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47 reviews so far
12/07/2012 06:08ampatricia lapworth
Spent a lovely morning with my family today, some running children cycling, then the treat of some home made cakes. Unfortunatly the selection of "home made cakes" are now not available very dissapointing. Staff very helpfull offering tempting alternatives but missing the lovely cakes you used to offer, please can we have them back.
12/07/2012 06:17amAngela Elshaw
We are at the park virtually every Saturday and Sunday, and look forward to the fantastic homemade cake, but the last few weeks, these have gone down hill and are very dry.
While many of our cakes are purchased from an outside bakery, this not to say that they are mass produced in a factory, but rather they are made in a small bakery in Maidenhead where every cake is crafted by experienced, skilled people - not machines.
The owners of the company pride themselves on making cakes using trusted household recipes and traditional ingredients. They do not use artificial preservatives, flavourings or colours, nor do they use fats that have been hydrogenated or anything that has had its genes tampered with.
The ingredients are mixed together, weighed into individual cake tins and baked in small batches. The cakes are then passed on to a team of skilled finishers who turn the cakes out and ice and decorate each one by hand.
06/07/2012 09:36amStephanie Hibberd
I visited Butser Hill Picnic are yesterday, with a friend and Holly the labrador. We visit every year - beautiful venue, lovely walks and Usually facilities. We did use one of the two remaining picnic tables, but alas there were several people who would have used one, if there had been more. But more importantly, the splendid building (which must have been expensive to build) was locked and 'Out of Order', The portaloo, had NO water - for anything, no water available for the numerous dogs who passed us by. Rather sad when the school's summer holidays are approaching. It did cost £2.00 to park the car, but why no water?
05/07/2012 02:05pmDebbie Mitchel
I have been bringing my family to the cafe at the Queen Elizabeth park for years and was really impressed this year with the homemade cakes ,qiches and soups they had on offer. The service was great and the staff very friendly. Last week I bought some friends up on a first time visit and was really disappointed to discover no homemade cakes or their famous bread pudding. All the homemade was replaced by factory made cakes that did not touch the homemade. Bring back the individuality please, we can go to a number of places and eat factory cakes. Queen Elizabeth cafe was finally becoming a talked about place for it great homemade food. Whats happening?
02/07/2012 09:54amMrs Robinson
What a lovely family walk we had in the park. was very unhappy when visiting the Cafe, Had the homemade soup, the soup was really not very nice, bread was stale. All six of my family left the soup. When the table was cleared by a member of staff, she asked why we had left our soup, we told her why, we were told well we can not please all. We didn't bother staying for drinks and ice creams for the kids.
QECP cafe replies
We were horrified to hear of your complaint as we pride ourselves on our homemade soup and hot baguettes. Please accept my apologies and a complimentary soup with hot baguette for six. We are grateful that you put in a complaint so that we could rectify the problem and prove to you that normally our soup is of a very high standard.
17/06/2012 07:58amHelen Saunders
Can I just say what fabulous food we ate at the cafe - we had the squash and feta quiche with roasties and salad, was so delicious I am now researching the recipe!! So nice to see 'proper' food on the menu, and also something a bit different from the average cafe - just what you need after plenty of fresh air!
The staff in the cafe were super friendly and we all (3 generations) had a fantastic time
03/06/2012 10:02amRob Hunt
We really love the QEP, but please can someone put up some clear signs for a continuation of the South Downs Way (out on the EAST side of the Park) ?
For first timers doing the South Downs Way, through the park, the eastern 'exit' on to the South Downs Way is not that obvious.
We have forwarded this to the South Downs Way Officer for his attention.
South Downs Way National Trail Officer replies
The South Downs National Park' South Downs Way team works in partnership with Hampshire County Council, West Sussex and East Sussex County Councils to oversee the management of the South Downs Way (SDW) National Trail.
We are aware that the signage through the country park is confusing and we are actively working with QECP and the Forestry Commission to improve the route and signage. The SDW currently splits into 2 routes through the the park which adds to some of the confusion. We're looking to unify the routes into one and then resign the whole route, however we are currently waiting to ensure Forestry Commission and QECP are happy that the unified route does not affect future plans within the forest.
