“I can’t believe it, this shop has everything!” We often hear this surprised reaction as people browse our shelves and almost daily, a curious face will appear around the door enquiring “I don’t suppose you sell…? ” More often than not – we do! Whether you’re looking for an airbed, sleeping bag or tent poles and pegs, shampoo, sunscreen or screwdrivers, whatever you’ve left behind in the mad rush to get out of the door, we’ve probably got it.
First thing in the morning for both the bleary of eye and those up with the sparrows, as well as the usual staples, we have croissants, pain au chocolat, almond croissants, baguettes, rolls and bloomers, all baked on the premises in our own mini bakery. You can wash these down with a steaming cup of tea, cappuccino, latte, espresso or hot chocolate whilst reading your daily newspapers, all available in our shop. A freshly baked pasty goes down well for elevenses followed by a slice of homemade cake, and when you’re ready to head out for the day we have cycle and walking maps, bottles of water and all the goodies you need for a perfect picnic, including locally made pork pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls – we even sell picnic blankets!
When you return from a hard day’s sightseeing the children love to hunt through our range of toys including footballs, tennis, badminton and cricket sets, water pistols, kites and jokes whilst Mum and Dad enjoy a cold beer or wine along with a choice of pre-dinner nibbles such as olives, chorizo, dips and crisps. We’re BBQ ready with bags of briquettes, fire-lighters and disposable barbeques, not to mention all the delicious favourites to put on the BBQ. We have a great range of locally sourced and prepared produce from sausages, chicken, steak and burgers to free range eggs, bacon and ham and for after – why not treat yourselves to a delicious New Forest Ice cream?
Tasty cheeses and a selection of Sudoku and crossword books, trashy (and not so trashy!) novels, playing cards and other games will keep you busy all evening until it’s time to crawl into your sleeping bags. If the evening is a little chilly we stock socks, hot water bottles and blankets to keep you toasty and if the forest wildlife, or a snoring neighbour, disturbs your sleep we can even supply you with ear plugs.
Calor gas and camping gas cylinders can be exchanged in the shop and we have a wide range of disposable gas canisters too. Our ice pack rental service is very popular as it ensures plentiful supplies of frozen icepacks are always available.
Open every day through our season from 8.30am to 7pm, our well stocked shop makes camping a breeze at the Red Shoot Camping Park.