I went here for a meal with a large group of friends from a club, so the social aspect was really more important than the menu. The location is lovely, particularly on a warm summer's day, with a view over the Solent from the grounds, where we assembled for pre-lunch drinks, and parkland behind. We ate in the marquee, which was attractively set out. The food was OK, and probably reasonable for the price we paid, but I'm not very keen on al dente potatoes, or summer pudding where the juice hasn't had time to soak into the bread. And terrible coffee. But on the plus side, the staff were charming, and it was nice to see the helpful work-experience youngsters from Bay House School being well trained. Would I go back? Possibly, if it were for a group function.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alverbank Country House Hotel is a Grade II listed venue in Alverstoke, Hampshire, boasting spectacular views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight (host of the world famous annual Cowes Week event!). Also nearby are some of the finest nautical attractions in British naval history, including Lord Nelson's iconic HMS Victory, and the brand new Mary Rose museum. Originally commissioned as a house in 1842 by J.W. Croker (one of the leading figures in Victorian-era politics), the venue has, over the years, played host to many well-known political figures including the Duke of Wellington and former Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, who used to catch the teatime train down from London on a Friday to ensure he arrived in time for dinner! The Alverbank has also hosted royalty; Queen Victoria's second son Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, resided here whilst attending the Naval College next door at Bay House and, later, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, found it the perfect environment in which to 'escape' the formalities of Osborne House, just across the Solent. Moving forward to the present day, the venue has many different functions. We serve lunch and dinner 7 days per week, as well as hosting regular live music evenings featuring the very best local acts and tribute artists. We are also a fantastic venue for events - whether it is for a corporate meeting, a birthday party, or the wedding of your dreams, our hard-working and dedicated team will do everything they can to ensure you have a fantastic visit that you will remember for many more years to come! ... more less
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