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The Florence Arms, Portsmouth, Hampshire

The Florence Arms

4.4
4.4
161 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    We host weddings, private sit down meals, wakes and can offer exclusive use of the dining space. Please contact us for more details or visit the website.

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What 161 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hampshire

    Lunch

  • Hampshire

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Hampshire

    Notable Wine List

  • Hampshire

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. OF

    OldFinn

    Minneapolis

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was wonderful. We generally eat sharing plates and appetizers and the selection was very good. Since we are both on our 70’s, we really enjoyed the music as well. Wine selection is modest but satisfactory.
  2. f

    felix66

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good meal, even with a fussy teenager. Excellent service. Dining area to the rear of the pub lacked a little atmosphere hence the 4/5 score.
  3. AB

    AlisonB

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, great food and very friendly and helpful staff. Thank you :-)
  4. AW

    AndrewW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was simple, fresh and tasty. Service was very speedy and the pub is a nice environment.
  5. ER

    EdwardR

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good gastro pub,menu with various choice our food nicely cooked and presented, we liked choices of small plates. The drinks menu gave lots of options , bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit.
  6. PN

    PatriciaN

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant place, good service, good food and drink, very nice friendly staff.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tip top throughout
  8. TB

    TrudyB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for Sunday Lunch - great service by staff. My roast beef was lovely with a massive yorkshire pud, roast potatoes, veg and the all important gravy. Definitely recommend it!
  9. SA

    SusanA

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Sunday lunch, great service and friendly highly recommend
  10. MH

    MartinH

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Same as last time, excellent service, friendly and efficient!
  11. d

    deniseb

    Essex

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall we were disappointed, Found the restaurant a bit "soulless" and whilst my Veggie Roast was okay my husband's Aubergine Curry was bland and unimpressive. The worst thing was the deserts though, £7.50 for what purported to be a Mixed Berry Crumble and was actually mainly liquid with a dusting of crumb on the top.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was very good - attentive and friendly staff. Food (Sunday roast) was lovely and generous size. Loved the trifle dessert! Took our dogs so sat in the dog friendly area with others with dogs - staff were very accommodating and provided separate water bowls for the dogs. Would definitely recommend.
  13. JE

    JulieE

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Sunday lunch, good service and pleasant staff
  14. JU

    JonathanU

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday lunch with a good choice well presented clearly using good ingredients cook really well and a huge Yorkshire Pudding, plus excellent gravy. The staff we attentive and very welcoming with a good selection of drinks on offer too. The Florence is a bright airy pub nicely decorated and well worth a visit if only for the Yorkshire Puddings!
  15. LC

    LCP13

    Oxford

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely old pub, nice decor, friendly staff and good service. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. Would definitely recommend and I’d love to come back if in the area again.
  16. LS

    LouiseS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Fab cocktails, average food which certainly did not meet my gastro pub expectations
  17. G

    Garfthelarf

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was recommended here for a Sunday lunch & certainly wasn't disappointed. The staff are very attentive & friendly especially a guy called Roddy who explained the menu etc. The food (roasts) was very tasty & ample portions & good value for money. Certainly will return
  18. TO

    TimO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and good quality food made for an enjoyable experience
  19. T

    Timmer

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious Sunday roast at The Florence Arms. Great service and nice ambience. Would definitely go again.
  20. p

    philc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Food was good but menu is limited to what you see ie no specials board. My meal (Aubergine Curry) was luke warm and bland. Might go again and try the Sunday roast.
  21. S

    Shan

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    The food tasted nice, however, there was hardly any food on the plate, I left still feeling hungry. If you’re vegan especially I wouldn’t recommend it. Overall disappointed.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly and efficient service and a nice relaxed atmosphere.
  23. GN

    GinaN

    Essex

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely waiter and waitress. Gorgeous food - we will be back 😄
  24. l

    leeg

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Never been before but will 100% be going back.
  25. MW

    MaxW

    Bath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    We didn’t actually eat here in the end. We were the only couple seated in a back room with a large table group - it felt really odd and the atmosphere of the back room was non-existent. The food was pricey and very few options for a vegetarian like me. Once we said we weren’t going to eat, we were moved back into the bar area which was better but it all just felt a bit uncomfortable. Service was friendly though.
  26. MH

    MartinH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Limited choice on the Vegan options but tried the burger and the curry and would definitely come here again. Nice friendly atmosphere too.
  27. WE

    WigsE

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat there on a Monday night so quiet. Waitress really really nice and attentive. Food good. Ambiance and déco great
  28. KS

    KeithS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our first visit was on Friday 25th February and my wife and I were very impressed with the Sea Bass main course. On Monday 7th March the Menu was changed. The Fish and Chips main was OK (average) and the Mango desert was excellent. The bar area was well attended on both occasions, but the restaurant on the first visit was too quiet for my wife. As the weather warms, I expect this eatery to get quite busy.
  29. A

    Angus

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Good service and dog friendly Highly recommended
  30. M

    Martin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went on a recommendation and was pleasantly surprised. Nice place service and food very good. Will be returning again
  31. A

    Amandas

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    we come to southsea 3 times a year. we were recommended this place. We have been several times. Its so consistent yeah food is excellent. service great. overall fantastic.
  32. m

    markh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    very friendly staff, good food and service and really pleasant dining area we very much enjoyed our Sunday lunch, yorkshires are amazing.
  33. RH

    RosieH

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We had very good service from the waiters. They were extremely pleasant. Disappointing that there was no bitter on draft- it was the main reason for choosing a pub to dine in for my husband. Both ales were off on a Friday night. The food was very good but we found the choice rather limited. I was cold due to in part to the external door being opened near our table but when I asked to move table later on and for them to turn the heating up they could’t have been more helpful. One of the ceiling lights is flickering and needs sorting out. So overall an average evening. The helpful waiter made it ok.
  34. JJ

    JeffJ

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, service friendly and attentive without being pushy. Will definitely return.
  35. KL

    KateL

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked to go to the Florence Arms on a Sunday, with the intention of having a Sunday roast dinner. We got there to be told that every type of roast dinner had sold out. I would understand maybe one or two meat options running out as the day draws on, but not everything. We had booked for 4pm, so not exactly late at night, and given we had booked in advance I think someone should have called to let us know there were no more dinners, or to ask if we would like something held back before they run out. We won’t be trying this place again.
  36. LM

    LucyM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food with a good choice for Sunday menu not just Sunday lunch! Fresh and flavoursome Good service thank you
  37. JH

    JacquiH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    An impromptu meal but found the food very enjoyable and the service prompt and very friendly . Would highly recommend.
  38. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good as usual, very helpful staff and excellent food
  39. LF

    LucyF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice meal and attentive staff. Would eat again.
  40. SS

    SazS

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Would recommend to anyone.

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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The Florence Arms is rated 4.4 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Florence Arms

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

Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    023 9200 7888

  • Private party facilities

    We host weddings, private sit down meals, wakes and can offer exclusive use of the dining space. Please contact us for more details or visit the website.

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