Love Your Local: The Wine Vaults, Southsea

RELAXED David Hayter from Southsea enjoys a pint in the Wine Vaults. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131860-4)
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A first-floor restaurant and a new range of beers has made one pub modern but with a funky twist.

The Wine Vaults, in Albert Road, Southsea, was built in 1987.

It was created by knocking through a row of shops, creating what would become one of Southsea’s most popular evening venues.

The pub is known for its eccentric interior decor but with a modern kitchen and a refurbishment, the pub has a new look.

Last August it was transformed but it still has the atmosphere which makes it a favourite with visitors to Albert Road.

The restaurant has an open pizza oven allowing customers to see their food being cooked.

For manager Lucy Mannering the restaurant makes the pub even more diverse.

The 30-year-old said: ‘We were always known as being quite a diverse and unique pub.

‘Now with the restaurant we can cater to more people’s needs and I think people like the fact that they can see their food being cooked.

‘Also, it is upstairs on the first floor which is nice because you still get the benefits of the music and the atmosphere of the pub but without the hustle and bustle.’

The Wine Vaults has a lot to offer diners when it comes to their menu.

With deals like Monday Madness, where a range of offers are on all day, and Tuesdays where pizzas are ‘buy one get one free’, the pub is a growing hotspot for food.

The pub also has £5 off every bottle of wine on a Wednesday ensuring there is a treat every night of the week.

It also has live music with free entry every Thursday and a DJ every Saturday.

This, combined with staying open later, makes it a favourite with visitors to Albert Road.

Sophie said: ‘We have a regular customers but we also have new people who want to see what we’re like.

‘I wouldn’t say we attract certain people because our Friday night crowd is quite different to our Saturday night crowd.’

Once a month it holds a special event and tonight it is celebrating July 4.

Sophie added: ‘We are having a specially themed evening for American Independence Day.

‘We are going to have music, like every Thursday, but we are also going to have banners and decorations.

‘Staff will also be dressing up for the evening so it should make for a good laugh.

‘American-style food will be on our menu and we are also launching our new range of beers.’


HAVING been part of the Fuller’s pub chain for seven years, Sophie Mannering enjoys her job.

The 30-year-old has been manager of the Wine Vaults for three years and has loved every minute of it.

She said: ‘I think the history of the pub and the atmosphere really makes it a great place to work.

‘We are different from other pubs in Albert Road and, even though it is the same company, the Wine Vaults isn’t like the other pub I was manager at.

‘For me, I don’t think anything beats the fun and excitement of working in a pub.

‘You meet so many people, some just once but others again and again.

‘And, now we have the restaurant, we meet other characters and more families which is lovely.

‘It is just a great place to work.’

The first-floor restaurant was built in August and has an open pizza oven which gives customers the chance to watch their pizza being cooked.

Along with themed evenings and live music, Sophie is looking forward to what the future hold.

She added: ‘I am excited to see what else we can do here.

‘We have such a big space which means we have quiet areas and louder parts which suit everyone.

‘Now we have the restaurant I am looking forward to the future and seeing what other things we can do.

‘At the moment, I think what we have it great and I think customers like how we have become more modern but kept the traditional atmosphere and the decor.

‘It really is a great place to manage.’