New tea room opens at Southwick Village Store

Press Release: 12/03/2012

(From LtoR) Alison Woods (Economy and Arts Manager); Bob Lee, Paula Lee (Both Southwick Village Store, Bakery and Post Office); and Cllr John Cooper (

Winchester City Council has contributed £5,000 to help fund a vital community facility in Southwick.  Southwick Village Store, Bakery and Post Office has recently received a village shop grant from the Council, and has used part of their grant towards the opening of a new tea room.

The shop is the only one in the village and plays an important role in village life, especially for the older residents and those who may not have their own transport, as the bus service stopped last year.

Paula and Bob Lee who run the store aim to provide a typical village shop service with all the provisions people may need on a day to day basis, and also stocks those everyday items that shoppers either run out of or forget at the supermarket. The store also provides a bakery with fresh bread baked daily.

Paula Lee said:

Winchester City Council helped us conduct a Customer Satisfaction Survey last year.  We used this to improve the service to our local customers who told us they would like a tea room at the store.  We are very grateful to Winchester City Council for the financial support they have given us.”

Cllr John Cooper, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities, Safety and Public Health, said:

Southwick Village Store, Bakery and Post Office provides an essential service and is a community hub for local residents.  Not only does it provide basic supplies and a Post Office service for those without their own means of transport, but it is also popular with local residents because of its wide range of bakery products.  During severe winter weather our village shop provides a vital life line for snow bound residents who’d normally frequent supermarkets further afield.  With fuel costs at an all time high residents may decide that being able to shop locally is highly advantageous.”

The shop is open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm on Saturdays and 9am to 12noon on Sundays. The Post Office is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 1pm. 

Southwick is a small village, on the outskirts of Fareham and Portsmouth, known as the ‘Overlord Village’.  Southwick House, where Churchill, Montgomery and Eisenhower planned the D-Day Landings, is now the home of the Defence Police College, Southwick Park (late HMS Dryad).  Many of the houses in the village have characteristic deep red doors and shutters and the village is a picturesque stop for visitors.