Cosy Café-Bar

The festive season is a great time to visit our cosy, little café-bar! There is nothing quite like Christmas in the city! If you are planning on visiting Winchester for the Cathedral’s Christmas Market, the pantomime at Theatre Royal or for its unique, independent boutiques, we’d love to welcome you to our cosy, little café-bar for refreshments.

We are, however, a small venue with limited number of seats and it isn’t always possible to accommodate everybody at our busier times. Naturally, we can’t bear turning people away so here are a few tips to help you plan your visit with us.

1. Pop your head in

Because our café-bar is so snug and cosy, spaces are limited and are likely to fill up very quickly. For this reason, we are unable to take table bookings in our main café area. If we look busy, please do pop your head in and speak to one of the team, who will be able to let you know if there is space. If you are interested in hiring out one of our rooms for a private party then please click here for more info.

2. Let us know in advance if you’re a group

We can seat groups of up to 5 comfortably in the main café. If your party is 6 or more then please contact us in advance on 01962 866480 or at winchester@cabinetrooms.com.We’ll be able to let you know if we can offer you a space for drinks and bar snacks in one of our Secret Underground Offices.

Our staff have been trained on the best way to configure our tables and seat guests to ensure that everyone can relax comfortably and enjoy their time with us.

We would kindly ask guests to follow the guidance of our team and not try to squeeze in by moving furniture or sitting on top of each other.

3. Allow yourself plenty of time if you’re going to theatre

We know that many guests like to pop in for a drink and a quick snack before visiting the theatre. We would recommend allowing yourself at least 45 minutes before the start of the show to give you plenty of time — particularly when we are busy — to order and enjoy your drink before you have to cross the road to the theatre.

For groups of 6 or more, we offer set drinks and nibbles packages which include 2 hours private use of one our Secret Underground Offices. For more information and to book please contact us on 01962 866480.

4. Bring a collapsible pushchair

If you are visiting with a pushchair, please pop your head in and check with a member of staff whether there is space to store it while you visit. Alternatively, please call ahead on 01962 866480 and we’ll be able to advise you how much space is available. As we are a very cosy venue, we may ask you to collapse any large buggies or prams to ensure that staff and other customers may move around the café safely.

5. Cosy up

We recommend arriving early and settling in. We open for breakfast and serve coffees and tea all day and evening. After 6pm we serve bar snacks and sharing platters for you to enjoy with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Sample menus can be found on our Facebook page here.

More information about the café-bar can be found here. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to call us on 01962 866480 or email us.

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