Pompey players get a taste of new restaurant

Pompey players at the official opening of Roosters Piri Piri
Pompey players at the official opening of Roosters Piri Piri
Oli Hawkins picked up head injuries in his first two Pompey appearances  Picture: Joe Pepler

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A new pre-season and a new Pompey team.

The Blues continued to gear up for the 2013-14 campaign at their temporary training base at St John’s College playing fields yesterday.

But then it was time for a spot of getting to know you, with many of the squad total strangers.

Step forward Gunwharf Quays’ new restaurant – Roosters Piri Piri.

The entire Pompey first-team group and coaching staff were invited to the restaurant’s official opening yesterday.

That gave the 24-strong squad the chance to get acquainted in the relaxed surroundings of the restaurant, located just a few metres away from Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower and the city’s waterfront.

Customers had the chance to mingle with the squad as they tucked into their lunches, which varied from Asia to Latin America-influenced food.

The event formed part of the build up to the Taste of Gunwharf Quays, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Blues captain Johnny Ertl enjoyed the restaurant – and the chance to get to know his team-mates in its informal surroundings.

‘It was brilliant. I really enjoyed the food,’ said Ertl.

‘It was interesting to hear it’s one of the only places you can get Halal food in the Gunwharf area.

‘It also gave us the chance to get to know each other a bit more, so it was a good afternoon.’

Restaurant franchisee, Habibur Rahman, was delighted to open his doors to the Pompey squad.

He said: ‘It was great the Pompey boys visited our restaurant. They were full of praise for our nutritious street food menu.’