wickham’s most beautiful countryside walks, the Wickham Water Meadows and the Meon Valley Trail.
All you have to do is drop down into Wickham at the start/end of the loop. It’s very easy to reach and you can walk up the pavement and the coffee kiosk is the first place you’ll hit. If you look behind you’ll also see the bridge the old railway line uses to cross the road, part of the walking route.
Take a look at this post to find out all the details about the trail…
Hampshire Coffee Spot
Wickham’s definitely needed a pop up like this. Its cafes are always very busy, but if you pop there for an amble or to run some errands it’s nice to grab a coffee without having to worry if you’ll be battling the weekend crowds. And, let’s state the obvious, it’s very convenient and very tasty – bit of a no brainer really.
If you like the look of The Deck On The Go and want to find out the most up to date opening hours, menu and contact details…
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