Hampshire Journals

The Eateries of Hampshire

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A travel journal to Hampshire by frangliz

Parchment Makers (The) Photo, Havant, England More Photos
Quote: The eateries included in this journal range from a gem of a cafe in a small town to a pan-Asian restaurant in the city of Winchester. I live in Hampshire myself, and it certainly has a huge variety of restaurants and cafes that I am still discovering.

Parchment Makers (The)

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Restaurant | "Lunch and Conversation on the Cheap"

Parchment Makers (The) Photo, Havant, England
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In a small town such as Havant, one is not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to having lunch out. Lunch at the arts centre would usually be very pleasant, but the friend I was meeting cannot eat either dairy or wheat products and on a previous occasion the arts centre menu offered nothing that was suitable for her.We opted for The Parchment Makers, a branch of J. D. Wetherspoon on the corner of West Street. The interior decor is like that of a ship with huge metal columns bound by ropes at the top and a wooden ceiling. The area by the bar tends to be populated by mostly by men drinking, and there are the usual fruit machines. Passing through there, you reach the family area where chi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2009

Parchment Makers (The)
1 Park Road North
Havant, England PO9 1HE
+44 023 9247 4023

Spice Village Emsworth

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Restaurant | "Big Indian in a Small Town"

Spice Village Emsworth Photo, Emsworth, England
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Considering Emsworth is such a small town, it has a surprisingly good choice of restaurants. A couple of them are right out of my price range, but the Spice Village, an Indian restaurant right in the centre of town, offers very good Oriental cuisine that is affordable as well.Spice Village took over one of Emsworth's pubs a few years ago, and it is surprisingly spacious – larger than any Indian restaurant I've been in Southsea, for example. We arrived at about 6.15pm one Sunday evening, and things were still very quiet. I suggested we take a small table as there were only two of us, but the waiter encouraged us to sit at a table for four as my son had a tripod and camera bag and I had a co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Spice Village Emsworth
47 High Street
Emsworth, England PO10 7AL
+44 1243 379222

Royal Oak Havant

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Restaurant | "Dining in a Sixteenth Century Cottage"

Royal Oak Havant Photo, Havant, England
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The Royal Oak pub in Langstone, near Havant, is located in a row of three terraced cottages that date from the sixteenth century. It has been a pub for more than three hundred years, and some of the original beams and fireplaces still remain. It is situated at the north-eastern end of Langstone Harbour, with Hayling Island just to the south. There is a fine view looking towards Thorney Island and Chichester Harbour, with Langstone Mill just a few yards away. You can see swans, ducks and perhaps white egrets by the shore and on the mill pond nearby. It is a beautiful spot.We arrived at about 6.45pm one Sunday evening in May, having walked from Havant railway station along the Hayling Billy ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2010

Royal Oak Havant
19 Langstone High Street
Havant, England PO9 1 RY
+44 023 9248 3125

Driftwood Cafe Emsworth

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Restaurant | "Emsworth's Best Kept Secret"

Driftwood Cafe Emsworth Photo, Emsworth, England
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Having read nothing but favourable comments about the Driftwood Cafe in Emsworth, I was eager to sample its delights when I next visited the little town. It was about 2.45pm one Saturday afternoon. The cafe doesn't look anything special from the outside, but we ventured in and were surprised that it extends back quite a way. There is a garden at the back as well, which I'm sure would be delightful in warmer weather. We were lucky to find a free table for two and sat ourselves down. No sooner had we started to look at the menu that a young waitress came to take our order. We explained that we hadn't really had time to decide yet, so off she went. Hardly a couple of minutes passed before another very po...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2011

Driftwood Cafe Emsworth
44 The High Street
Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7AW
01243 3777373

Ask Restaurant Petersfield

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Restaurant | "Pizza and Risotto for the Asking"

Ask Restaurant Petersfield Photo, Petersfield, Hampshire
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Although Petersfield in Hampshire is only a small town, it has its fair share of restaurants. Pizza Express was the first of the Italian chains to open there, but Ask now have a branch on the High Street. We had come to Petersfield one Sunday afternoon in February with the intention of walking round the lake, but when we got there it was pouring with rain. We decided to have some lunch while waiting and hoping for an improvement in the weather, and we decided to try Ask.I had been to Ask in Bath about two years before and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to seeing how the Petersfield version of Ask measured up. It was 2pm when we went in, and the waiter who greeted us said we could cho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2011

Ask Restaurant Petersfield
19 High Street
Petersfield, United Kingdom GU32 3JT
01730 231113

Dim T Dim Sum

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Restaurant | "Having sum dim"

Dim T Dim Sum Photo, Winchester, England
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It's not surprising that a city like Winchester with all its attractions has plenty of restaurants to choose from. We had recently been to Italian chain restaurants in Petersfield and Salisbury and wanted something a little different. Walking towards the cathedral in the morning, we had passed dim t, a noodle bar on Jewry Street, and around 3pm we decided to make our way back to it.There were three of us and we chose a table to one side, towards the back. We might normally have chosen a table by the window, but there was a party of about a dozen young people there celebrating a birthday. Surprisingly, they were not noisy, but we didn't want to risk sitting right next to them. Our table was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2011

Dim T Dim Sum
8-9 Jewry Street
Winchester, England SO23 8RZ
01962 843000