28/05/2012 06:07pmMark and Heather Limb
We would just like to say how fantastic the staff at Queen Elizabeth Country Park have been helping us with our daughter's 40th birthday. We started planning this in Nov 2011 and right from the word go the staff have bent over backwards to help us with our arrangements. We eventually booked Benham's Bushes barbecue site for a hog roast for 100 people, family and friends, ranging from 4 months to 89 years. We were devastated when we went to view the site earlier in May to discover that it was unusable due to the weather and some misuse by previous hirers. Voicing our concerns the Park Staff were fantastic offering us an alternative venue, temporary shelter in case of rain, the use of tables from the visitor's centre and answered all the innumerable queries that we had. We would like to thank the staff in the visitor's centre, the rangers and the park managers for helping us to make what could have been a disaster into a really memorable day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We all agreed the QECP is a superb venue for this type of event and we, and everyone who was there, would not hesitate to recommend QECP to anyone who wanted run an event like this.
14/05/2012 11:38amRob Warner
Came up to QE Park Sunday 13th May 2012 for a MTB ride. £2 all day parking EXCELLENT. New trail ORANGE route excellent. 4 of us had an awesome day riding up there the trails are brilliant fun and cant wait to get back up there! Highly recommended as a great days riding!
21/04/2012 05:37pmDr Malcolm Dye
My wife and I use Butser hill to exercise our springer spaniel who needs a lot of running about to keep her both fit and happy.
Butser is such a good spot for her and for us, so we have had a season ticket for a couple of years. However...... The car park attracts vandals. We have had a car damaged twice in that time(door prised, window broken). We have seen other cars that appear to have been similarly attacked. We would welcome some deterrent, even at higher cost of parking (the cost of repairs is running much higher!). What about a number-plate recognition system for car park charging, as is used in Havant car parks? These vandals almost certainly arrive in a car, and might well be deterred from criminality if they knew that their vehicle number and the time of their visit was recorded. Such a system also gives flexibility to charge according to time spent parked, and in Havant allows cashless payment (phone or internet later that day).
Another aspect of the management of Butser that concerns us is those areas of the hill are used in the winter months to graze sheep and cattle, but with very little information provided about when and where they will be (or have been) on the land. These animals carry parasites that are potentially dangerous to the health of dogs and humans (intestinal parasites in faeces as well as the well-known risk of Lyme's disease from sheep ticks). Our own dog was taken ill this year, and after lab analysis the probability was that the infection was from sheep faeces. The public should be informed when areas of the park land has recently been used for grazing (say within the last month), and warned that there may be some risk of infection for dogs and children (adults are generally more careful about hygiene). The signage that is currently provided at gates and stiles is worse that useless: often out of date and hence untrustworthy and misleading. There was a faded notice on the kiosk about the risk to animals of parasites in dog faeces, but this problem goes two ways!
Lastly: we would welcome any measures to persuade dog owners to be responsible about picking up after their dogs and using the bins. How about a dog-owners season ticket? Bit of discount and some extras such as email notification of grazing plans etc relating to dogs, in return to signing up to a short list of specific good dog ownership promises? Wouldn't be a magic cure, but might help?
We have been made aware of one incident this year where a vehicle has been broken in to and items stolen. Unfortunately this does happen occasionally, both in the Park and the surrounding countryside. The local police are aware and do provide patrols as and when they can. If you do see anything suspicious please make direct contact with the Police, or the Park Centre. We have looked in to the various CCTV options and these are prohibitive in terms of cost. The site is locked every evening at 8pm and opened at 8am each morning to try and reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour.
We currently have over 200 ewes grazing on the hill, along with their lambs. In the late Summer through to the end of the year there will also be some beef cattle. Where ever the livestock are grazing, all entrances to that particular compartment will be signed to that effect. Butser Hill has just introduced three Dog Control Orders (DCOs) which ensure that owners bag and bin waste, that they can only walk a maximum of 6 dogs at a time, and that all dogs are put on a lead where livestock are grazing.
These new DCOs, the first to be put in place on any Hampshire County Council site, or in the East Hants District, can be enforced by our Rangers and will soon improve the situation.
We are not aware of any current signs which are 'out of date, untrustworthy and misleading'. I do hope that you will be able to provide more details so that we can look in to this matter.
With regard to the health of the QE sheep flock, this is run along organic lines and registered with the Organic Farmers and Growers sector body. The animals are routinely wormed and do not pose a significant threat to humans and livestock. We would be grateful if you could send us the 'lab report' so I can comment further.
The season ticket idea is a good one, and I would suggest signing up to our blog (accessible from the website homepage) as this provides visitors with a good deal of information about all the capital works, routine tasks, wildlife and livestock happenings going on in the Park. Please have a look and let us have some feedback?
We currently offer a £5 discount off the QE season ticket for all owners who have put their dogs through one of the Good companion, Gold, Silver or Bronze, training schemes.
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