Tuesday 15 December - 12:15 for 12:30pm
The Alverbank Country House Hotel, Alverstoke

To save wearing an annoying paper hats, Please bring your own special Christmas Hat.
With lots of time to spare, Lockdown 2 is the ideal time to make one!
To be judged by our hosts, Abby & Dave, there’ll be a prize for the BEST one!

delivered to the comfort of our own homes by The Anglesey Hotel!
Lin was also interviewed LIVE on Radio Solent and we were mentioned on Wave 105!


These are a few quotes I have found which may help us all get through …..

‘Focus not on what you CANNOT do, but concentrate and enjoy what you CAN do’. 

‘Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.’ Epictetus (Greek Philosopher)

‘Don’t let your worries about tomorrow, steal your joys from today’.

Our Covid-19 safe PCM Bi-monthly Lunches
started again on 08 October!

What's Included?

Rhinefield House Hotel, Brockenhurst, New Forest

Southampton Harbour Hotel, Ocean Village, Southampton

Suphawadi Thai Restaurant – Stoke Road, Gosport

3-courses; glass of wine/1-pint beer or soft drink of your choice; coffee/tea & mince pie

Smoked Salmon & Prawns
with horseradish sauce
Mussels  in a chive & white wine sauce with ciabatta
Sherry Chicken Liver Parfait with toasts
Apple & Cider Soup (v)
Festive Butternut Squash Koftas (v)

Festive Roast Turkey
Roast Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Buttered Sprouts, Cranberry Stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings, Pigs in Blankets & gravy
Roast Fore Rib of Beef
Roast Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Buttered Sprouts, Cranberry Stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings, Pigs in Blankets & gravy
Chestnut, Mushroom & Tyhme Pithivier
Roast Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Buttered Sprouts, Cranberry Stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings, Pigs in Blankets & gravy

Festive Burger
with roasties
Marinated Augergine & Hallomi Burger with rocket & pesto in a brioche bun
Vegan Bean Burger with sprouts & cranberry sauce

Traditional Christmas pudding
with brandy sauce
Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding with custard
Mince Pies with Ice Cream
Cheese and biscuits selection of cheese served with crackers & festive chutney

DIETARY: Please ensure that you indicate on the booking form if you have any dietary requirements, as these can only be taken at time of booking.

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2. 16 Feb 2010

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3. 26 April 2010

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4. 06 Sept 2010

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5. 21 Jan 2011

Pebbles – New Year Lunch by popular demand!

6. 23 Mar 2011

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7. 09 June 2011

The Roebuck, Wickham

8. 07 Sept 2011

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9. 09 Jan 2012

The Red Lion, Fareham

10.19 Mar 2012

Kings, Botley

11. 25 July 2012

Spinnaker Tower by boat – Afternoon Tea

12. 10 Sept 2012

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13. 08 Nov 2012

Wickham Vineyard & Tour

14. 18 Jan 2013

Lauros, Fareham

15. 07 Mar 2013

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16. 22 May 2013

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17. 01 Aug 2013

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18. 23 Sept 2013

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19. 28 Nov 2013

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20. 31 Jan 2014

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21. 27 Mar 2014

Navigator, Swanwick – with Burseldon Windmill Guided Tour

22. 29 May 2014

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23. 05 Aug 2014

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24. 23 Oct 2014

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25. 12 Dec 2014

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26. 25 Feb 2015

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27. 09 April 2015

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28. 26 May 2015

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29. 18 Sept 2015

Waverley Steam Boat Solent Cruise + Lunch

30. 24 Nov 2015

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32. 20 Apr 2016

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33. 04 June 2016

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37. 16 Feb 2017

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38.  27 April 2017

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39.  06 Jun 2017

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40.  20 Aug  2017

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41.  04 Oct 2017

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53. 25 Feb 2020

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54. 15 April 2020

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56. 15 Dec 2020

Pre-Christmas – Our ‘Special Venue’ Lunch!

The Alverbank Country House Hotel – a history of connections!

Alver House was the Summer residence of John Croker, built around 1840 overlooking Stokes Bay with gardens bounded by trees and a walled garden. Land and the walled garden became part of Stanley Park in the 1940s. The remaining grounds provide a setting for the Gr II listed house, that is now a hotel.

John Croker was persuaded by his friend, Alexander Baring, first Lord Ashburton, to acquire the adjacent plot to his own in Alverstoke, as a summer residence. Croker had been Secretary to the Admiralty from 1809 to 1830. The house was visited by Robert Peel, the Prime Minister and the Duke of Wellington.
The house is shown on the Tithe map, 1840, together with the much larger plot of Bay House of Lord Ashburton. It is shown with a track running south to Stokes Bay, giving access to the beach. The Census, 1851, notes a retired Lt Gen, Henry Bunbury living in the house with a considerable staff. After the death of Croker in 1857, the 14 year old Prince Alfred Ernest, the future Duke of Edinburgh, stayed at Alver House for a year from October 1857-58 while he was pursuing naval studies. He was placed under the care of the Reverend W R Jolly of Alver Bank.  His tutor whilst studying was Lieutenant Cowell.

In 1857 it was reported that His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales had been staying at Alver Bank with his brother Alfred and the Court Circulars frequently reported the coming and going of Prince Alfred:

“The Prince rode to the Clarence Yard in an open top barouche, attended by his brother, Lieutenant Cowell, R.E. and an equerry, and embarked thence on board the Fairy, and proceeded to Osborne to join the Queen. It is currently reported that her Majesty purposes purchasing Alver-bank as a marine residence for Prince Alfred, and that a pier will be run out opposite his residence for the use of the royal family for embarking or disembarking from Osborne”.

It is probable that this pier was not constructed for Her Majesty. She did not purchase Alverbank although she did visit her son there. An entry in her Journal on 10th December 1857 confirms this:

“Already a month today that our beloved Victoria was taken from us, in that awfully sudden manner! certainly thinking of her and longing to see her, Alfred left directly after breakfast to visit forts. At 12 embarked in the ‘Fairey’ with the 2 girls , the Duchess of Athlane and Gen Gray, landing in Gosport Dockyard and driving to Alverbank Cottage which took us 1/4 of and hour. It is very nice, very small, but very snug. The dining room is very pretty, close the to seashore. There are four nice little rooms upstairs and a nice dining room in which we lunched. Good Affie as proud as a king met us in the Dockyard with …

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