The Florence Arms

4.4
91 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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Casual
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*********

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

Support The Florence Arms during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 91 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NickH
Essex
14 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.

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Doozer
Hampshire
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.

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EfiF
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.

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JohnY
London
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

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ElaineB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JulianP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SuzetteB
London
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.

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CatrionaW
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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ChrisK
Washington DC
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.

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MarkH
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!

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Alison
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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Gilbaile
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Average food - overpriced dishes that you could do as well at home. Bland uninspiring surroundings with little warmth or welcome.

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IsabellaD
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very friendly and helpful, excellent customer service

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Rodgerf
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A repeat visit having been eating here from opening day onwards including our 30-people pre wedding dinner 2 3/4 years ago
Love the atmosphere, team and food so recommend it to you too

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GemmaB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and welcoming staff. Regular cleaning of tables and services between customers. Staff wore masks and encouraged the use of the NHS track and trace app plus hand gel

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TerenceC
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I visited twice, once for a drink and the other for Sunday roast. On both occasions the service was very friendly and efficient. The Sunday roast was exceptional. The decor is very nice and the staff are very polite and knowledgeable. If we come back to Portsmouth this will be our choice for a drink and a meal

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Rich
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in the florence after a recommendation and ibwas not disappointed.
Very good.

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TeenaB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the salmon it was really nice my husband had the beef he said it was tender

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AnnaK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was excellent. Covid-19 restrictions well documented and clearly signposted and staff also mentioned the one way system and the non intermingling between tables policy clearly. I would certainly go back and eat there.

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SteveF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and lovely food. Booked to go back the next day.

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Swannyh
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with plenty of choices in food.
Highly recommend the fish and chips and would definitely return.

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Clarks
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and the staff friendly and welcoming. Service was particularly efficient. Enjoyable evening out.

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ZoeG
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First into the pub when it opened. Vegetarian roast dinner was excellent: juicy nut roast, vegetables al dente and tasty, roast potatoes fluffy inside and crispy outside. Service was great as was covid h&s practice.

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Rodneyg
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Definitely worth a visit. Parking is difficult so plan ahead

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, helpful staff and great covid measures in place, I'd eat there again definitely.

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JillR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favourite place to eat. The service is always good and they welcome dogs.

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Andrew
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal at the Florence with great service and a lovely atmosphere.

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AlexB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went two nights in a row, really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The staff were awesome, nothing was too much trouble and we'd definitely go back next time we are in the area.

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SeanF
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. We were well looked after all evening. Good selection of beers and wines all served by friendly, welcoming staff. Highly recommend to all.

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FrankShepherd
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Florence Arms and we enjoyed our meal very much. The staff were both friendly & efficient and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Obviously there have been changes due to the restrictions post lockdown & the restaurant is set out with a one way system and tables are set apart from one another & the staff all wear masks. It is table service for both drinks & food and every effort has been made to keep everyone safe & comfortable. Will be going again

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SteveN
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great Service, and a great job done with COVID safety measures. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Well done Florence Arms ! 😀👍

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calep
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good ambient, good food, good service. It's a bit overpriced for what it offers, but it's a good experience, nevertheless.

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CarlP
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent with good fast service, will certainly be back

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Louie
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed a nice meal for my sister's birthday.
The meal was good and the service excellent.
The social distancing was observed in all parts of the pub.

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Meg98
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Moderate at best. We appreciate it was a busy night with limited staff members but I wasn’t impressed. The reviews stood out to us and decided to give it a try. Overpriced for what it is, my food was quite clearly microwaved as there was cold spots in my mashed potato. Drinks were so expensive. Two people were almost having sex on the table next to us and really put us off our dinner by them slurping and quite honestly snogging each other. No one advised them that this isn’t the right behaviour for a restaurant but anyway. Service was okay and people were polite but I wouldn’t call it gastro or 4/5 star either.

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Caro
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely pub, the staff worked really hard to put all necessary measures in place to keep people distanced.
They were friendly and the service was great. Food was good - I had a burger which was very good. My partner had the sirloin steak and said it was good.
We would definitely go back.
We do t have a dog but others bought their dogs with them which was ok as the tables are well spaced.

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andrewm
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal and the service was excellent. Extremely clean and well sanitised. Would highly recommend 🙂

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KennionJ
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuine Chicken Caesar salad... very good... lovely thick piece of salmon well cooked with great asparagus, crushed new potatoes and pea puree (very tasty).. soup was potato and leek,,, very good too... worth a visit for sure

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HannahT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff were very friendly and helpful and we could not fault them. I felt the food was a little overpriced for what it was (food was nice) and they drinks were overpriced.due to COVID restrictions the restaurant layout was different to what it would be normally, however I felt it was far to bright inside, the fans (Understandable with the hot weather, however maybe invest in air conditioning?) were very loud and it was very unromantic with it being our wedding anniversary. All in all we would like to go again when COVID restrictions are lifted as I feel it would be a lovely restaurant normally.

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MandyL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Great friendly service. Parking in street not a problem.

FAQs

The Florence Arms is rated 4.4 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

The Florence Arms does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.theflorencearmssouthsea.co.uk/gift-vouchers.html.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.