Shops and Restaurants in Chandler's Ford
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Shops and Restaurants
Recognising the importance of supporting local businesses, we start our monthly review of shopping in Chandler’s Ford with a look at Fryern.
Fryern Hill is the main shopping Centre in Chandler’s Ford. It serves the local community very well and has a range of shops which are visited by residents as far away as Winchester and Romsey. It is a regular destination for weekly shoppers with both the Co-op and Waitrose offering a wide range of quality goods, often at competitive prices.
The Waitrose car park offers free parking for up to 3 hours irrespective of whether you are shopping at their store. The Fryern Arcade provides the main alternative parking at Fryern Hill with over 120 spaces serving the Co-op and the various shop units in the Arcade.
The Arcade, built in 1967 has a range of family businesses such as the Stairway Bakery and Café, Mibi Gift & Home shop, The Flower Shop, D&G Hardware, Roban James and interspersed with some more familiar High Street names such as Rawlings (Opticians), Boots the Chemist and W H Smiths incorporating the main post office for Chandler’s Ford. Upstairs you can find the Masala Lounge serving Indian and Thai food and just north of the Arcade is the Fortune House serving oriental take-away food.
The Mall is linked to the Arcade by a pelican crossing and was constructed much later, around 1983. It features a parade of shops leading up to the popular Chandler’s Ford library and the local doctor’s surgery with more shops fronting Winchester Road. In the Mall you will find Hair at Monroe’s, County Locksmiths, Premier Baths & Tiles. Facing Winchester Road we have Eastern Arts Beauty Salon, Leighton’s Optician, Gibson’s Card Gallery, Morris Dibben Estate Agents, Santander and Lloyds TSB Banks.
Elsewhere at Fryern Hill you will find an independent hair studio - The Mens Room.- as well as The Nail and Beauty Salon. There are a selection of restaurants (King's Court and the Sunrise Balti), fast food outlets (David's Fish Bar, The Mandarin Garden and Rocco's Pizza), estate agents, banks and dry cleaners (A Touch of Class and Peter A Bryant). There is also The PC & Laptop Repair Centre.
Chandler's Ford is served particularly well by pubic houses and Fryern is home to The Half Way Inn and The King Rufus.
In part 2 of our look at Chandler's Ford shops, we focus on the central precinct and the shops along Bournemouth Road.
The Central Precinct was built in the 1970's and is experiencing something of a revival in recent years with almost all the units currently let and occupied. The street scene to Bournemouth Road was landscaped by the Council about ten years ago and the maturing trees and beech hedging has helped to soften the harsh concrete design of the Precinct itself.
Central Precinct is a popular leisure destination with the Central Club featuring live bands weekly, The Race Centre offering unparalleled excitement with Formula 1 race simulators and the Chandler's Ford Snooker Club that welcomes both members and non members to their 10 table hall.
The retail shops can be found in the inner courtyard including From Old to New (Furniture Specialists), Scarlet Ribbons hairdressing salon and Up and Running (Sports shoes and clothes). The health and fitness theme has been developed further in recent times with Physio2Fit (personal trainer), Chandler's Ford Chiropody and Leela Thai Massage.
Food outlets also feature strongly in the Precinct with Bengal Spice, China Wok, Special Thai, Goodies Fish Bar and The French Baguette Connection providing food and beverage to suit most tastes.
Further food takeaways can be found in Bournemouth Road including Curry Express, Jalalabad Tandoori, Fannelli's Pizza, The New Golden Wok and The Munch Box. Here, you will also find the One Stop shop, Baynhams the family butchers.
Continuing our series on local shopping centres we look at Hursley Road and explore several long established businesses operating there. Next to the Co-op convenience store, we have the high quality Audio T for all your sound and vision needs. We also have the Elite and DJK Hair Salons, Tan City Solarium and two fast food outlets - Adore and the Canton House Chinese Takeaway.
On the opposite side of the road, north of the Monks Brook Public House, you will find Lloyds Pharmacy, The Green Room (hair stylists), the SPAR convenience store and Peter Hansford Cycles. Completing this parade of shops is Neptune Swimming Pools, Nigel Guilder Ltd (family owned Funeral Directors) and Sirus Telecom.
Last but not least we have Sandeli Cafe on the corner of Common Road, run by Simon and Paula, serving local residents and businesses with a small eat-in area.