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

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

The Southsea Food Tour: The Chocolate Lounge

This weekend, just gone, was the launch party of the new Chocolate Lounge on Clarendon Road, Southsea. Owned by Chocablock Limited, they have moved to a swanky new store from their old shop in Copnor. I visited twice over the weekend to try them out but, although I love supporting new and independent businesses, I was … Read moreThe Southsea Food Tour: The Chocolate Lounge

The Southsea Food Festival Frenzy

Saturday. About 50 stalls, maybe more, stretched up Palmerston road and Osborne Road and twice as many people hurried around stuffing their faces. Free to attend, this festival certainly had something for everyone. I started my adventure by St Jude’s Church and worked my way up. I passed pastries and paellas and pans sizzling and … Read moreThe Southsea Food Festival Frenzy

The Southsea Food Tour – Pie & Vinyl

I have almost lived in Portsmouth for a year now and it may come as a surprise to you but I have never been to Pie and Vinyl. I can hear the gasps of a hundred local residents. My friends always asked me why I have never been and tried their legendary pies. I always … Read moreThe Southsea Food Tour – Pie & Vinyl

The Southsea Food Tour – Lou Lou’s Brasserie

I hadn’t heard many good things about Lou Lou’s before I went. “The service isn’t good. They forgot my table booking and were really pretentious. The food is so expensive!” A few people told me, so I never saw a reason to go. Although, that didn’t stop me from staring at the menu every time … Read moreThe Southsea Food Tour – Lou Lou’s Brasserie

The Southsea Food Tour – Porters

Porters is a well-loved pub on Portsmouth’s trendiest road – Albert Road. In the evenings it is always filled with happy drinkers, enjoying their evening with cheap booze in a welcoming environment. I don’t think anyone who lives in Portsmouth can say they have never been to Porters. It’s one of those places like The … Read moreThe Southsea Food Tour – Porters