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Good Food with Good Company: A Newbie’s Handbook for eating out in Portsmouth

There's more to life than a cheeky Nando's

As a food lover, it is difficult to find something that will always tickle my taste buds. This can be most disheartening at a restaurant when you expect perfection but are presented with average-to-OK food. You find the long winded name of the dish to be more exotic than the actual taste and it’s these little heart breaks that become an obsession in finding the perfect place to feast.

There are plenty of places in Portsmouth that offer the most ‘exciting menus’ but one of the most sought after sectors to go for a meal is Gunwharf Quays. With plenty of options to indulge in, you also get the added bonus of a beautiful view of the harbour nearby, adding to your overall experience and tempting to you try out another eatery next time.

There are cheaper and familiar chain restaurants for those who are satisfied and comfortable in sticking with what they know at a budget. These are places such as Frankie and Bennies and Wagamamas, home to the infamous ‘Firecracker Chicken’ which provides an explosion of colours in the mouth and something that must be tried at least once. Below these places are Italian restaurants such as Zizzi and Bella Italia, if pizza or pasta is what you’re after.  A good reason to go here on weeknights too is because they usually have vouchers for discounts on courses or 2-for-1 offers, something which you can’t say no to on a student’s budget if dining out is your favourite treat.

“You don’t have to eat in fancy places to get good food, you just have to know where to go.”

If you are looking for a more expensive meal but like to stick to the theme of the Quays and harbour, then Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill is an excellent choice. This is one for impressing a date with that generous student loan or even your new partners’ parents if you’re really looking to score points. With a healthy selection of fish and meats, you can’t go far wrong apart from putting a bit of a dent in your bank account.

Restaurants are places where you have to feel completely comfortable. Whether on a second date or out with your friends, the place in Gunwharf that’s perfect for sharers is The Slug and Lettuce.The environment is vibrant, the staff are extremely friendly and the sharing boards are perfect to satisfy your hunger. If that is the sort of thing you are after, then this is the place to go for a few nibbles that are affordable for students.

One of the best rated places in the Quays is Las Iguanas. Highly praised for its welcoming atmosphere, exceptional food and 2-for-1 cocktails, it’s not just an environment that’s suitable for students. Although there are plenty of places throughout Gunwharf that offer you a similar promotion, many restaurants fail to grasp the easy-going environment that Las Iguanas promotes.

Heading out of the Quays, the most affordable student pubs that offer you a good selection of food as well as cheap drinks are The Isambard Kingdom Brunel also known as Wetherspoons, The Fleet and Yates. All within a stone’s throw of the Guildhall, they attract the most students for a host of different occasions. You don’t have to eat in fancy places to get good food, you just have to know where to go.

Socialising is a huge part of university life and we shouldn’t have to say no to eating out to avoid breaking the bank. There are hidden gems and reasonably-priced places with good food that are student friendly and now you know where to go on a budget, you can start saying yes.

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