British Street Food Awards – South Heats

25th, 26th, 27th June 2019

The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Portsmouth — and Gunwharf Quays, the South coast’s leading designer shopping outlet, is playing host. The southern heat of the 2019 British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s will see the region’s best traders fighting it out to win your vote. At stake? A place in the national finals in London. And the chance to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards finals.

It’s all going off on the Bank Holiday weekend. There will be fun for the kids, with music from Wave 105 and a fully-stocked bar – Gunwharf plaza is repurposing itself as the centre of the street food world. For one weekend at least. Lucky punters will enjoy all the competition dishes. If they’re quick. The free tasters — introduced as part of the BSFA’s new ‘mad minute’ — will mean the people of Portsmouth get to try everything before voting.

“Street food is taking over the world” says Richard Johnson, founder of the BSFAs. “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. Street food is making the world a much nicer place to be.”

Portsmouth Seafood Festival

28th, 29th, 30th/ June 2019

The Portsmouth Seafood Festival returns to Gunwharf Quays this coming June 28/29/30th with an extra day added after the great success of our 2018 event.

With mouth watering Seafood from around the world, this years event is a real celebration of Seafood, the local fishing community and all associated with it.

Event Co-Founder John Pryde commented: “We have gone to great lengths to bring a fresh line up of seafood vendors, various styles of cooking and drawing influence from all around the world. We are also delighted to welcome back many of your favourite attractions from 2018 including Pirates Grog Rum, The Fisherman’s Kitchen and Southsea Beach Cafe, whilst also including some amazing new vendors and attractions to really compliment this family festival.”

John added: “Our Education and Awareness Experience will offer the ideal opportunity for children and adults to chat with professionals and stakeholders from the Seafood Industry including Seafish, Fishmongers Company London & Native Oysters UK.”

Alongside amazing seafood vendors and attractions there will also be Champagne Bars, Craft Beers from Brewhouse & Kitchen Southsea, a new Gin experience from Scotland and our music stage playing live Jazz, Swing & Soul all day. The scene is certainly set for a great weekend to be enjoyed by all the family.

Southsea Food Festival

21st July 2019

We’re looking forward to bringing our farmers’ market to the Southsea Food Festival on Sunday the 21st of July.

Look out for our striped colourful market canopies! Our producers are proud to offer the authentic taste of Hampshire, bringing delights such as locally reared meat, game, sausages, bacon, as well as cakes, fresh vegetables, goat’s cheese, flowers, pies, fudge, cherries, sourdough, gin and more! We also have food to go, with options for veggies & vegans. All made in Hampshire, with local ingredients. #LoveLocal

Gulls Bar will be rolling in for this one! See you there!

Late Sessions welcomes Shakara Soul’s Ben Tier

Fri 29th March

For the upcoming  ‘Late Sessions’ this month, we will be inviting guest DJ, Benjamin Tier. Benjamin is the founder of Shakara Soul, a music platform that curate events concentrating on deep, soulful, jazz-inspired sounds.

Benjamin’s DJ sets have been heavily inspired by Jazz fusions, expect anything from Afro-Beat, Soukous, Pysch and Funk.

Here is the recent mix Ben did for Jazz FM: Stream it here

His DJ  Facebook page  

Shakara Soul Facebook page


To Book Late Sessions

Contemporary Traditional Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Contemporary Traditional Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Fri 12th April

Kings Ship Tattoo are exhibiting a sequence of Contemporary Traditional Japanese Tattoo Motifs. 80 paintings in watercolour from Aaron Willett one of Portsmouth’s finest tattoo artists.
Leading the way and putting ink in since 2004. A rare opportunity to view this study of works, ‘Mark Of The Orient’. Fri 12th April. Doors 7pm.
Sat 13th. 11-5pm