IT MAY only have been open for six months but Southsea taproom Croxtons has already won acclaim for its roast dinners.
The venue, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, has been voted one of the four best in the UK – and the best in the south east – by the Unilever Foods British Roast Dinner Week Awards.
It started selling roast dinners on a Sunday in September – offering chicken, beef, lamb or nut roast.
Head chef Brad Morley said: ‘We go the extra mile, it’s the extra bits that you get with our roast dinners that sets them apart. For example with the lamb we also use lamb faggots from Buckwells and with the chicken we use stuffing meat from Bransbury Park Butchers.
‘We put a lot more into it. We make it ourselves and we use local suppliers. It is good to be recognised. It is a compliment to the whole team.’
The business came about when four friends decided to join up. Simon Gardiner, Paul Clilverd, Lee Carter and Matt Howarth pooled their talents for bar management, business and interior design and transformed the former convenience store into the bar.
Simon, who is also a director at Carrington West, said the venture had paid off and they were proud to have established themselves as one of Southsea’s top food and drink businesses.
Simon said: ‘It’s gone really well. The feedback has been great. We have tried to appeal to a healthier eating market, with some extra vegan options, and people have gone wild for our cauliflower tacos.
‘We created a place that we would want to eat and drink in with our friends - and that’s why it’s been so successful.’