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Carol Godsmark reviews Phipps Café, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Pass by New Theatre Royal these days and you’ll come to a halt as you look up to admire the newly reopened theatre.

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Wheelwright Arms, Havant

Carol Godsmark reviews: Wheelwright Arms, Havant

The 150-year-old Wheelwright Arms, part of the Upham Brewery stable of 12 pubs including West Meon’s Thomas Lord, has changed since being taken over.

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The Hoeford Inn at 250 Gosport Rd, Fareham PO16 0SX.

Carol Godsmark reviews Hoeford Inn, Fareham

From edible plates, bathing in baked beans, gorging on 44 lobsters in 12 minutes or 18 sausages in the time it would take to brush your teeth (three minutes), these are just some challenges which turn food into a joke.

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Melody's 126 Albert Road, Southsea.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Melody’s, Southsea

Melody’s, a coffee shop-cum-takeaway, opened its doors this year on Southsea’s iconic Albert Road strip.

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The Port House at Port Solent

Carol Godsmark reviews: The Port House, Port Solent

Jay Rayner’s recent delicious rant in his Observer restaurant column had a go at restaurants and cafés which think that posting menus and opening times on a website is for mere mortals.

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The White Swan, Bosham.

Carol Godsmark reviews: The White Swan, Bosham

Bosham has no shortage of pubs thanks to its glorious waterside location.

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Gin & Olive, Southsea.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Gin & Olive, Southsea

Food and drink press trips are one of life’s pleasures to understand producers’ ethos or new businesses.

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Masala Gate,Chichester.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Masala Gate, Chichester

The Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant sector faces a host of problems, topped by the government’s tougher line on immigration.

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Huis, Southsea.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Huis, Southsea

Tiny Belgium is mistakenly overlooked despite its rich cultural and sporting heritage. Like Canadians, lumped together with Americans, Belgians are parked alongside the French.

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Haslar Marina lightship.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Trinity Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport

The Trinity Lightship, now a restaurant at Haslar Marina, and named Mary Mouse 2, was commissioned in 1946.

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The Courtyard, Southsea Castle.

Carol Godsmark reviews: The Courtyard, Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle was Henry VIII’s addition to protect Portsmouth. Its thick stone walls are surrounded by a moat, now grassed over, the courtyard and barrel-vaulted spaces beyond the cobblestones housing The Courtyard, a café/Champagne bar.

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The Miner's Arms, Funtley.

Carol Godsmark reviews: The Miner’s Arms, Funtley, near Fareham

Funtley – where’s Funtley you ask? Next to Fareham – has a mention in the Domesday Book, the Earl Godwin’s estate of six villagers and two slaves. Worth £2 in 1066.

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TK snax, Gosport.

Carol Godsmark reviews: TK snax, Gosport

TK snax opened its tiny doors by Gosport’s ferry terminal in 2011, the café one of a few businesses alongside the town’s scruffy bus station.

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Artie's Kitchen, Chichester

Carol Godsmark reviews: Artie’s Kitchen, Chichester

Regular readers will know my view on the explosion of chain restaurants and pubs which have infiltrated our high streets, arcades and countryside and the disappearance of individuality and independence.

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Meadow Farm Nursery Tearoom, Hayling Island

Carol Godsmark reviews: Meadow Farm Nursery Tearoom, Hayling Island

Turn left after crossing Hayling Island bridge to Northney for a feel of going back in time, a sense of unruffled countryside and village life.

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The Invincible, Portsea, Portsmouth.

Carol Godsmark reviews: The Invincible, Portsea, Portsmouth

The Invincible pub, hard by The Hard down a side street opposite Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was, apparently, a bit of a dive.

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Carol Godsmark reviews: Kassia, Drayton, Portsmouth

Kassia is a new Indian restaurant describing itself as ‘a chic and stylish cocktail bar with a twist of spice’.

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The Robin Hood, Havant.

Carol Godsmark reviews: The Robin Hood, Havant

There’s a chair at The Robin Hood with a brass plate stating it was Nat’s chair until 2011 with ‘make mine a double’ etched on it.

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Katies, Gosport.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Katies, Gosport

Katies opened a year ago, the hard-to-find place a five-minute walk from the ferry, the address on publicity incorrect at the time of writing which didn’t help.

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Cackleberrys, West Street, Fareham.

Carol Godsmark reviews: Cackleberrys, Fareham

Cackleberry’s opened in a grade II listed building on Fareham’s West Street seven months ago, the smart upgrade from past tiny Italian restaurant to café becoming a mecca for those who prefer independents over chains.

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