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Travellers' Choice2023
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Gastro Pub - stylish bar area with relaxing airy restaurant attached.
PRICE RANGE
£9 - £17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a roast dinner here today, in a word Superb. Beautiful dinner in pleasant surroundings, meal arrived quickly and as ordered. Roast beef was perfectly cooked, my wife had the Pork Loin which again was perfect and the roast potatoes are great too. The home...made Yorkshire pudding was probably the best you will find. There is a good choose of meats and a vegetarian nut roast option. We will be back again very soon, five stars from me. Thank youMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food, service and ambience - covered most bases on the dinner menu, no complaints at all. Need to check out the brunch options nextte

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024

We went to the Florence Arms for a family dinner and our boys ordered the Chicken Lollipops. When they arrived they were red and uncooked in the middle and luke warm. The rest of the food was average. We will not be going back.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

Let me start by saying I’ve eaten at this restaurant before, and the food has always been an acceptable standard last night it was different two the party one of which was myself chose the duck breast, which was served in a very unusual way,...soggy chewy duck skin served on the bottom of the dish got the distinct impression they were trying to hide something and I think I was right the duck was very overcooked and the skin was a little bit slimy chewy and nothing like I was expecting, now for the cheesy mash, but you couldn’t taste the cheese. It was overpowering with what tasted like a large amount of raw garlic, the saving grace was the mash covered up the taste of the skin. I do hope they sort it out because in my opinion that food should never have been served. The other person had the potbelly which was very nice.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 February 2024 via mobile

Returning customers we always stop here pre embarking on ferry. Dog friendly ++++. Food fresh and tasty. Staff very attentive and food delicious

Date of visit: February 2024
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review me and all the team here are extremely happy you enjoyed your time dining with us, we hope you visit us again some time soon. Thank you again

Reviewed 31 January 2024

Excellent food Excellent service staff very friendly and also dog friendly so will return with family. Thank you for being a lovely venue to visit .More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2024

Hello! We always welcome our furry friends into the Florence Arms and we are glad you had such a positive experience with us, I will pass your lovely feedback onto the rest of the staff and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you...More

Reviewed 26 December 2023

Thanks to Ronnie and the team for a wonderful Christmas lunch. The restaurant and bar looked beautiful, food brilliant, service impeccable. I have visited The Florence many times over the years and they never disappoint. Well done all. See you in 2024!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reception H, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2024

Hi Sandy, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and such a positive one. Myself and all the team at the Florence Arms are extremely pleased you enjoyed your Christmas meal with us, and are pleased we were able to experience...More

Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

Quickly seated and served drinks and main courses - which were delicious HOWEVER ~ was given menu to order desserts and 40 minutes later we were still waiting for someone to take our order for desserts and more drinks, so we went to the bar...paid and left, the bar staff didn’t even ask if everything was ok with our meal Very disappointing and spoiled our eveningMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2023

Hi Sue, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your meal with us and would like to apologise greatly that you didn't receive the service you expected. I have spoken to the member of staff...More

Reviewed 12 December 2023

The Florence Arms is a corner pub in a quiet, residential area of Southsea on the edge of busy Portsmouth. The typical Victorian street layout has given us so many street-corner shops and pubs across the UK. Sadly, most of the pubs have gone but...this is a rare survivor. This layout and names such as Florence (Nightingale?), Palmerston and Cavendish, prominent people of that era, hint at their construction date. However, the blood-red tiled exterior of the Florence is very similar to the London tube stations designed by Leslie Green in the years immediately preceding WWI; so Edwardian, rather than earlier. The traditional 3 room, Saloon Bar, Public Bar, Snug, layout has gone in favour of a modern, light open plan. A pity for traditionalists but more suitable for present-day restaurant service. Our group met here around the big round table for dinner each evening of our stay at Stattons Hotel along the road. After a day spent visiting the historical attractions of Portsmouth and Gosport, this was a good spot to take the weight off our feet, have a drink, chat and eat in a calm atmosphere. I don’t know why “Gastro-Pub”, as there is no Heston Blumenthal snail porridge and fancy prices about the place. The menu is typical British and prices per head no more than I would expect to pay at our local Pizza Express. I can vouch for the steak pie; plenty of meat and soft, buttery crust. The sausage and mash, fish and chips and chicken pie all went down well with our group; the apple crumble, more apple than crumble. The service was prompt and cheerful and we were impressed by the willingness of the staff to listen to the dietary problems of one of the group and suggest and adapt a dish to suit. Value for money: Yes Would we go back: Certainly Recommend: DefinitelyMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2023

