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

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 Southsea Food Tour: Aurora Café and Lounge

In a brand new series for S&C, journalist and food critic Emily Priest will be visiting Southsea’s most delectable diners, exquisite eateries and luscious luncheonettes. Named after the statue above the Kings Theatre, Aurora Café and Lounge has been in business since 2015 when it replaced Magick Bean. Since then it’s been making a big Read more