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The Florence Arms

4.5
4.5
120 Reviews
£25 and under
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 - 9pm 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.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    023 9200 7888

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hampshire

    Best Value

  • Hampshire

    Healthy

  • Hampshire

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Hampshire

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. ES

    EllenS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Took my elderly aunt here with my husband. It was very quiet but then it was lunchtime mid week. the lady who looked after us was absolutely faultless nothing was too much trouble and even sorted our taxi out. Definitely recommend food was really good especially the mushrooms in garlic.

  2. D

    Debbie

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an evening meal and Sunday lunch whilst on a weekend away with friends and both meals were excellent. Staff very friendly and efficient.

  3. C

    Chris

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great gastro pub restaurant. Best steaks that we have had in a long time were the highlight, but starters of goats cheese tart of a perfect texture and delicious deserts meant we had an indulgent evening! All with impeccable service too. Highly recommended.

  4. BP

    BerrieP

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fabulous vegetarian choices. Really enjoyed my meal.

  5. S

    Sharon

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Little hidden gem behind the hotel we were staying in. Surprised by the lovely decor inside. Staff friendly and food delicious. We both had fish and chips, the batter was light and amazing. Husband would have preferred skinless. 15% discount for hotel guests was a nice touch.

  6. KF

    KateF

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another lovely meal at the Florence Arms. This one was served in the main bar but there were other diners and I prefer the bar setting to the dining room. Food and service both excellent. We’ll be back.

  7. Z

    Zeezee48

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    'Gastropub' may be pushing it a bit but the menu was lightly inventive with the option of small plates and larger dishes. We opted for smaller tapas-type dishes and were not disappointed. The pub is slightly bare of fancy furnishings and on the night we were there there was a noisy table who were rather spoiling it for other customers. Service was good and friendly. It wasn't too expensive either.

  8. U

    Unecessary

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Staff were friendly and efficient, very good menu options for vegetarians. I just felt that the food was lacking in flavour. It looked good, but didn’t quite meet expectations.

  9. DB

    DeniseB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic Sunday Roast - loved it. Would definitely recommend!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very nice gastro pub which is deceiving from the outside as you can’t imagine where you might be sitting looking in from outdoors. Inside, the restaurant area is nicely decorated and spaced out from other diners. Could have done with some background music perhaps to improve but that’s it. Service was very good, polite, helpful, friendly etc. Food was very good, I had the chickpea curry which was delicious but would have been nice with a small naan on the side or some chutney to accompany like you might get garlic bread with an Italian meal. I’m being picky though as I couldn’t fault the flavours and all of us were happy.

  11. KH

    KerryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've now been here a few times the food is lovely and nothing is to much trouble Also it's one of the most dog friendly eateries that I know

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely evening. Great food, relaxing atmosphere and great service.

  13. J

    Jovic

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Concise menu but a great offering. Flavoursome and well presented. Atmosphere a little lacking.

  14. CC

    CliffC

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We booked for Sunday lunch and chose the pub because they allowed dogs. There was a warm welcome and very attentive service throughout our meal. Food was good quality pub lunch. We would definitely go back again.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We have dined at the Florence on a number of occasions and have generally enjoyed the experience. The Sunday lunch was most enjoyable although I was rather disappointed to discover that you were not serving cocktails during Sunday lunchtime.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Lovely restaurant area .. service was very good .. I had the pasta which tasted great.. but very small portion.. lots of sauce but could of done with some more pasta to enjoy it with .. dessert menu lacked inspiration.. the chocolate chai seed pudding was really strange taste .. couldn’t eat it but .. it was changed without a problem

  17. MT

    MaryT

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This looks like a very ordinary pub on the outside but the dining area is very pleasant and the food is extremely good. Good variety on the menu to cover everyone ie meat eater to vegan. Would recommend.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good, we have been five times recently all very good!

  19. CM

    CarlM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The place was pleasant and the service was excellent, however I thought the food was very poor value for money. Nearly 15 quid for a bowl of veggie curry - I'd expect some poppadoms, dips and a naan for that price. I didn't enjoy the dessert either, but maybe I just made the wrong choice. Again poor value for money.

  20. JF

    JacquiF

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and waitress service, it was just a little quiet on the evening we went.

  21. AH

    AndrewH

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent venue and you'll need to book. Food very nice Inc veggie option. Service exceptional.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Felt so welcoming and comfortable, wonderful food and so excepting of dogs!

  23. NB

    NoodlesBoo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub, delicious food and great service. Even our dog got treats.

  24. HR

    HilaryR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely pub, good atmosphere, staff lovely and the food was great

  25. RJ

    RobJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic all-round, accommodated us even with a newborn in a pushchair.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Have been twice in last 8 days, very good food, excellent service!

  27. KW

    KathyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food & service, good choice of meals for all tastes & diets. will come back soon, thank you.

  28. IW

    IanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A superb choice for somewhere to eat, excellent food and great staff

  29. SI

    SueI

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last minute booking was made and the gastro pub was very busy but after a very short wait a table was available which was very much welcomed. The pub is nicely decorated, clean and well presented. The staff were friendly and attentive. Although we only ate a main course it was delicious, I can recommend the Seabass.

  30. NH

    NickH

    Essex

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience3

    Good food at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately the location is not the easiest to get to with no guaranteed parking close by.

  31. D

    Doozer

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time eating here, won't be the last. Food was perfect, staff were lovely and attentive, and considering the restrictions they were under (the night before we moved up a tier), it was a relaxed, happy atmosphere. Highly recommend.

  32. EF

    EfiF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice service, felt safe at all times. Both the starter and main were amazing, good prices too.

  33. JY

    JohnY

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The food was somewhat cold and roast potatoes were reheated. The coke cola had do much ice there was no taste. The main course was missing some ingredients, namely pigs in blankets

  34. EB

    ElaineB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, Christmas pie is fantastic, great service, warm and friendly. Will definitely be going back

  35. JP

    JulianP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect as always. Can’t recommend The Flo highly enough

  36. SB

    SuzetteB

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    The quality of the food was not worth the price. Very poor. I would not recommend this place and will not be returning.

  37. CW

    CatrionaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Excellent service, good food. Very safe in the current Covid situation.

  38. CK

    ChrisK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, really nice decor inside, a fantastic find just a few minutes from Southsea sea front. Great Gluten-Free options and awareness too. Will be going back.

  39. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Had a lovely couple next to us who were chatty which was nice as the staff weren’t overly friendly, but that always depends on what you are looking for in a dining experience. Would definitely recommend!

  40. A

    Alison

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Good food, cooked well and nicely presented by friendly, engaging staff. Social distancing very well managed.

FAQs

The Florence Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 120 OpenTable diners

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2 people

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Florence Arms

18-20 Florence Road Southsea Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2NE

  • Area

    Portsmouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Free parking for 3 hours on the road outside

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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