Enjoy free entry to castle and try the cafe

Matt Pottinger and Nathalie Gunn at the Yellow Kite cafe, which has a daily menu including cream teas and raspberry scones

Matt Pottinger and Nathalie Gunn at the Yellow Kite cafe, which has a daily menu including cream teas and raspberry scones

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You can clamber across the drawbridge and see into the life of Henry VIII on a free visit to Southsea Castle.

The building was one of powerful Henry VIII’s forts and has opened for the summer season with a new addition.

The western bailey of the castle has been refurbished to house a new 60 seat contemporary café, revealing previously unseen Tudor walls.

The Yellow Kite Café officially opened on May 14.

Cllr Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture said: ‘The new addition of a café within the walls of the castle is a real treat and another excuse to pay a visit.

‘I’m sure Henry VIII himself would be delighted with all attention being paid to his historic legacies, such as the impressive development of the Mary Rose museum, and now the cafe at this much-loved castle.

‘The free entry is small token for our residents especially, and we hope many people take the opportunity to visit this impressive landmark, and of course try the refreshments at the café.’

The Yellow Kite café, which also has a café at the D-Day museum, boasts a daily menu which includes such delights as fresh home made soup, cheese and chorizo omelettes and cream teas with raspberry scones.

Gambol Parker, chief executive said: ‘Yellow Kite is a social enterprise which means we’re about serving great healthy food which is also good value for money.

‘And because Yellow Kite is a social enterprise, it means the money we make gets ploughed back into the local community.’

The castle, on Southsea seafront, is open eight months of the year from every Easter, and the cafe will be a permanent addition during these times. The café will be open every day, except Monday until the end of October and has a string of events lined up for the summer.

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