Beyond Southsea Food: Choc & Truffle

It’s easy to forget that Portsmouth isn’t just Southsea, that hidden gems are scattered across the entire island and not only down by the sea. Food critic Emily Priest goes off the beaten track and finds a little-known chocolate paradise. Tucked away in a street in Hilsea is a little chocolate studio. You may not Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: Parade Tea Rooms

Food critic and reviewer Emily Priest continues her Southsea Food Tour at the Parade Tea Rooms, a seafront eaterie transformed by a local entrepreneur and housed in an old sub-station. It’s hard to believe that, 18 months ago, a sub-station stood where the charming Parade Tea Rooms now serve rich coffee and moreish doorstop cake. Read more

Election ’17: Close-Up on Flick Drummond’s Voting Record

Ahead of the general election, S&C Ed in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, takes a critical look at MP for Portsmouth South, Flick Drummond’s voting record across a range of issues since her election in 2015, with the help of the full voting records kept by Social issues Voted against allowing a terminally ill person to Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: Huis

Southsea’s very own roving food critic Emily Priest gives a thumbs-up to the smooth vibes, multifarious beers and authentic, tastebud-tickling dishes of the Belgian-themed Huis bar on Elm Grove. I was saddened and shocked to hear in April from owner Simon Docker that Huis had closed its restaurant service after several break-ins that caused thousands of pounds’ Read more

The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Jordan Osborne, S&C online editor and founder/editor of online culture publication Vendor, rounds up the week’s biggest music releases. The new Kendrick Lamar album is the inevitable standout this week but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be furthering your musical horizons. This week’s collection of essential releases is one of the most eclectic of the year Read more

INSIDE: A Pompey Gamer’s Walkthrough

Portsmouth gamer Toxic Buddha takes on a thrilling new animated game, INSIDE, named “Best Independent Game” in the Game Critics Awards. INSIDE follows the journey of a small boy running from a series of mysterious strangers, worm-infested animals and zombie-like humans who appear to have been the victim of a horrific experiment. The game, developed Read more

Diving into the Wreck: ‘How Easy It Is To Slip Into Addiction’

Portsmouth writer and Star and Crescent regular Will Sutton reports on Diving into the Wreck, a moving performance on addiction and recovery by poet Maggie Sawkins and director Mark C. Hewitt, funded by the Big Lottery. “There’s a murderer in my head, and he wants me dead.” Within five minutes of Diving into the Wreck, Read more

Gig Review: The Cat Empire at Portsmouth Pyramids

By Claire Willcox For those not yet in the know, Melbourne’s The Cat Empire seamlessly blend a range of musical genres – reggae, turntablism, jazz, Latin American and ska – into an ear-pleasing, dance-inducing, mash-up. They deliver dazzling, uplifting live shows with a fiesta vibe, which last year over half a million people bought tickets to Read more

Review: Daughter at the Portsmouth Pyramids

By Mia McTigue-Rodriguez Picture this: a student night out that doesn’t involve sticky floors and anxiety pangs. Sound impossible? Think again. The tranquil electro sounds of Daughter are filling the Pyramids and it’s a world away from the bitter January cold and the rowdy streets of Portsmouth. The venue has great acoustics – perhaps something Read more

Portsmouth for Beginners: Part II

In the second part of her Beginners’ Guide to Portsmouth – originally published on her blog – Nica Tomasiello introduces newcomers to Portsmouth’s unique climate and cultural scene. #5: How do you find the general atmosphere of the city? How would you rate it personally? Is it more gloomy-rainy or is the weather fairly dry? Read more