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Departure Lounge Cafe

Alton, Hampshire View map Visit website
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Starting at £2,950
50 to 150 Guests

About

Nestled away in the beautiful outskirts of Alton, Hampshire, The Departure Lounge Café is a quaint and memorable venue for a countryside wedding celebration. With intriguing vintage décor and rustic elements, this unique setting is ideal for those with love for alternative styles. Close to enchanting churches and registry offices, this hidden café invites you to honour your union in a manner that best reflects you.

Facilities and Capacity

The Departure Lounge Café caters to a maximum capacity of 150 guests across its eclectic venue grounds. In this rural haven of sweeping fields and inspiring gardens, you can enjoy a marquee reception in a 40-foot-by-40-foot structure fit for 120. Adorned in fairy lights, this boho-inspired setting is a blank canvas awaiting your signature touch. Nearby lies a designated area for a live band or disco, which can also be decorated to your tastes. The café offers an intimate space filled with aged-wood features, quirky signage and a private bar: an inviting atmosphere for guests to dine and drink in comfort. Across the grounds, an array of breathtaking scenery provides all the backdrops needed for those memorable wedding photographs.

Services Offered

At The Departure Lounge Café, an experienced event team will be on-hand to assist you at every step of your booking. From finding a suitable marquee to deciding the right catering for your theme, the staff are here to make your wedding a stress-free, enjoyable experience. The venue is fully licensed and also offers an afternoon tea option for an added touch of whimsy. When it comes to the food, the chefs can provide a wonderful range of catering options, including their signature hog roasts. If you wish for something a little more sophisticated, they are more than happy to craft a wonderful canapé menu or a delicious ploughman's buffet for country affairs. Further features include:

  • Pimms, Prosecco, or soft drinks on arrival
  • In-house decorations
  • Ivory linings
  • Camelot Chairs and tables
  • Speciality cakes
  • A bespoke wedding cakes

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Unusual Weddings
Marquees and Tents
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Helipad
Changing Room for Guests
Pets Welcome
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    Gemma H. Married on 14/05/2022
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    Fantastic!

    We can’t recommend this venue highly enough! A beautiful ball tent marquee with a ceiling of fairy lights surrounded by a large field and backdrop of stunning trees and a gorgeous retro style bar fully stacked with a wide selection of generously priced drinks. The friendly and professional staff really can not do enough for you, always there with a smile and nothing was too much trouble! We had access to the venue for 3 days before the wedding to setup, during this time we had lunch and coffees in the cafe, all absolutely delicious! On the day the staff were so lovely to our guests and made sure everything went exactly to plan. The amazing team then packed everything down for us afterwards meaning all we had to do was swing by to collect it! Absolutely seamless, definitely recommend!
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    Kristian Married on 12/06/2021
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    An amazing wedding venue

    We discovered the Departure Lounge whilst searching for a wedding venue in Hampshire. We knew the first time we visited that this was the perfect place for our needs. This was in February 2020, and we set the date for late July 2021 - as you can imagine, there was a lot of uncertainty about the day right up until the week beforehand due to the pandemic. Simon was very reassuring throughout this period, and thankfully our intended date fell on the first weekend after wedding restrictions were lifted. Despite us only being able to finalise our arrangements at the last minute, Simon and his team put everything together perfectly, going above and beyond for us. Nothing was too big an ask, and the day was very special for us and the guests.

    If you are looking for a wedding venue that you can personalise and have lots of flexibility with suppliers and decoration, but you still have an amazing team on hand to help with logistics and organision, then we highly recommend the Departure Lounge - it is also perfect if you are looking for a 'festival' style wedding venue. We chose Simon's hog roast for our meal, which was fantastic and well received by the guests. There is a marquee already on site, so you do not need to hire this separately. We had 120 guests, which the venue comfortably fitted. We used external suppliers for evening food and our entertainment, and Simon helped them all set up on the day with no problem. He also had backup plans for incleement weather, but luckily the rain (just about) held off. I should also mention that the final cost was extremely affordable.

    Aside from our wedding, we have popped in regularly for lunch and the food is always fantastic (we recommend the cheese and chips and Sophie's malteaser cheesecake if you're lucky enough to be there on a day it appears!), and we always have a lovely welcome. We cannot recommend the place highly enough.

    Thank you so much Simon and the team for our wonderful wedding day!
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    Anneka G. Married on 06/04/2019
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    Aidan and Anni wedding

    We had our beautiful wedding at the Departure lounge for 150 guests and Simon and his team couldn't have been anymore amazing. From start to finish they helped us in organising the day and ensuring everything went perfect on the day itself. They were such a chilled yet professional team that really put us at ease. Great prices and a really beautiful venue. We would highly recommend The Depaefure Lounge to anyone!
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    Jessica E. Married on 16/07/2017
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    Insanely awesome place and people!

    We had our wedding here on 28th August - honestly, Simon and the team made this entire process extremely enjoyable considering let’s face it wedding planning is not always fun 🤣
    They were extremely helpful, friendly and bent over backwards to help us. The venue itself is amazing - we were given loads of options, freedom to do quite a lot, and the flexibility was great. The bar looks awesome, the field is spacious and the marquee was perfect for our needs. The food was amazing and everyone at the wedding had plenty of compliments towards the food, drinks and facility itself. The staff at this venue are some of the best I’ve worked with - they went above and beyond and myself and my partner extremely appreciate everything they’ve done for us. We’ve been incredibly busy since our wedding but we plan on stopping by when we can to express our gratitude in person. Not only is this an incredibly reasonably priced venue to get married at, with a great team to work with (especially Simon), it’s also an awesome bar with great food and drinks. Highly recommend this place! Thank you everyone at the Depature Lounge for making our day.
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    Olivia Married on 31/08/2019
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    The most amazing wedding venue!

    We stumbled across the venue last summer and as soon as we saw it and met with Simon, the owner, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. We had totally free reign over the styling of the marquee, and were given the week leading up to the wedding to decorate it at our leisure. The cafe is wonderful and quirky, and the field and grounds surrounding the café and marquee are huge and provided a lovely backdrop for photos.

    Simon was fab through the planning. Every email was responded to quickly and thoroughly, and we really felt we got a personal touch by dealing directly with him throughout the process.

    Food-wise, we had a hog-roast provided by the venue as our main meal, along with some really lovely sides, and salads. For evening food, we had a ploughman’s spread which included pate and cured meats. Both meals were delicious and went down so well with our guests, and the venue was very accommodating of dietary requirements.

    This truly is the most incredible wedding venue. We have had many guests saying how wonderful it was, and because of its uniqueness we are confident that our guests will remember the day for years to come. Our wedding day was beyond our wildest dreams, a month on and we are still buzzing from how much fun we had. We really put a lot of that down to the venue – it is definitely a venue that not only allows, but encourages you to have fun with your wedding day. If you are looking for a venue which really lets you put your own stamp on your wedding day whilst certainly not breaking the bank, we would wholeheartedly recommend the Departure Lounge. To Simon and the team, thank you so much!

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Basingstoke Road GU34 4BH Alton (Hampshire)

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