Forte Kitchen

Our beautiful restaurant is situated in the heart of Winchester. It has two main restaurant areas, both as stunning as the other. We generally do try and keep the ‘black room’ for families and the ‘white’ room for adults. The restaurant is situated on the first floor, however, we promise you the food is worth the climb! Please click here to see the menus.


The Hatch

Our gorgeous cafe, next door to Forte Kitchen connected via stairs. It has its own indoor seating area as well as an outdoor seating area and a separate menu to Forte Kitchen. Serving up light breakfasts and lunches as well as delicious cakes and sweet treats all day. Click here to see the full menu.


Private events

We can host a variety of different private events, including our ultimate event package where you can hire out the whole place including the outside area. Please email hello@fortekitchen.co.uk with some details of the type of event you would like and we will get back to you with our different options.



Please make a booking on our website booking page. Or if you are a table of more than 6 people or are trying to book within 24 hours of your preferred time please call the restaurant on 01962 856 840.

We only hold tables for 15 minutes of the day of the booking so please call us to let us know if you are running late or you may lose your table. We would also really appreciate it if you can let us know of any changes to the booking.

You can also just turn up. We do keep some tables back that are just for walk-ins.


Food Service Times

Breakfast served daily until 12pm
Lunch served daily 12pm until 3.30pm.

As we tend to get quite busy during our lunch service at Forte Kitchen we normally do not serve our tea and cake selection between 12pm and 2pm. However, we do have our lovely cafe, The Hatch, where you can enjoy these any time of the day.


Food and dietary requirements

Our food is freshly prepared and made on site using quality local suppliers who we are proud to showcase on our menu. Therefore, most of our dishes can be adapted to a wide range of dietary requirements. Please just ask your server. We also have two fryers and one we keep separate for those coeliac’s craving our triple cooked hand cut chips!

Having all our food freshly prepared also means that it can take a little longer. However, we aim to have all our food out within 20 minutes normally and 30 minutes when we are really busy.



You may breathe a sigh of relief – we are fully licensed and serve all our delicious wines from Beerkman Wine Cellars as well as beers and selected spirits. We also serve Char loose leaf teas, Dorset Coffee, and a wide selection of soft drinks including our addictive homemade lemonade.



Forte Kitchen is up a steep flight of stairs and unfortunately we are in a listed building with no alternative way in. However, we assure you the food is worth the climb and we are a friendly bunch so if you do need a hand carrying up your pram or anything else then please just let us know.

The Hatch is situated on the ground floor. Unfortunately the entrance to the Hatch is quite narrow and therefore is not suitable for all wheelchair users. However, we do have an outside area which can be accessed by all.



As we are located in the centre of Winchester (just a stone throw away from the high street) there are plenty of car parks close by and within walking distance. The closest are;

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



Are more than welcome everywhere. Whilst we do try and keep the ‘white room’ restaurant area for adults only, we still have plenty of space for families in our ‘black room’ and as we have already said we are happy to help carry your prams up our stairs. We also have a children’s menu as well as high chairs.



Very welcome at The Hatch! However, as much as we would love to welcome the furry members of your family to Forte Kitchen, we unfortunately do not allow dogs upstairs as we have an open kitchen.


Opening hours

The Hatch

Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sunday 9am – 5pm

Forte Kitchen

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sunday 9am – 4pm

If none of the above has answered your questions then please just email hello@fortekitchen.co.uk or call us on 01962 856 840.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.