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Non-Residential Venue


Grand cafÉ


South Western House,
Southampton, SO14 3AS.
Key features:

  • Up to 250 guests
  • Separate reception area
  • Full AV facilities

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The Grand Café is located within South Western House, a Grade II* listed building that is steeped in history. Once Southampton’s grandest hotel, South Western House was used by first class passengers of the ill fated Titanic and its history dates back to 1865. The former Wedgewood Ballroom of the old hotel is now home to a quirky and wonderfully unique bar, bistro, restaurant & function venue.The Grand Café Restaurant is designed to be bursting with an eclectic mix of classic British styles and elaborate flamboyance, offering an exciting dining area for any event or function. The varied function menus are principally European and Mediterranean with every meal being cooked to order with great attention to detail using locally sourced fish, meats and other seasonal produce wherever possible.Grand Café has hosted many successful large and not so large events including two historic and truly memorable Titanic Commemoration evenings on the 10th and 15th April 2012 when over 230 guests attended on both nights. We also hosted a cricket benefit dinner for 220 guests and a fashion show for over 200 including the catwalk. Sporting Lunches with Kevin Keegan, Lawrie McMenemy and Matt Le Tissier have also been very successfully staged. The staff of John Lewis also enjoyed one our famous ‘Hot Bowl’ buffet evenings with around 300 plus attending in December 2012.