Yesterday evening I was fortunate enough to attend the Southsea Beach Cafe’s official opening bash. Having missed their soft opening due to a busy summer schedule, it was great being able to hang out and discover all the minor details that make up Southsea’s newest beach attraction. Located on the site of the old food huts opposite Canoe Lake, SBC is a stone’s throw away from the pier and right on the seafront. Clad in stylish wood decking, it has a minimalist organic surf shack vibe and boasts a frankly breathtaking view of the sea courtesy of their extensive deck. The next thing you notice is that SBC has been branded down to a tee. Local designer Tristan Savage took on the job of creating a specific identity for the bar / restaurant; from the iron gates through to the menus and logos. Small details incorporated into the staff’s uniforms adds to create a strong and unified look.
Aside from the fast flowing prosecco and beer was a truly awesome variety of canapes, snacks and desserts: each as delicious as the other. The menu prices were very fair considering the nature and location of the establishment, and if the tasters are anything to go by they have found an excellent head chef. Personally I am looking forward to visiting on an autumnal day, when the summer buzz has died down and SBC have properly found their groove. I believe a rainy evening’s dinner with the roof down, heaters on and a grey turbulent sea would be just as enjoyable as the blazing sun. SBC will no doubt do very well for itself, and during these times this is exactly what our seafront needs. Hopefully a restored pier and more investment of this nature will help regenerate an area of Southsea we should pride ourselves on.