The Royal Clarence Marina is a modern extension of the historical Royal Clarence Victualling Yard, the so-called ‘navy larder’, so it seems appropriate that this area of Gosport is dotted with some great options if you’re looking to dine out. Boasting a great view over the water to Portsmouth Harbour from its Weevil Lane location (in ‘The Chandlers’, reinforcing the maritime connection), Arty’s at Clarence Marina is a destination if you’re looking for an Italian-inflected menu bristling with artisan pizzas, pasta dishes, antipasti platters to share, or simply a spot in the sun for some rest and relaxation. If you’re on shore leave with a larger group, Arty’s is ideal for part or full private hire, capable of handling all your catering needs.
Arty’s at Clarence Marina is an eclectic space that we’re sure you’ll want to explore. The clue is the name, to be honest, as this Weevil Lane restaurant has oddities and curiosities hanging off of nearly every one of the deep purple walls. Certainly it’s unique in comparison to anywhere else you’ll find in Gosport but much to look at doesn’t mean you’ll struggle to relax. Quite the opposite, in fact, as Arty’s Clarence Marina manages to remain a tranquil and fuss-free spot to enjoy some Italian-inspired food or just a drink.
As a family-run affair, Arty’s at Clarence Marina wants its guests to feel at home and, well, a part of the family, and as well as with the decor they do a damn good job of this with the food. The rustic Italian menu isn’t huge but it’s laced with quality and freshness. Start with stuffed vine leaves and a balsamic glaze, with salt beef bruschetta or with a classic antipasti board. Consider then some penne pasta with your choice of homemade pesto (we like the pine nut), or get involved with some of the finest porchetta pork belly around, complete with dauphinoise vegetables. Last but certainly not least there are classically-topped pizzas, our favourite being The Winner, complete with Napoli salami, spring onion, artichoke, lemon ricotta and truffle oil. Arty’s at Clarence Marina is, quite simply, essential eating when you’re in or around Gosport. Enjoy!
The service was great,it had a lovely atmosphere, the food was amazing been here a few times now with family and friends would highly recommend :)
Good quality food, reasonably priced with great service. What more could you want. We happened to be there when a free beer tasting by Meantime was on, perfect!
Excellent food and great service. Great views too. Family friendly and the kids loved it. Would go again and would recommend to anyone. Good evening
Excellent food, service and atmosphere and in the waterside view of Portsmouth Harbour. A very enjoyable experience for the three of us, with plenty of choice.
Visited Arty's previous restaurant on Gosport Rd and realky liked it's quirky decoration and great food. The new place at Clarence Yard maintains the same feel and is very popular. I tried dining there over the Xmas period, but without a reservation I had no hope! I had some friends visiting at the weekend so it was the ideal opportunity to try again. This time the reservation wasn't actually needed as it was fairly quiet (Sunday lunchtime) but with 8 people it wasn't worth not booking. The staff were very friendly and chatty, and the food was well prepared, hot and tasty - although a little slow in arriving. If you haven't been before then try the Arty's Burger. 5 of us all chose it based on my recommendation and they weren't disappointed! With bacon and blue cheese it's to die for! The kids were also well catered for with their own menu.
Second time here and again enjoyed a lovely meal. The food is both tasty and plentiful and the service excellent. Would have liked to be able to have the option of the entire menu not just the lunchtime one and sundae spoons are needed for the ice creams - so delicious that we didn't want to leave any at the bottom of the dish! These are both small points though and didn't in any way spoil our lunch.
Very friendly and helpful staff, nice atmosphere and décor. I appreciate the fact that it is an Italian theme restaurant with an excellent selection of Pizza and Pasta dishes. Outside of that however choice is limited and given the fact that Arty's is on the waterfront it would be nice to have perhaps a couple of fish dishes and maybe some Risotto. All that said, will definitely be back, to a very nice restaurant.
I live locally so have dined there before. Fairly limited menu but more than enough to satisfy most tastes. Mainly relaxed zitslian with daily specials. Comfy relaxed setting. Friendly helpful staff. Busy even on a Monday. Impromptu birthday dinner when friend came unexpectsntly. Will definitely go back. I had soup, spaghetti bolognaise, friend garlic mushrooms, vegetarian home made pizza. All delicious.
Great venue which will really come alive in the summer when it's warm outside. Eclectic collection of furniture adds to the friendly relaxed atmosphere. Food (in particular the blue cheese burger) is delicious and served with a smile. Good selection of beers and wine at very good prices. The real ales are excellent! Will definitely be back (regularly)
My only regret is that I did not know about this place sooner! We met friends here for lunch. The atmosphere was exactly what we wanted. Service was quick and the food delicious. A very minor personal comment - the plant on the table was withering , and could have been replaced with a candle , for instance.