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The Departure Lounge Cafe

££ - £££Cafe, British,
Basingstoke Road, Alton GU34 4BH, England
+44 1420 80111
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“poached eggs” (5 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (3 reviews)
“cake” (5 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Basingstoke Road, Alton GU34 4BH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been many times and always get a good breakfast. 10am opening is a bit ridiculous though for a cafe serving breakfast. Have gone elsewhere numerous times due to not wanting to wait till 10.

Thank Gryphon70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our wedding reception at the Departure Lounge on 9th September. We were looking for somewhere relaxed and informal for our wedding reception with a good outside space for the children to play in. As soon as we sat down with Simon to talk...More

Thank Kate81Hampshire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mixed reviews here really sum up this café. It certainly is quirky and looking a little worse for wear. The whole place would benefit from some refurbishment. The food is OK , but certainly not exceptional. Perhaps more professional catering staff are employed for...More

Thank UkAlwaystravelling
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Consistently good food and service. Its a shame it isn't more appealing externally, or on the approach from the carpark, but I think that you must not write it off because of this - I nearly did. The ease of parking here is a definite...More

1  Thank Carys68
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We had our wedding reception at The Departure Lounge Cafe on August bank holiday weekend and it was perfect! We chose the Departure Lounge for our Summer wedding as the location is incredible - beautiful sunsets, huge garden, play area for children - and it...More

2  Thank brewanneanan
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This is situated the Alton - Basingstoke road a couple of miles outside Alton at a garden centre. The café is inside a refurbished airplane fusilage. Good food & drink a visit there for its novelty or at the end of a look around the...More

1  Thank Martin H
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

I popped in the Departure today and was very warmly greeted, I ordered the breakfast with poached eggs all perfect and very reasonable prices. This venue is well run with good helpful staff. And the whole place was kept spotlessly clean great breakfast. Will return...More

1  Thank Steve A
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We had such an Amazing Wedding Party at The Departure Lounge. Simon and his team could not do enough to help and were so supportive in setting up the venue in the days leading up to my Wedding. Simon is very calm and organised and...More

1  Thank Debra F
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

A great car boot sale along with a great breakfast plus they have soya milk and make a great coffee. Staff friendly always clean. Often classic motorcycle meet there. Children's play area... Can hire for parties...

1  Thank kefaloniamary
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This would be a five star review, but for one thing... The breakfast was excellent. Apart from possibly table service - at the moment you have to go up and order - there is nothing to fault in the food or service department. Fresh ingredients...More

5  Thank ajs8220
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Basingstoke Road, Alton GU34 4BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Alton
  • Phone Number: +44 1420 80111
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The Departure Lounge Cafe is a lovely cafe/restaurant situated on the outskirts of Alton in Hampshire on the A339 to Basingstoke. Our unique setting offers beautiful countryside views.
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