The English South coast is slowly starting to wake up from about 50 years snooze in a deckchair.
Mike and I went to Southsea yesterday and strolled in the un-seasonal August Bank Holiday sun. Its about ten minutes walk from Portsmouth
Mike and I went to Southsea yesterday and strolled in the un-seasonal August Bank Holiday sun. Its about ten minutes walk from Portsmouthand Southsea rail station.
The highlight is the East Beach which local people seem to decry as decrepit, but we found it delightful.. They have left the beach un-weeded, so plants like sea cabbage and thrift are flourishing. Half way along – just opposite the military museum there is a lovely take away café – they have a real coffee machine in the back of a trailer and do home made bread and butter pudding as well as delicious looking filled rolls. To complete your seaside meal a local ice cream company park nearby.
The really cool thing is the beach deckchairs that you can sit on to drink your coffee. Each one has a container in the arm to support the coffee cup! Those fold out chairs are really comfortable – the high back can also be used as a wind break if it gets a bit nippy.
If you pop into the tourist office you can pick up a map which shows the whole seaside from Portsmouth Harbour right to the ferry to Hayling Island (which runs from the very far end of Southsea front.) (It’s a cycle route – but in fact its quite difficult to hire a bike around here!)
There is a very good leaflet to be had on the works of Thomas Ellis Owen, 1805-1862 who did a series of Nash type terraces and cottages just near to the Southsea town centre. It’s a short walk – all concentrated into a few streets and obviously the posh part of town to live.
But don’t get too excited – Southsea is an expensive place to live – we saw no bargains in the estate agents’ windows! And these agents are obviously good at marketing. The architectural leaflet is sponsored by estate agents DM Nesbit and Co!