Starting on the 10th May you’ll be able to dine slap-bang in the middle of the Solent as Spitbank Fort launches Saturday lunches.
Dating back to 1878, the Grade II listed monument is surrounded by water and accessible only by boat. The lunch experience begins at 11:30am with a pick-up from the Royal Clarence Marina in Portsmouth and you get welcome teas and coffees on board.
The first Saturday lunch will start on 10th May with a discounted introductory price of £99 per person (£115 per person normally). Sunday and Wednesday lunches are also available.
After a 30 minute boat ride, you’ll all be treated to a welcome glass of champagne and then a tour of the fort. At 2pm guests will be seated in the Officer’s Mess in for a three-course lunch followed by teas and coffees in the Crow’s Nest, which has lovely views of the other Solent forts, the South Coast and Isle of Wight.
Of course, Spitbank’s history adds to its charms; the seaward side was originally armed with nine 12.5 inch muzzle loading guns, which were replaced in 1884 with more modern 12-inch breech-loading guns and these remained in service until after World War I. The fort was declared surplus to requirements in 1962 but was only sold by the Ministry of Defence in 1982. Since then the fort has been privately owned and was purchased by AmaZing Venues which, along with English Heritage and PLC Architects in Portsmouth, transformed the Fort into a unique venue for lunch and overnight stays.
For bookings or more information visit www.amazingvenues.co.uk or call 0330 333 7222.