Enjoy history and style at Old Portsmouth restaurants
If you are looking for a romantic meal for two or a special venue for a family celebration, there are some lovely independent restaurants in Portsmouth's Old quarter. This historic area is packed with history and beautiful pastel-painted houses. On the southernmost tip of the island, you will see English Heritage signs everywhere and hints of a seafaring, rowdy past where press gangs roamed the pubs to look for drunks and where Nelson sailed out of port to the Battle of Trafalgar. Stand by Spice Island to see the ships, boats and ferries sailing in and out of Port and admire the Spinnaker tower and the illuminated front of Gunwharf Quays. In Old Portsmouth the restaurants tend to be independent, small and very exclusive. You will find superb French, English and Italian venues which are regularly frequented by those in the know, and which boast fine cuisine and award-winning chefs. The wine lists are also wonderful at Old Portsmouth restaurants - many customers here have sophisticated tastes which the proprietors are more than happy to satisfy! This area is also lovely to stroll around after your meal, and if you go in the day you can visit Portsmouth Dockyard and see historic ships including Victory and the Mary Rose Museum.