Departure Lounge Cafe

Basingstoke Road, Alton (Hampshire) GU34 4BH Map · Telephone · Website
2 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0
Starting at £2950
Number of guests 50 to 150
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About Departure Lounge Cafe

Nestled away in the beauty of the Hampshire countryside, The Departure Lounge Cafe is a wonderfully quaint and memorable venue for your wedding day celebrations! Rooted close to an enchanting range of churches and registry offices, and boasting a vintage décor, it provides everything you need for an unforgettable reception!

Whether you are looking for an intimate affair in the café itself, or a more expansive party in their sweeping grounds, The Departure Lounge Café’s experience and dedicated team will be on-hand to assist every step of the way. They will be able to assist with everything from finding a suitable marquee for your reception, through to firing up the BBQ for one of their signature Hog Roasts!

When it comes to the food at your wedding, The Departure Lounge Café can provide a wonderful range of catering options. If a hog roast isn’t quite the style you are going for with your special day, they can create a wonderful canape menu that is sure to leave yours and your guest’s mouths watering for more!

With a maximum capacity of up to 150 guests in the café and marquee, and with breath-taking scenery ideal for your wedding photography, The Departure Lounge Café really does have everything you need for the dream celebration.

For more information on the kinds of wedding The Departure Lounge Café can provide, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • Situated in the heart of the rolling Hampshire countryside
  • Gorgeous café venue with a quirky vintage décor
  • Beautiful grounds with the ability to host a marquee reception for up to 150 guests
  • Delicious menu options available
  • Breath-taking backdrops for your wedding photos
  • Friendly and experienced staff on-hand to assist with planning
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2 Reviews for Departure Lounge Cafe

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of the Service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
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    Kristian · Married on 12/06/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of the Service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!

    Sent on 18/09/2021
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    Olivia · Married on 31/08/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of the Service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!

    Sent on 27/09/2019

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Departure Lounge Cafe FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Unusual Weddings
    Marquees and Tents
    Woodland and Festival
    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
  • Overnight Accommodation:
    Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
  • Venue Staff Assistance:
    Wedding Coordinator
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Helipad
    Confetti Permitted
    Changing Room for Guests
    Pets Welcome

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    5% discount for couples at Hitched
    If you're coming from Hitched we'll give you a 5% discount on the services hired. Don't forget to present your voucher when you come see us.

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  • Basingstoke Road Alton (Hampshire) GU34 4BH
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