I have a very love / hate relationship with my home town. There are many aspects of Portsmouth that I don't particularly like, but every now and again I find somewhere that changes my mind and reminds me that actually it's not all that bad.
Most of these places are in Southsea, or Albert Road to be precise. It's definitely my favourite place in Portsmouth full of quirky vintage and antique shops, a few pretty darn cool pubs and bars, and a hell of a lot of places to eat. Now, don't get me wrong, there's pleanty of grim Chinese take-aways and questionable restaurants along Albert Road, but if you know where to look then there is a handful of absolute gems. I'm going to start a little guide-to-Southsea series in which I will be showcasing some of my favourite cafes, shops, and restaurants in the Portsmouth / Southsea area. Starting today, with The Garage Lounge!
The Garage Lounge is a small cafe right on the corner of Albert Road and it's probably best known for its vast range of teas and amazing home made cakes. It also sells all sorts of different coffees and usually has some fresh lemonade or juice in big vats with little taps on. I chose the raspberry and elderflower lemonade this time which arrived with blueberries for garnish. Cute! Alongside the incredible cake creations there is also a food menu with a wide range of fresh, healthy meals, so you can always justify that huge slice of Oreo cake for dessert.
If you're in the Southsea area I highly recommend trying out this cafe, whether you're meeting your friend for coffee and cake, or you're on a low key dinner date with your other half.
I hope you enjoyed this post - look out for more to come in the future!