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Kitsch n Dor, Portsmouth

Kitsch N D’or, Portsmouth (UK) CLOSED

UPDATE 22nd August 2015: Kitsch N D’Or has closed.

The wonderfully named Kitsch N D’or is a very charming French restaurant in Southsea that has been a firm favourite of mine over the years. You will find it tucked away in a quiet residential street which is lined with a mixture of period houses and modern builds. The restaurant has an attractive blue and white shop front. Inside, you will find a homely and relaxed atmosphere, with wooden tables and French signs and pictures on the wall. The food is described as ‘provincial French’ and the menu changes regularly. Continue reading

Weymouth donkey rides

Manbo’s Bistro, Weymouth (UK)

Cuisine: British / Mediterranean

I am very fond of English seaside towns. I love the remnants of a past age in holidays – piers, amusement arcades, bandstands, donkeys… I also find something rather sad about out of season seaside towns when the beaches are empty and some hotels and restaurants are closed. We stayed in Weymouth earlier this year while it was just out of season and before the arrival of crowds of holiday makers.

The curiously named Manbo’s Bistro is a family run restaurant near the harbour which serves a range of food, from sandwiches and jacket potatoes at lunch time, to seafood and pasta at dinner time. They are open throughout the year but the days do change depending on high or low season, so it is best to check before you go. We went on a cold evening when the town and most of the restaurants were pretty quiet. The decor is cosy and inviting, with wooden tables and low lighting. Continue reading

Truffles of Southsea

Truffles of Southsea, Portsmouth (UK) CLOSED

UPDATE 11th August 2016: Truffles has closed.

I remember going to Truffles a few years ago and was charmed by the food, the ambience and cosy decor. Truffles was a French restaurant that served escargot, mussel velouté and, as the third course of a four course set meal, a huge cheese board. The background music was (obviously) French chanson. I was very sad to see the restaurant close as it seemed to be doing well and it was a lovely treat. So, I was pleased to find out that while I was away on a long trip to Australia, Truffles had reopened as Truffles of Southsea Continue reading