Forte Kitchen

Discover our charming restaurant nestled in the vibrant heart of Winchester. With two equally captivating dining areas, we strive to create a family-friendly atmosphere in our ‘black room’ while offering a more refined ambiance in the elegant ‘white room’ for our adult guests. Although our restaurant is located on the first floor, we assure you that the food is well worth the climb. Take a moment to explore our enticing menus by clicking here.


The Hatch

Discover our delightful café conveniently located adjacent to Forte Kitchen, accessible via a ground floor entrance or via a flight of stairs connecting Forte Kitchen. With its own indoor seating area and a delightful outdoor terrace, our café offers a separate menu that is sure to delight your taste buds. Indulge in delectable light breakfasts, scrumptious lunches, and an array of irresistible cakes and sweet treats throughout the day. For a glimpse of our full menu, click here.


Private events

At Forte Kitchen, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of event options. Our exceptional event space features three beautifully designed rooms, each with its own unique character. Whether you prefer an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, our versatile rooms can be used individually or combined to create an unforgettable experience. For more information on our packages visit our private events page or to begin planning your event, please reach out to Forte Kitchen at events@fortekitchen.co.uk.



Please make a reservation on our booking page. For reservations within the next 24 hours or for parties of more than 6 people, please contact the restaurant directly at 01962 856 840.

We kindly request a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for any cancellations or changes to your reservation. Please be aware that we can only hold your table for 15 minutes from the scheduled booking time. If you anticipate a delay, kindly contact us promptly to inform us, as failure to do so may result in the release of your table.

Please note that we do reserve a portion of our tables for walk-in guests so feel free to just pop-in.


Food Service Times

Forte Kitchen Breakfast: Monday to Saturday – 09:00 to 12:00, Sunday – 09:00 to 14:30
Forte Kitchen Lunch: Monday to Saturday – 12:00 to 15:30

The Hatch Breakfast: Monday to Saturday – 09:00 to 12:00, Sunday – 09:00 to 14:30
The Hatch Lunch: Sunday to Friday – 12:00 to 16:00, Saturday – 12:00 to 17:00

Please note that during our busy lunch service at Forte Kitchen, we do not serve our tea and cake selection between 12:00 and 14:00. However, you can enjoy these delightful treats at our lovely cafe, The Hatch, at any time of the day.


Food and dietary requirements

We take pride in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients from quality suppliers to prepare our food on-site. As a result, we are able to accommodate a wide range of dietary requirements for most of our dishes. Simply inform your server, and they will be happy to assist you.

For our coeliac guests who can’t resist our triple cooked hand-cut chips, rest assured that we have a dedicated fryer exclusively for gluten-free options.

Since all our food is prepared fresh, it may take a little longer to be served. However, our goal is to have your meal ready within 20 minutes under normal circumstances, and within 30 minutes during busy periods.



Rest assured, we have you covered when it comes to beverages. We are fully licensed, offering a delightful selection of wines sourced from Beerkman Wine Cellars, along with a variety of beers and carefully chosen spirits. For those seeking a non-alcoholic option, we proudly serve Char loose leaf teas, Dorset Coffee, and a wide range of refreshing soft drinks, including our irresistibly addictive homemade lemonade.



Please note that Forte Kitchen is located on the upper floor, accessible only via a steep flight of stairs. As we are situated in a listed building, alternative entry options are not available. However, we assure you the food is worth the climb and we are a friendly bunch so if you require any help with carrying items such as prams, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

On the other hand, The Hatch is conveniently situated on the ground floor. Please be aware that the entrance to The Hatch is quite narrow and may not be suitable for all wheelchair users. Nevertheless, we have an inviting outdoor area that is accessible to all, providing a delightful space to enjoy your visit.



Conveniently situated in the heart of Winchester, just a stones throw from the bustling high street, Forte Kitchen benefits from excellent proximity to several nearby car parks within easy walking distance. Here are some of the closest options:

  • Middle Brook Street Car Park
  • The Brooks Shopping Centre Car Park
  • Jewry Street Car Park

Rest assured, you’ll find suitable parking facilities nearby to ensure a seamless visit.



We warmly welcome children of all ages to Forte Kitchen. While we strive to maintain a serene atmosphere in our ‘white room’ restaurant area for adults, we have ample space available in our ‘black room’ to accommodate families. We are more than happy to assist you with carrying prams up our stairs for your convenience. Additionally, we offer a dedicated children’s menu and provide high chairs to ensure a comfortable dining experience for your little ones.



We love dogs at The Hatch! They are more than welcome to join you during your visit. However, please note that at Forte Kitchen, we are unable to accommodate dogs upstairs due to our open kitchen. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you and your furry friends at The Hatch.


Opening hours

The Hatch

Sunday to Friday: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00

Forte Kitchen

Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00

If you have any further questions or inquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hello@fortekitchen.co.uk or give us a call at 01962 856 840. We are excitedly awaiting the opportunity to welcome you soon.