Hello, We are greatly appreciative for such the kind review and are certainly pleased you had such a positive experience dining with us. We are a gastro pub that aims to accommodate drinkers and diners, as well as creating a great ambience that everyone comes...More

Reviewed 8 December 2023

I have visited The Florence Arms previously and was looking forward to returning yesterday for a works Xmas meal. I had rung in advance as I am a bit of a fussy eater, and the lady that dealt with me on the phone saw nothing...as a problem. She was helpful and polite and there were no issues at all. Sadly I was unable to make the meal last night due to illness. My husband still attended and said the food was lovely and the hospitality great. The reason for this review though is to let everyone know how accommodating this venue is. They offered to box my main meal and dessert and then gave it to my husband to bring home for me to eat the following day. I did not expect it at all and it was such a nice surprise. I emailed this afternoon to thank the staff and they came straight back wishing me well and hoping I felt better soon. I will be returning to The Florence Arms when I am better. If you do have dietary requirements I can assure you that if you phone in advance they will do all they can to accommodate you.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2023

Hello Andrea, We are so sorry to hear about you being poorly however we hope you got a little taste in the delicious food we order here and we hope you visit us again soon to gain the experience you sadly missed out on previously....More

Reviewed 23 October 2023

Having had a fabulous meal at the Florence Arms on a previous visit to Portsmouth about three years ago, we returned with high hopes....and were sadly disappointed. The calamari was minimal in quantity, luke-warm, mostly batter and obviously fresh out of the freezer, the Thai...lemongrass coconut curry thin, watery and tasteless, the burnt Basque cheesecake unimpressive. Plenty of alternative places to eat in Southsea. We won't be returning.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

We are stopping ing the hotel who owns this gastro pub… the hotel is amazing value for money but the recently decorated Florence arms is really nice, great food, great drinks selection ! Great value for money….! Look out for TIMO who served us very...professional, very pleasant ! A credit to the business!!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2023

Thank you very much for your very kind response and we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us not just as the Florence Arms pub but at our hotels too. I have passed your kind words onto Tymur, who we couldn't agree more is...More

Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

Came as a group of 7, 5 adults 2 kids, lovely atmosphere, very friendly staff, food very nice. Not much in options for kids Sunday lunch, but still happy. The gravy was lovely! Would recommend x averaging around £18 a meal , drinks extra.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reception H, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2023

Hi Julie Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. The Florence Arms team and I are extremely glad you enjoyed your Sunday lunch and want to thank you for dining with us. The children's menu is available as well as the kids...More

Reviewed 8 October 2023

We have been here previously. This time the food was just ok one dish had to be returned to the kitchen to be finished. At 7:30 on a Friday they had no fish and chips and no pies which I found quite unusual. The place...was very clean, the service was a bit all over the place. Hopefully they can get it back to where it was for our next visit.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Hello Phillip, we are disappointed that you were not as impressed with your dining experience with us as much as you were on your first visit to the Florence Arms. We are a very popular gastro pub, where both fish and chips and the pie...More

Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

We visited here for our anniversary meal as we were staying at the Somerset house hotel (also excellent). From booking ( very polite, friendly and helpful, through to our meal we couldn’t fault it. Service was impeccable and the food excellent. Drink prices were also...reasonable.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Florence Arms, General Manager at The Florence Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Thank you for your very kind review. We are extremely glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we are extremely appreciative that we got to be part of your special day. Hope both you and your partner visit us again soon at the Florence...More

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The Florence Arms is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4