The Staggeringly Good Summer Party 2016.

Each time I write about this brewery I find it really hard to not sound like a complete fan boy. But the truth is, I am. I’m not saying that we didn’t have a great local ale scene before (RIP Oakleaf, still devastated about the news), but Staggeringly Good have thus far hammered every nail on the head. From the bedrock of decent beers to on point branding, local collabs, a kick ass brewery with its’s own bar / shop and now events that feature freshly made food and live music. Its been such a great addition to the scene and I think I quite like the fact that it isn’t on my Albert Road doorstep; makes it more of a destination for people who truly want to be there. Below are a couple of snap from their latest party, with awesome stone baked pizzas, live music, friends and good times. We all felt suitably rotten the next day.

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Eggs Royal / Florentine, Capers Marmion Road.

Continuing on my quest to try this breakfast of champions from as many local places as possible. Just over £7 and not half bad (eggs being done to perfection). Not sure how I feel about the tomato though, simply doesn’t go with it.

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The Americas Cup 2016.

Better weather, better organisation and more crafts watching it from the water. Constantly the best weekend of the year to be out in a boat. Odd seeing the Gosport ferry so far out though.

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The Canteen At Hotwalls Studio.

A number of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be able to check out the new Hotwalls studios and the Canteen eatery which from part of it. Previously known as the ARTches project, Hotwalls Studios has been a long time coming. This small corner of Old Portsmouth has always been an unofficial art space of the city; a series of arches which formed part of what I believe used to be old military barracks (please correct me if I am wrong). Occasionally, in the summer time, you could spot an artists sat in front of their easel painting away, other times you would have painting sales. But as nice as they were, the space was never fully maximised. However despite the protests of the token NIMBYs, this new art installation got the go ahead.

Alongside Ben Ainsley Racing the Hotwalls Studios have really consolidated the area, making Old Portsmouth even more of a destination. Nestled amongst the galleries and wonderfully incorporated into the historical landscape is our new waterfront eatery The Canteen. Brought to you by the team behind The Tenth Hole, The Canteen specialises in deli style food, freshly baked goods and high quality coffee. Inside and out it stays true to the surrounding architecture (a great achievement in itself) and offers perhaps one of the best terraces in the city; virtually on the water in the mouth of the harbour. Whilst the complimentary snacks and drink were great, until a proper visit is scheduled in the jury will still be out on the overall (and all important) quality vs price ratio.

What I do know though, is that cycling by during the America’s Cup and seeing the Hotwall area buzzing was brilliant. Here are to many more summers down there.

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French Spoils Of War.

Merci maman.

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Beer Pit Stop.

Hard not reaching for the Vibrant Forest bottles when at Southwick Brewhouse (as well as local faves). Perhaps one of the best breweries out there.

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Anchor Blue, Bosham.

It’s been a while since my last trip here. Always a pleasure to walk about the local harbours. Stunning at high and low tide. Their dressed crab was top notch too.

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