30 November 2011
Chives in Mengeham Road is rightly one of the most popular coffee shops on Hayling Island and a favourite with residents and visitors.
You’ll find a varied menu with sandwiches, panini, baguettes, salads as well as full meals. One of the best bargains is the all day breakfast.
There are daily specials usually including a soup and a main dish. When I visited last week, they offered broccoli and stilton soup and crab cakes with chips and salad for the main dish. All food is nicely presented and many dishes are cooked to order – worth a short wait.
Coffee is excellent with properly made cappucino and latte, although for me it could be a bit stronger.
There is plenty of room and in the summer you can sit outside.
There appears to be a free wi-fi connection at the Hayling Chives, but I didn’t actually ask so it could be another local unsecured network. I only tried this with a mobile phone, so don’t rely on it.
I have seen wheelchairs in the cafe, and the toilet is more than big enough for wheelchair access.
You can park in Mengeham Road if you are lucky and get a space, for long enough to drink a coffee and eat a sandwich. It’s supposed to be 30 mins, so look out for traffic wardens if you overstay. There are two pay and display car parks very close by. Disabled spaces on street and in car parks.
Have not tried the Chichester branch in Sadler’s Walk, but sure it will be up to same standard.