My husband and I booked a table at Trinity's At The Lightship for our anniversary dinner. We chose this restaurant as it was unusual from your normal restaurants, being onboard an old lightship.
Parking in the area is not great, so we allowed plenty of time in our journey to find a parking space and walk to the Marina if we couldn't park close by. Luckily, someone was leaving from the closest car park as we arrived and this was the only space left in this car park! On arriving at the pontoon at Haslar Marina we were buzzed in through the gate by the restaurant staff. The lightship is down the end of the pontoon, with wonderful views over Portsmouth Harbour. The restaurant is casual dining and the seating area inside was a little cramped, but that was not a problem.
There was a very good selection on the menu for both food and drink and they even had a small cocktail menu. The waiting staff were very friendly, showed us to our table and took our order in a timely fashion - not rushed, but not waiting too long. We ordered drinks first, while we were looking through the menu. As well as the items on the menu, there were also some specials to choose from. We ordered starters from the menu - deep fried camembert and a prawn cocktail, both of which were tasty and good sized portions. For the main course we both ordered something from the specials menu - turbot and a rump steak with scallops in a red wine sauce. The turbot was exceeding tasty, and the rump steak with a red wine sauce was delicious. For dessert we had a creme brulee and a sherry trifle.
The food was all very tasty, well cooked and cooked to our taste, served well presented and of a high quality. The setting of the restaurant is in a lovely position, where you can gaze out towards Portsmouth across the water, watching the IOW and cross-channel ferries going to and fro, as well as an assortment of small boats. You can see the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Warrior across the water too.
We had a wonderful anniversary meal at this lovely, unusual restaurant. Apparently it has been there for many years and I wished we had discovered it sooner. We will definitely be back and maybe next time will use the outdoor seating area, which was being refurbished during our visit this time.
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