Now that’s what I call a meal with a truly historic view

One of the tables at the Mary Rose Museum
One of the tables at the Mary Rose Museum
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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IT’S a table with a unique view – a panoramic view of Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose.

And now, you have the chance to eat there as part of a new scheme at the Portsmouth museum that is home to the ship.

The Mary Rose Museum has launched Upper Deck Dinners, which gives groups of between 20 and 40 the option to dine there.

In a first for the museum, guests will enjoy first-class catering while looking down at uninterrupted views of the restored timbers of the ship.

Head of operations at the museum Paul Griffiths said: ‘Upper Deck Dinners very literally takes the experience of holding a corporate event at the Mary Rose Museum up a level.

‘It truly is an experience like no other.

‘Guests feel almost as if they are within touching distance of the Mary Rose, and being seated for dinner on the upper deck is as close as you can get to dining on the ship herself.

‘Since the museum relaunched in 2016, the feedback from our corporate guests has been overwhelmingly positive.

‘I am delighted to be able to take our offering that one step further with this new option for guests looking for something extra special.

‘It is a truly premium experience which cannot be replicated elsewhere and one which guests will talk about for a long, long time to come.’

A museum tour is included, and guests can also use the venue’s Bridge Balcony from where they can enjoy a drink
and spectacular views across the harbour.

From there, they will be able to see historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, along with any visiting warships. For information, go to maryrose.org/venue-hire.