If you thought you knew this historic venue on Marmion Road in Southsea, think again! The Marmion has been recently renovated and rejuvenated, taking a new lease of life as a stylish, smartly designed modern gastropub that still has a strong appreciation of its heritage. It’s a lovely spot for an after-work drink in Portsmouth (the bar is stocked to the gunnels with good grog), but where this gem really comes into its own is in the kitchen. Driven by a dedication to local and British ingredients – delivered fresh every day – The Marmion has an innovative menu that changes with the seasons. Seats fill up quickly, so be sure to book a table before you visit.
Contemporary in its outlook but with heritage at its core, Southsea gastropub The Marmion fills a much-needed gap in the local culinary scene with its excellent lineup of enticing dishes, refreshing drinks and quality entertainment under one roof. Portsmouth locals couldn’t be luckier to be within reach of this Marmion Road gem, which consistently impresses one and all with its convivial atmosphere and five-star service.
Taking centrestage in The Marmion’s kitchen is an abundant supply of fresh and seasonal ingredients that make up the wholesome British fare the restaurant is known for. A few particular favourites you might be lucky enough to come across any time, are the king prawn, avocado and mango salad, carrot, quinoa and tahini burger, and a limoncello cheesecake with raspberry coulis. Whether you’re looking for a place to kick back with a round of after-work drinks or to gather friends and family for a hearty Sunday roast in the Southsea district of Portsmouth, The Marmion is your top spot. Given it’s popularity, however, you’ll want to reserve a table before your visit to snag the best seats.
The food was excellent. My wife had a chick pea curry and the other two of us harissa chicken on potato. The dishes seemed to be individually made rather than the very standard dishes at chains. The service from Matt and Holly was excellent too. We had not been to the Marmion first r a long while but I would recommend it!
Great food and service as always. Good selection of simple foods. Fish dishes particularly tasty especially the enormous fish platter to share for starters. Many thanks
A great Friday night with live music. Food was delicious and plenty of it. Service was excellent. A nice touch with the gin bar. Really well presented drinks and excellent value for money.
Great atmosphere lovely food and helpful staff Extensive menu l had steak vine tomatoes brocilli and doorstep chips. Always a busy pub and great selection of bees and spirits
Well, it’s no wonder the Marmion gets such great reviews having sampled their fayre tonight I can only but agree. We booked a table on line and went straight to the table after ordering drinks about 5:30 PM, nice atmosphere and an ideal setting for a restaurant in a busy, social pub. The girl who served us was very helpful and friendly, difficult when you are the only one front of house, we just got there before the evening staff arrived, so no complaints. I Initially thought it funny there were no starters (trust me, you would struggle to get through mains course with their portion sizes), just olives and bread – bit more than that, bread with salsa dip, bowl of olives, bowl of red peppers with soft cheese and balsamic vinegar dip for the warm bread, lovely and filling which is why our eyes were bigger than our tummies. Mrs B had nachos with cheese and chicken with bowls of sour cream, guacamole and salsa plus jalapeno chillies, quite fiery but very nice. I had battered cod with humungous chips, mushy pea bowl and tarte sauce (all sauces chef prepared). What a gorgeous fish, so fresh too in a thin batter and a large piece too, as good or better than any fish & chip shop. We both went for the GF lemon cheesecake, wowsers, this took the experience to a new level, it was beautiful in every way, artistic presentation with a nice strawberry & a couple of raspberries’, little bowl of sorbet to balance what I can only describe as handmade lemon curd taste to die for and a sumptious cheesecake on a light fluffy base of biscuit. At this point, there was no room for an espresso, I /we were done, you know that over-eaten feeling after a blowout Sunday roast, that feeling… To conclude, you better be hungry
Booked it for a meal for 10, which was in a nice spot in the corner of the pub, food was fantastic and servers were attentive as possible. This is where the issue lay because perhaps really this pub was not the correct location for meals as it was trying to be a restaurant but also a party pub at the same time. The music was a bit too loud at the table, though it was turned down in our corner upon request, and it was difficult once the evening got going to get refreshments from the table or to settle the bill because of how busy it was and how stretched the staff were, as there were waiting tables and tending the bar at the same time. I would recommend this establishment as an after meal venue for a good atmosphere drinking pub. There was a nice selection of beers, ales and particularly an impressive gin selection. Very nice pub, but wouldn't recommend eating the food in the evening, it would be better as a lunch or really early evening restaurant.
Great. I booked online, but was going to be a bit late so when I rang in to say so the girl thanked me for letting them know, which was kind of her considering we were at fault. The table was ready and they gave us a few minutes before asking us what we wanted to drink. They made an effort to ensure my friend avoided certain foods and that we all had what we wanted. The food was fresh and tasty. Very good gin too!
We dined with friends on a Saturday night. We all enjoyed the food and had no complaints about the service BUT the noise of the music was unbearable and completely ruined the evening. We spent the whole time shouting at each other, I have never had a meal like it. In between songs the pub was still noisy, as there were a lot of people, but fine. We asked for the music to be turned down, which it was for about 15 seconds and then turned up again. We could not hear the waiter speaking, who continuously apologised for the noise. I suspect that the music was catering for the regular drinkers in which case the Marion needs to decide if it wants to be purely a drinking establishment or offer good food in a pleasant environment. Pleasant it wasn’t. Sorry but we will not be back
The Marmion tavern provides excellent food and the staff were friendly and attentive. Good for vegetarians with a specific menu section for them. ( a couple of vegan options)
Brilliant service and food excellent. However a very noisy place. Went Saturday afternoon for birthday meal and due to open plan acoustics were really bad. However would not be put off returning as the food was really good. And the service was excellent. Staff were very friendly. Great value the portions were very generous.