Hampshire is full of great places to visit along the coast – but my favourite place to go to on a sunny weekend is Portsmouth. Whether you’re in the mood for some outlet shopping at Gunwharf Quays, a dose of culture at the Historic Dockyard, an afternoon in the aquarium or a stroll along Southsea Beach, Portsmouth has something for everyone, and the city really shines when the sun is out.
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A couple of weeks ago (and again yesterday morning!) I headed down to Southsea seafront for a spot of breakfast at Southsea Beach Cafe.
You’ll find the cafe right on the beach, next to South Parade Pier and Canoe Lake (where there is plenty of parking, FYI). Head on in, grab a table and soak in the view over the water. Make sure that you arrive by 9am if you’re heading down for breakfast as they fill up fast!
We were lucky enough to visit for breakfast on a beautifully sunny, crisp winter day – and sat in their conservatory next to the fire felt just like a warm, summer day. If you’re a dog owner, the Southsea Beach Cafe welcome dogs with open arms – making it the perfect spot if you’re out for a walk along the seafront.
Freshly squeezed orange juice with a view over the Solent – perfect!
My breakfast date was my lovely friend Bex – a fellow blogger and one of my closest friends. Have a nosy at her blog here. Armed with cappuccinos and fresh OJ, we hunkered down for a morning of catching up and chatting away – the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning!
We couldn’t decide what we wanted to order – everything is just so tempting – so we ended up ordering two meals and sharing both. Our first choice was the Scallop & Bacon Bap – served in a brioche bun, smothered with aioli and with a sprinkling of rocket, this is without a doubt one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Big, juicy scallops, thick, crispy bacon and a generous helping of garlic mayo left me wanting another one. If you visit – make sure to order one!
Just look at that. Yum.
Our second choice to share was the Breakfast Burrito – scrambled eggs, bacon, mozzarella, avocado and salsa all served on a tortilla wrap. Fresh and light, with a great combination of flavours. Something I’d definitely order again (although not quite as tasty as the scallop & bacon bap – it was just SO delicious).
All washed down with another round of coffees (they do offer dairy alternatives, which is brilliant) and a couple of berry smoothies.
After spending hours chatting away over breakfast, we headed out onto the beach to enjoy the weather and go hunting for shells – because what else do you do when visiting the seaside?
South Parade Pier is open to the public, so if you’re interested you can walk along it and enjoy the views over Southsea Beach.
I enjoyed my visit to Southsea Beach Cafe with Bex so much that I insisted that Tom and I head back for breakfast this weekend as well! So, yesterday morning we drove down to the seafront and grabbed a table at 9am – keeping our fingers crossed that the sun might come out again.
As I’d been eagerly telling Tom just how delicious the Scallop & Bacon Bap was, we decided to order one to share in addition to our own meals – because why not?! We both opted for Smashed Avocado on toast, with a side of Bacon for him and a side of smoked salmon for me. Perfectly cooked poached eggs, delicate salmon and fresh bread made for a very good breakfast.
So, after two visits and trying several of the breakfast choices on offer, I can confidently say that Southsea Beach Cafe serves up some of the best breakfasts in Hampshire. Excellent food cooked with locally sourced ingredients, friendly staff, a wood-burning fire and stunning views over the ocean make for the best breakfast spot around.
What are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Southsea Beach Cafe for a brilliant breakfast next weekend! Find their website here.