Breakfast at Southsea Coffee

Breakfast at Southsea Coffee

Portsmouth is a treasure trove of great breakfast and brunch spots. I feel really spoilt to have all these awesome independents on my doorstep.

Southsea Coffee is no exception and a stellar cornerstone of the local food scene, it’s been thriving since 2013!

Plus it’s within walking distance of Southsea Common and the sea front. There’s nothing like a brisk stroll along the shore followed by food and coffee. That’s how you win at weekends!

Find out why this is one of my favourite places to go…

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20 years of The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

20 years of The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

ad*  This year the Victorian Christmas Festival returned to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to celebrate 20 years of the iconic event that’s become a landmark event in the countdown to Christmas.

As November drew to a close and the first day of advent dawned I knew it was time to get a hearty dose of festive spirit.

And, what better way to capture some of that seasonal magic than with a little bit of Christmas cheer, historic attractions and plenty of entertaining characters!

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Gunwharf Quays Light Show Spectacular 15-23 November 2019

Gunwharf Quays Light Show Spectacular 15-23 November 2019

Well, well, well Gunwharf Quays is pulling it out of the bag this winter and we’re only in November.

Last night I caught the first public showing of the new Light Show Spectacular at the outlet shopping centre in Portsmouth and I’m so glad I did!

Pull on a cosy coat, grab family and friends and go and see this great free show that’s going to spark the start of those festive feelings.

Here’s a slice of the magic to give you a sneak peek…

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Brunch by the sea at Southsea Beach Cafe

Brunch by the sea at Southsea Beach Cafe

Is there anything better than a long, lazy brunch by the sea?

I’m all about the slow Sundays, catching up on my favourite reads and chatting with the best people.

One of my favourite places is Southsea Beach Cafe, it’s bang on the seafront in Portsmouth and its food is fantastic. This post is long overdue!

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Hubbox brings award-winning burgers to Portsmouth

Hubbox brings award-winning burgers to Portsmouth

AD | Whoop-whoop! It’s the sound of the BEEEEEFFFFFF!

This is most definitely a public service announcement for those of you looking for a place to eat in Portsmouth.

Hubbox has thrown open its doors at new digs at Gunwharf Quays bringing amazing Cornish produce and charm to my sunny corner of Hampshire.

It’s won accolade after accolade and been on my foodie hit list for a while.

I was chuffed when the kind folk at Hubbox invited* me to its newest restaurant to try those famous dirty fries out.

Take a look at the dishes I picked from the menu, which is filled with award-winning epic big eats. If you like American street food this one is going to be a piece of you…

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Doughnuts and coffee at Hideout Coffee Company in Portsmouth

Doughnuts and coffee at Hideout Coffee Company in Portsmouth

THIS. This is how you do doughnuts and coffee. Unique sweet treats, super strength caffeine and a beautiful aesthetic. Hideout Coffee Company has it all.

The doughnuts are out of this world. Go now and go early, they sell out so quickly so, do not go unprepared!

I visited after it had been open for six days, and it’s been selling out every single day. For a very good reason too, those doughnuts are AMAZING.

And yes, they are ‘The Finest Coffee Perverts’ in Portsmouth!

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Brunch at Becketts in Southsea

Brunch at Becketts in Southsea

Becketts is the restaurant in Southsea that’s been recommended to me over and over again. It’s been a Portsmouth staple for the last 30 years but came under new management in 2016 and is thriving in the city’s vibrant food scene.

It has an excellent reputation and now I’ve finally managed to visit I totally understand the hype.

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Outside-In serves up street food in Portsmouth

Outside-In serves up street food in Portsmouth

Grab the napkins and prepare for big messy eats, a street food extravaganza has arrived in central Portsmouth!

There’s a storm being cooked up at Outside-In Food Court! Tacos, dumplings and fully loaded burgers are just a few of the foodie offerings on the menu at this market style dining experience.

Plus, Outside-In are going all out trying to tick all the boxes for our beautifully diverse society. I’ll round them up quickly in case on of them catches your eye, here we go…they are cashless, plastic free or recyclable, vegan friendly, gluten free friendly, family friendly and dog friendly. PHEW! Let me catch my breath guuuuurl!

Click on the image to take a look at what’s happening just a few short strides from Portsmouth Guildhall.

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Dinner and cocktails at Cosy Club, Portsmouth

Dinner and cocktails at Cosy Club, Portsmouth

[AD*] Looking for something new in Portsmouth? Is it time for cocktails over a hearty meal? It is? Oh good, then it’s time to get yourself down to the newest restaurant to open at Gunwharf Quays. Cheers!

Cosy Club has a setting that makes you feel instantly at ease. From the fancy lights dimmed low to the retro decor, it has a friendly attitude and a relaxed charm.

The lovely folks from Cosy Club HQ invited me to try the menu and a few tipples of my choice to review and share with you.

Come on in and take a look at the warm and welcoming Cosy Club…

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Making a leather satchel with The Makers Guild

Making a leather satchel with The Makers Guild

It’s not often you can say the garment or bag you’re wearing is one you’ve hand made yourself.

Henry (the taller, more numerically inclined, better half) very sweetly booked me onto a course at The Makers Guild – a leather workshop which teaches you how to make a satchel.

It was an incredible experience, take a look at the journey from punching holes to stitching the bag together.

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