The Florence Arms

4.3
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19 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
The Florence Arms has been an established pub in Portsmouth for decades. Refreshed and reopened in 2015 the pub offers traditional cask ales, craft beers and fine wines alongside traditional and quirky cocktails. We have a varied Gastro Pub menu available from 12pm - 9.30pm daily. Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free catered for.

Groups, families and couples welcome. Dogs permitted in bar area, please notify us if you are bringing a dog or we may not have a suitable table on arrival.

Christmas Menus available.

What 19 People Are Saying
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FS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Portsmouth for the weekend. We booked lunch never having been before. We enjoyed our lunch very much. The food was delicious, vegetables lovely, Yorkshire pudding and gravy smashing. The one thing that let it down was the beef. It was quite tough and chewy, not helped I must say by very blunt knives. Having said this I would recommend it and return if in Portsmouth!

B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food....the pies are something special, and large! Service was a bit random.....seems like three staff were busy serving the restaurant and bar areas. Always very pleasant service though

LM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely delicious Sunday roast. The vegetarian option was excellent

AT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal and our waiter was really lovely

MC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good food, great personal service. Quiet location.

H
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Had pre booked and sat in the bar to eat. Menu wasn't extensive. We ordered the duck dish with tagliatelle. The dish had a very strange flavour and was quite bland. Poor response when asked what Vietnamese duck was! He couldn't tell us what is was. Overall, poor value for money and drinks were expensive. I wouldn't call it a Gastropub. As we were only visiting the area it is very unlikely we would go back again.

F
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff were lovely and welcoming. Excellent level of attention.
Menu is a little limited but better than having a huge one.
Portions adequately generous.
A pity there is not more atmosphere in the dining room!

RJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great stay. Staff , food, room excellent. Great breakfast. Martha was particularly helpful and polite. The Florence gastro pub across the road has fantastic food. Bed a little hard for us but this is a matter of preference. A little disappointed that when we asked for a second night the price went up by £20 so we declined and moved on. Otherwise good value and a great hotel.

TG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor and friendly atmosphere. Delicious food not an extensive menu but very well presented and a good selection of dishes. We were staying at the nearby boutique hotel that belongs to the same group who own the Florence Arms which is a few steps along the Road so very convenient

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The meal was ok at best. The big issue with the meal this evening was the service. After waiting 40 minutes to place a dessert order, I finally had to find an employee and just request the check. Multiple times servers would pass by, look at our table, and then hastily move on to seemingly avoid us. We had two kids with us, but the establishment had kids menus and made no mention of them not being welcome. Assumptions and conjuncture, but regardless there was an issue with the service.

EM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

A little gem hidden in Southsea. Pleasantly surprised the interior and the atmosphere.

CH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere excellent food especially the huge pie. Catered easily for my gluten free. Will definitely recommend to family and friends visiting the area

AT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Over two separate evenings, we saw almost two different restaurants, first night was very good service, friendly, lots of smiling faces, light background music. Food was exceptional, good presentation, really enjoyable.
Next evening, slow service, no ambience, no smiles or friendly greeting. Food was very good. Overall we did enjoy our meals.

AS
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice place, you walk in through a nice bar and then they have a lovely back room restaurant. The service is excellent. My only mild gripe was the size of the salad I order. It really was tiny for the price.

k
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff were very friendly and provided good service. The food was very nice and the lamb pie was big and full of chunks of lamb which I would highly recommend. The restaurant doesn’t have much atmosphere where as the pub side does and the restaurant wasn’t full but the room was very hot and diidnt seem to have any airflow
Worth a visit

SM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch at the Florence Arms after a graduation ceremony. Great service, lovely food and friendly staff.

AT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service in a lovely pub in a quiet street. Atmosphere was lively without being noisy and the whole experience was exceptional, would definitely recommend.

D
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice little pub. Lamb Burger was excellent and the meat pie was huge and very tasty.

GD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Microwave food at gourmet prices. Some of it inedible