The Southsea Food Tour – Casa De Castro

A while ago someone sent me a message recommending Casa de Castro and I replied, ‘I’ve been there before actually and I love it there.’ So, it’s a surprise that it has taken me this long to review the quaint, French inspired coffee shop. This café can easily be ignored amongst all the chaos and … Read moreThe Southsea Food Tour – Casa De Castro

Castle Road Summer Fayre: Quintessentially Southsea

On the first weekend of August, I travelled down to Castle Road for their Summer Fayre, sponsored by Southsea’s Coastguard Studio. Castle Road is home to many popular independents including the infamous Pie and Vinyl (see my review as part of the Southsea Food Tour, coming out this Thursday) and Tony Wood hair salon in the old Victorian … Read moreCastle Road Summer Fayre: Quintessentially Southsea

Southampton Officially Noisier Than Portsmouth

The study asked local councils across the UK to provide details of nuisance noise complaints received over the last three years. Data was received from 308 local councils, including both Portsmouth and Southampton. Kensington and Chelsea was revealed as the noisiest authority area in the country, with 87.55 complaints per 1000 people. Southampton reported 13.86 noise … Read moreSouthampton Officially Noisier Than Portsmouth

Portsmouth University Library: A Trove of Historical and Cultural Treasures

On the 25th July, the University library invited the public on a tour of their special collections for the first time. Their impressive array of maps, rare books, artwork and archive materials were unveiled alongside a talk that no member of the public has experienced before. All for free. There were about 15 of us … Read morePortsmouth University Library: A Trove of Historical and Cultural Treasures

Portsmouth’s New Writing Retreat: Fruitful or Fruitless?

Writer’s HQ (WHQ) are the new kids on the writing block in Portsmouth and last Saturday they made their mark with their first writers’ retreat in the city. WHQ have been running for over 5 years now and was started by Sarah Lewis as a way to escape her screaming children and crack on with her writing. She … Read morePortsmouth’s New Writing Retreat: Fruitful or Fruitless?

9 Years to Buy a House: The Curse of Home Buyers in Portsmouth

New research from MoneySuperMarket this week revealed that it would take couples in Portsmouth a minimum of 9 years to pay off their mortgage and own their home outright. In other areas of the country, it would take them 27 years. The new research utilises data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Land … Read more9 Years to Buy a House: The Curse of Home Buyers in Portsmouth

The Southsea Food Tour: Shorties

I love steak. No, I really do. I adore it so, when I saw a large, red sign outside the front of Shorties with ‘steak’ in capitals, my body automatically pulled me closer. I had been recommended Shorties before countless times by friends and my boyfriend. He had visited last year and said he loved … Read moreThe Southsea Food Tour: Shorties