The Southsea Food Tour: Home Coffee

Emily Priest continues on her quest to find the best cafes and restaurants in Southsea. This week she finds a Home from home on Albert Road. Southsea is filled to the brim with coffee shops. There’s at least twenty on Albert Road alone. Amongst all the delis and bistros is Home Coffee, a special little Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: The Belle Isle

Our resident gourmand Emily Priest returns with another review as part of her ongoing series on Southsea eateries. With the summer approaching, the Belle Isle has been getting busier and busier with people drinking and laughing outside it in the sun. Now, with a new menu, it’s even more popular so I thought it was Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: Monty’s

In the latest episode of her grand culinary journey around the city, Emily Priest saw an advert for a special tasting event at Monty’s on Castle Road and knew she had to go. I couldn’t refuse the offer of seven courses with seven cocktails. It was the perfect opportunity to review this tucked-away restaurant and cocktail Read more

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 TheyWorkForYou.com. 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