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

Holmes Fest 2017 Celebrates Conan Doyle in Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s very first Holmes Fest is coming up on 28th June, celebrating the world’s most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, and their relationship to the city. Holmes Fest host and local writer, Matt Wingett, reports. Wednesday 28th June sees the very first Holmes Fest to be held in the town where 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

Getting Our Heads Round Grief

Grief is a natural response to the loss of something, or somebody, very dear to us. Portsmouth-based writer and motivational speaker Rikki May shares his hard-earned advice on the subject. It’s inevitable that all of us will experience loss at some point. Loss affects so many people and in a variety of ways. There’s an 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

A Slice of Toast

By Christine Lawrence There I am, one day, just walking back from dropping my car off at the workshop, feeling really good about myself and determined to enjoy the morning sun. I’m thinking about losing weight and wondering how long it’ll take to get home. The walk should take about an hour, I figure, when Read more

STAR POems: Other Things the Soldiers Carried

By Sue Toogood Albert carried humbugs, until they were gone. Mehmet Ali carried his betrothed girl’s scent. Jack carried the memory of an intoxicated starry night. Farooq carried the pain of foot calluses and had broken sandals. Rahman carried a taste memory of warm baklava. Arthur carried the news that Myrtle would bear his child. Read more

The Case of the Naval Expert and the Missing MP

A number of authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and HG Wells, have connections with Southsea, although they wrote little, or nothing while they lived there. Frederick Thomas Jane (1865-1916), the eponymous founder of Jane’s Fighting Ships, produced some twenty books while dwelling in Southsea and gained a worldwide audience in the process. Portsmouth-based historian Richard Brooks Read more