Located south-west of London, the vibrant university town of Portsmouth is the second largest city in Hampshire and full of hungry students on limited budgets. So, from coast to concrete, here is a list of Portsmouth’s top 10 student eats for a great deal on a meal.
Situated on Portsmouth’s four-mile shingled stretch, Mozzarella Joes overlooks the rippling cobalt depths of the English Channel. From Joe’s Big Breakfast and fish and chips to gourmet burgers and linguine gamberi, the expansive menu is bound to please any palate. And, with an ample interior and an outdoor terrace, this beach bar and grill suits every season.
Fusing the cultural foundations of England together, the Pie & Vinyl, in the seaside resort of Southsea, sets out to satisfy your more nostalgic needs. Providing local tea and pies, this home away from home also sells vinyl records and welcomes local bands and artists.
Overlooking Portsmouth Cathedral, Manna Tearoom is situated right on the high street of Old Portsmouth. Tucked away from the chaotic centre, this classy coffee shop, serving Italian Musetti coffee, also supplies wholesome breakfasts and light lunches and is the perfect place to unwind after a demanding day of lectures.
Celebrating food that makes you feel good, Southsea Coffee Co takes pride in its dishes plus its use of fresh local produce, and every plate paints a picture. From Nordic-spiced porridge with maca and apple to toasted banana bread, vanilla mascarpone, berries and honey, this coffee shop offers an array of well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing concoctions. Belonging to the hasbean community, coffee is also their speciality.
Burrowed under a railway bridge and within close proximity of the university, Feed Café makes the perfect refuelling pit stop in between lectures. Half price from 4pm till late every Monday, this reasonably priced quaint coffee shop specialises in American and Mexican cuisine. With the scent of coffee beans, Belgian cinnamon waffles and tray bakes in the air, and the rumble of trains above, the atmosphere is electric.
Part of the J.D. Wetherspoon chain, The Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a popular pub located right in the heart of Portsmouth, on Guildhall Walk. The building, complete with ceiling cornices, column pilasters and a sweeping staircase, is rather impressive. But, to much surprise, the traditional pub food is very inexpensive.
When all you want is a cosy night in with a Chinese takeaway, Woks Wong won’t let you down. Uniting the flavours of the Orient, this relatively small Asian fusion and Singaporean fast-food restaurant is reasonably priced and bursting with special offers. Based on Elm Grove, not far from the centre, and open seven days a week, delivery is fast, reliable and free in the area.
One of the oldest Indian restaurants in the UK, The Akash remains a local favourite today. Situated on Albert Road in Southsea, this award-winning establishment, with ‘happy hours’ and ‘student meal deals,’ offers great value for money. With the opportunity to eat in or take out, you’ll also have added freedom and flexibility.
For an old-fashioned British pub, be sure to visit the Hole in the Wall. Hidden along Great Southsea Street, this traditional tavern sells a range of cask-conditioned real ales. Light snacks are also available, and there is a retro sweet shop, located behind the bar, with over-flowing jars of sugared almonds, jelly babies and multi-coloured dew drops.
Set opposite The Kings Theatre on Southsea’s Albert Road, The Wine Vaults is an eccentric pub renowned for its eclectic interior. Built in the 1980s, this wooden-panelled pub is warm and welcoming and open seven days a week. Famous for its London Pride-battered cod and chips, there is also a vast selection of stone-baked pizzas and tapas-style dishes.