January. The excesses of the Christmas season are now memories and thoughts turn to detoxing and embracing healthier life choices. Dry January and the Dryathlon are two charity initiatives where people give up alcohol for the month of January. Veganuary is a campaign to encourage people to become vegan in January while also providing advice and information to help those who wish to transition to a vegan lifestyle. To mark Veganuary, I decided to write about a delightful and independent vegan wholefood shop in Portsmouth which also happens to have a takeaway counter and juice bar, Wild Thyme Wholefoods. Continue reading →
The Italian Bar and Grill is housed in an elegant listed building on Great Southsea Street and is an independent Italian-American restaurant. The building is steeped in local history and I couldn’t resist including a few notes on this at the end of this post for anyone interested. We have visited The Italian Bar regularly and it is one of our favourite places. The menu is big and features typical Italian-American classic such as creamy pastas and various takes on pepperoni pizza, as well as burgers, salads and grills. They also do Sunday roasts. The food is cooked to order which has meant that understandably, we have had to wait for our food during busy times. Continue reading →
I love artisan coffee shops and in the age of Starbucks, Costa and Nero, it is heartening to see independent shops opening. Southsea Coffee Co opened just over two years ago in Southsea in Portsmouth and serves coffee roasted by hasbean. There are espresso based drinks (latte, cappuccino etc) and hand poured coffee (this changes regularly). They can serve you a long black, a coffee I got to love in Australia and one I have rarely seen on offer in the UK. They also serve a selection of special blend teas and herbal teas, hot chocolate and smoothies. In the Summer, there are iced coffees and teas. There is a beverage for everyone!
Steki Taverna is a charming family run Greek taverna that has been established in Southsea in Portsmouth since 1998. The decor is inviting and similar to the tavernas you see in Greece – terracotta tiled floor, wooden tables and beams. They opened a second branch in Brighton in 2006.
Over the years, we must have sampled most items on the menu: as with most restaurants, some dishes are better than others and we are always drawn back to our favourites. There are a good number of meat, seafood and vegetarian choices. This is a good place for vegetarians – most of the hot and cold starters are suitable for vegetarians. Menu items include the usual favourites such as humous, moussaka, Greek salad and baklava. They do not serve one of my favourite Greek dishes sadly, spanakopita, but there plenty of other items to choose from. Continue reading →
UPDATE 22nd August 2015: Kitsch N D’Or has closed.
The wonderfully named Kitsch N D’oris 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 →
I have a small collection of late 80s and early 90s vinyl records (LPs, 7 and 12 inch singles and picture discs – does anyone remember these?!) and I still have a trusty NAD turntable – both records and turntable are ‘in storage’ at my mum’s. I preferred records, while my friends bought cassettes. Back in the day, I would save up and buy records from Woolworths or HMV – both shops are no longer on my high street. How times have changed.
Southsea’s Pie and Vinyl opened in 2012, one of the few new independent records shops to have opened in recent times. However, this is not just a record shop, it is also a pie and mash shop – and probably the only pie and record cafe in the UK. However, I could be wrong. Continue reading →
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 →