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New Openings

Doug Scobie Southsea

Southsea Seafront Photo: Doug Scobie

Those who are familiar with Southsea seafront will be aware that Rocksby’s fish & chip shop has vanished and been replaced with some building work. The place is set to reopen very soon under the brand new name, The Briny.

Owned by the same people who run two of my absolute favourite spots in the city, The Canteen at the Hot Walls and The Tenth Hole, this place will be taking the humble fish & chip dinner to a whole new level with fresh seafood, cocktails and beers.

Parade Tearooms Brunch

Parade Tearooms Brunch

And that’s not all for Portsmouth with Southsea brunch fave The Parade Tearooms opening their brand new spot in Gunwharf Quays very soon, along with the imminent opening of The Cosy Club (bookings are being taken from Tues 26 Mar) in another part of the swish shopping complex.

Up the road near Odiham, there’s a brand new Turkish and Mediterranean eatery opening up called Kapadokya Mezebar. The doors open on the 29 Mar at what was The Golden Pot pub. It’ll be serving up home-cooked Turkish cuisine to customers with the odd bit of belly dancing thrown in for good measure.

Ryde PierOver on the Island, there’s a brand new cafe opening at the end of Ryde Pier on 1 Apr, in what was the Delicious Cafe.

Called, unsurprisingly, Ryde Pier Cafe, it’s owned by the people behind The Big Kahuna down the road at Appley Beach. They’re going to be selling simple food such as burgers, toasties etc, but with healthy kids choices and vegan fare as well. Nice little spot whether you’re local or stepping off the FastCat or Hover.

Award Winners

The clever beer bods at the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have awarded their 2019 National Pub of the Year award to a Hampshire pub. Hoorah!

beer wonston arms

The Wonston Arms in Sutton Scotney has had a huge transformation in recent years, having been derelict just four years ago. It’s now won the coveted title of “Best Pub in the Country” after its rescue by villager and landlord, Matt Todd, plus a team of dedicated locals from the community. They even have hipster pop up food vans that swing by to feed the customers tasty street food.

And over in the world of weddings, top Winchester bridal boutique Sass & Grace have scooped the award this month for ‘Best British Retailer’ at the 2019 British Wedding Awards.

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