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The Florence Arms

4.4
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43 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub

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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*********

****This booking site is for Food Reservations only - please do not book tables for drinks only on here****

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 43 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MavisW
Essex
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service very friendly staff would highly recommend

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masel1510
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Going to take a bit of getting used to, but the staff coped admirably with the social distancing. I'll be back.

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DeniseB
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic Sunday lunch - the food was delicious, the service friendly and the setting was bright and welcoming. I had the soup, followed by roast chicken and panacotta whilst my son enjoyed the melted camembert, roast pork and the carrot cake. Will definitely return.

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Meer
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely meal at the Florence Arms. Can’t beat the food service and overall charm of the place. I love coming here and am never disappointed.

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JeannetteB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our Sunday lunch at The Florence Arms and the food was lovely. Deducted one point as not all menu items were available. Service was excellent, staff are really friendly and helpful, attentive without being intrusive.

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PeterD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Booked Florence Arms on Valentines evening. Restaurant busy but spacious. Service was excellent, waiter and waitress very friendly, efficient and attentive. Did not feel rushed at all but food arrived fairly promptly. Food was excellent.

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SharonF
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Initial look through the window put me off but once inside was made welcome, our table was reserved and ready and staff friendly. Would have preferred chairs rather than a bench. Our food was delicious. Ambience mixture of old style pub and modern bistro

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LucyE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening, highly recommend. I’m from Southsea and have never been before. Staff Food everything was lovely.! Will be back!!

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SandiM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ate here because we were staying at the linked Florence House Boutique Hotel. We were delighted to experience a proper neighbourhood pub which was welcoming to us and our dog. It provided good food at reasonable prices.

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DianeN
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first visit....
Very friendly service.
Good food,
Will be back

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Joanne
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food! We had the fillet steak and peppercorn sauce and it was delicious 😋 we also had our two dogs with us and they were very accommodating. Not far at all from the beach and pier. Aquarium and water park are also nearby. Would definitely visit again

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victoraig
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my husbands birthday and the staff were exceptional, they looked after us so well. Food was delicious but the staff are a stand out for us

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, and great atmosphere

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AnthonyH
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back!

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vipVIBE
London
170 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value food and good quality. Gastro pub and we sat in the pub as look like nicer atmosphere rather than restaurant.

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GrumpyB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

An ideal place for lunch pre ferry to France. Parking surprisingly easy. Sandwiches, chips and beer hit the spot. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sunday lunch. Restaurant half full. No atmosphere. Food was not very hot. Beef was tough. Dissapointed.

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PaulQ
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Lovely staff but the roast beef was awfully- it was as tough as old boots. The quality wasn’t good and really over cooked. Roast beef should be medium rare or no more that medium. However even we’ll done beef can be soft but this wasn’t good at all.

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CarlP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not the best quality food for the prices they are asking. Veg was overcooked on some dishes. Chicken burger was very dry.

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JamesH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very friendly greeting, followed by excellent service and food made for an extremely enjoyable dining experience. Will visit again when in Southsea area

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Raddersj62
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed eating at the Florence Arms, even though it was a reduced menu for the Great South Run. The roast was delicious.

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NaomiH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. I can't believe I haven't been here before!

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KarolineB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We chose The Florence Arms because it is dog-friendly. Actually it was dog-wonderfully welcoming. It is in a quiet backstreet just off the seafront: so it was possible to park in the street instead of having to pay. The restaurant itself is really nicely laid out and the service was brilliant. We were really nicely looked after. Highly recommend.

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FionaS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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!

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Bluebird
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

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PaulP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service friendly and welcoming the staff were extremely helpful and tentative
The food was great and they catered for me being gluten free
Excellent overall

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LesleyM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely delicious Sunday roast. The vegetarian option was excellent

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AllanT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and our waiter was really lovely

MC
MickC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good food, great personal service. Quiet location.

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Heirhunter
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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.

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Francesg1
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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!

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RobertJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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TammyG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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.

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EoinM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

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

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnthonyT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

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.

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AnnaS
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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kevinr
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
SarahM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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The Florence Arms is rated 4.4 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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