Portsmouth: the Waterfront City. Known as the bustling naval hub of Britain and home to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it was once one of the most fortified cities in the world. Just 60 miles from London, Portsmouth is an ideal destination for visitors wanting to explore the seaside in the UK’s only island city. The Southsea area of Portsmouth is a haven for food-lovers and caters to all tastes. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite or an evening of fine dining, we’ve taken the hard work out and knocked up a handy list of our favourite food spots in Southsea.
Cheese and Cheers
Situated in the heart of the neighbourhood, Cheese and Cheers is a delightfully quaint cheese and wine bar that focuses on “quality over quantity.” Carefully crafted French wines and cheeses are paired with a cosy wooden interior, perfect for a spot of lunch or an after-dinner drink. For an authentic taste of France, try the cheese tasting platter with the house wine, which is served from morning until close.
The striking red exterior of this place sets the tone for their Spanish-inspired dishes before you’ve even walked through the door. With an eclectic menu of tapas (including their famous calamari) and an extensive array of cocktails on offer, this place is ideal for a casual dinner to catch up with friends. A welcoming and laid back atmosphere have made Sant Yago a Southsea favourite, so make sure to book to avoid disappointment.
Ranked the No. 1 restaurant in Portsmouth on TripAdvisor, Restaurant 27 certainly lives up to its reputation. In line with Cheese and Cheers, Restaurant 27 describes their cuisine as “globally French,” combining the French palette with an understated British setting. Considered an upmarket restaurant for a special occasion, their unique tasting menus are Michelin Star-worthy (without the price tag) and the slow-cooked, 30-hour belly of pork is a treat for the taste buds.
Pie & Vinyl
No two things go together better than good music and fine food. Pie & Vinyl is stashed away on Castle Road, but is certainly worth looking for. This hidden gem does as the name suggests, cooking up old fashioned English comfort foods as well as offering a great selection of vintage records on sale. With an unusual hipster vibe, Pie & Vinyl is worth a visit if you’re looking for some satisfying home-grown grub in a cool setting.
Hole in the Wall
It wouldn’t be a trip to the English seaside without venturing inside a traditional British pub. Operated by local couple Jon and Kerri, Hole in The Wall boasts several unique flavours of sausages and mash ranging from Toulouse garlic pork to Oxford pork. Perfect for filling up after a long day of sightseeing, their homemade dishes are best washed down with one of their local cask ales. However, the best thing about this pub might be the least traditional thing about it as this Public House also offers a retro sweetshop which was set up by the owners’ two children, Jay and Maisie.
Whether you’re just passing through or making a day of it in Portsmouth, any of these local haunts are worth a try!
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