Some 81% of Portsmouth’s visitors head to a restaurant, café or pub at least once during their trip, so it’s high on the agenda for many people. Thankfully, we have a large number of restaurants available – from greasy spoons to award-winning French eateries – that should mean nobody goes hungry.
A popular option for many visitors is Gunwharf Quays – as it offers some big-name brands with cuisine from around the world. Here, you can eat British (The Old Customs House), French (Café Rouge, Brasserie Blanc), Italian (Zizzi, Strada, Carluccio’s), Asian (Wagamama) and more. Plus, the centre’s coffee shops, bars, nightclubs, cinema and bowling alley offer plenty of evening entertainment alongside the shopping.
Old Portsmouth is an area typically frequented by in-the-know locals. The gastropubs here offer hearty British meals, with some of them enjoying views of the busy harbour. Getting between Gunwharf Quays and Old Portsmouth can be trickier than it looks for tourists, but the chain motif of the Millennium Promenade should sufficiently guide the way.
Southsea’s Osborne Road and Castle Road are havens for quirky, independent eateries. It’s a popular place for tourists who want to sample something a little different to the norm – whilst also having the benefit of many different places within close proximity. Here you can find burger joints, tapas bars, pie places, Chinese restaurants and rib shacks, all within a stone’s throw of one another. Plus, with more bars and restaurants on offer along the southern end of Palmerston Road, there’s yet more choice for food, or somewhere to go afterwards.
Albert Road, meanwhile, is probably best known for its Indian cuisine. Whilst there are alternatives along this fiercely independent stretch of road, the curry houses remain a favourite. Testament of this is the sheer number of them which have been in operation for decades. The sign above The Akash, for example, proclaims that it has been in operation since 1978, even though more recent findings date it as being older still.
Alternately, there are restaurants in Portsmouth that cater to an audience looking more for fine dining. Restaurant 27 on Burgoyne Road has been named by TripAdvisor visitors as the best restaurant in the whole of Hampshire, whilst Palmerston Road’s Bistro Montparnasse has featured in the vaunted Michelin Guide since 2005.