There are many places in Portsmouth that are well-loved by locals – and one of the most famous of these places is The Tenth Hole. Located in a prime location on Southsea seafront, The Tenth Hole is humble and welcoming, serving up homemade cakes (baked daily), thick sandwiches, afternoon tea and more. They’re adjacent to a 9-hole golf course, so if you fancy a little pitch & putt you can play a round after your food!
The Tenth Hole is open daily from 8am – 5pm, and they are so popular that you’ll often find hopeful customers queing out of the door and down the street. So, if you’re heading there for breakfast – arrive early!
We headed over at 3pm for afternoon tea, and the lunchtime rush had just died down – so we grabbed a seat in the sunny conservatory and settled in.
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The Tenth Hole is famous for their homemade cakes, which change daily – you’ll find classics like victoria sponge and lemon drizzle, and a range of alternatives – there are even cakes suitable for vegan diets!
The Tenth Hole serves breakfast until 12pm, which is perfect for leisurely mornings, and lunch is served from 12pm until close. As we arrived a little later in the afternoon, we decided to order the high tea to share between us, coming in at £12.50 per head and served with your choice of Teapigs tea.
The high tea comes with a selection of sweet and savoury treats, and some freshly made finger sandwiches. On our high tea plates we had a scone with clotted cream & jam, smoked salmon, ham & tomato sandwiches, a savoury pesto pastry, lemon drizzle cake, rocky road, macarons and what tasted like a raspberry mousse.
A lot of food – and it was all delicious! The high tea from The Tenth Hole is one of the best afternoon teas I’ve had. The baked goods were all freshly made and light, the sandwiches were generously filled and the mousse was delightful.
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The main question here is – how do you take your scones? Jam on top or bottom?
Personally, I’m a cream on the bottom, jam on the top kind of person – it’s the only way for me!
We had a lovely afternoon at The Tenth Hole, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to visit a place I’ve heard so many good things about!
I’m already planning on heading back to The Tenth Hole to have breakfast (and perhaps a large slice of cake). You can have a browse of the menu at The Tenth Hole here.
It’s ideally located on the seafront in Southsea, and if you do visit you’ll find plenty of parking nearby. You can park outside The Tenth Hole if you’re lucky, or there’s the Canoe Lake car park a 5 minute walk away.
If you decide to visit The Tenth Hole, let me know – and if you share any posts on Instagram, make sure to tag me!
While you’re here, you might also like to have a read of my Hampshire Food Guides – my guides to the best food in Hampshire!