We are in the top 10% worldwide for restaurants, says Tripadvisor

Positive reviews from our satisfied diners have helped us to secure a major accolade from Tripadvisor for our Restaurant 1865.

Every year Tripadvisor celebrates restaurants that consistently deliver amazing experiences with a Travellers’ Choice Award – and this year, we’ve made the list.

We really value feedback from our customers – and of course, glowing reviews always make us happy.

Executive Chef Simon Hartnett, said: “It’s always great to receive recognition for what you do and we always take note of the reviews that our customers take the time to leave.

“Our latest seasonal menu is proving really popular – and as you can see from the reviews, Sunday lunch gains plenty of plaudits.”

Here are just a few of the recent reviews:

Dinner at Restaurant 1865 in the Queens Hotel

My sister and I had cocktails and dinner at the Queens Hotel on Saturday evening.

The atmosphere was lovely and there was a good vibe in the bar earlier on. The cocktails were excellent and great before dinner. The food was excellent, simply wonderful and we felt we were somewhere very special.

After our meal we had a nightcap in the bar. Honestly, the staff could not have been any more professional or friendly with superb food and a magnificent setting.

Booking again for next month. Dinner at Restaurant 1865 in The Queen’s Hotel Ports

First class food and service

Good range of dishes offering choices to suit all palates. The food was first class and the service matched. The staff were all attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend First Class food and service


I had friends visit for the weekend and we were looking for somewhere that served roast dinner.
We’d gone to multiple restaurants, which had all stopped serving, though it was only 7pm(ish)

I remembered the Queens hotel had restaurant 1865, so we popped in, and thankfully they were still serving.

They say things happen for a reason, it was quite possibly the best roast dinner.

I had pork, which was perfect, and my friends had the beef, which they said was delicious. Deserts were delicious too

We all loved it so much we went back the next night. We all ordered the rib-eye, possibly the best steak we’d had, the knife went through like melted butter it was that tender.

Everything about restaurant 1865 and it’s surroundings was 10/10 in every way. The staff are friendly, surroundings amazing, food exquisite, and prices really reasonable, in fact unbelievably reasonable.

I couldn’t recommend this place enough, truly well worth visiting Amazing

Superb Restaurant

We had Sunday lunch and it was excellent, a nice choice of dishes, I had the pork and my Wife had Chicken, both were excellent and superbly cooked. The waitresses were fantastic, so friendly and helpful, we felt we had known them for years. Service was very prompt, but not to the point of feeling rushed. An added bonus was the excellent saxophone player, very pleasant music and not too loud.
As we were staying at the Hotel, we also had the pleasure of one of the best breakfasts I have had at any Hotel, it is worth visiting the Restaurant just to have their breakfast.
We will definitely be back we are already booked into the Hotel in September, so the restaurant is a must. Superb Restaurant

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to leave a review – we really appreciate it … 

In the wake of Restart a Heart Day, the Queens Hotel in Southsea now has a defibrillator on site.

Kind-hearted Lara Hardwick was inspired to raise funds for a defibrillator after her Dad, Alan, a fit and healthy 67-year-old, had a cardiac arrest back in April, when he was jogging in Southsea.

Here’s what happened

Significantly an incredible set of events ensured Alan survived the medical emergency. Now Lara and her family hope the defibrillator will help to raise the chance of survival for others.

“A friend happened to pass my Dad a few seconds before the incident and they called the ambulance. Then an off-duty nurse who happened to be driving by, parked up and started good, strong CPR.

“We’ve never found out who this nurse was. We’d love to find her and we’d dearly like to thank her in person! If anyone knows who this was, we’d love to hear from you.

“The builders from the site opposite also performed CPR. Our hero Josh, trained from his time in the army. Paramedics arrived and put Dad into an induced coma to protect his brain. They took him straight into resus and then onto intensive care. He was in hospital for 3 weeks in which time he slowly but defiantly came back to us.

“Undeniably we count our lucky stars every day to still have him with us,” said Lara.

Fundraising efforts

After taking a while to get her trainers back on, Lara and her partner Tom ran the Hackney Half Marathon in May. With close friends and family they decided to raise money for a defibrillator. This will hopefully go on to give another person the best
chance possible.

CPR saves lives

Lara added: “Just 10.8% of people who experience a cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive. Taking 5 minutes out of your day to learn CPR from this easy link could help increase that number.

“Figures published by London Ambulance  Service also show that when a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was used by a bystander and at least one shock was delivered to patients, the survival rate was more than five times higher (57%).

Founder of SADS UK

Anne Jolly MBE, Founder of SADS UK, the charity who arranged for the defibrillator to be sited at the hotel, said: “We are pleased that thanks to Lara, her family and supporters, the Queens Hotel will now have a defibrillator on site.

“SADS UK is passionate about saving lives and promotes the importance of individuals learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator to help save lives. Since 1998 SADS UK has assisted thousands of schools and many communities to put defibrillators on their premises and delivered training on CPR and how to use a defibrillator.”

The Queens Hotel comment

General Manager at The Queens Hotel, Portsmouth, Paul Playford, said: “We are really pleased to be able to accommodate the defibrillator at The Queens Hotel. We are known as the hotel at the heart of Southsea and we take our commitment to our local community very seriously.

“Obviously having the defibrillator based at the hotel means we can play an important role in the health and safety of our community.”

Aina Sutka and Laura Collins both work in the marketing team at The Queens Hotel, Portsmouth and they will be taking part in the Great South Run on Sunday Oct 16.

As well as taking on a personal challenge to complete the 10-mile course in a creditable time, the pair wanted to raise funds for a local cause that already has links with the hotel.

We have been bowled over by the abundant energy and enthusiasm founder Becki Simmonds brings to her charity SPARK Community Space and we wanted to support the important work the charity does in the community.

SPARK Community Space aims to help people who don’t feel like they fit in, to access the support and services they need, so they can ‘Spark’ back into life.

They welcome anyone who feels pushed aside or overlooked by society, whether that’s because of illness, disability, redundancy, lack of qualifications or any other reason.

Learning that Aina and Laura will be running for her charity, Becki, said: “We are so pleased and grateful that Aina and Laura from the amazing Queens hotel have chosen Spark Community Space as their chosen charity to run the Great South Run – you guys are superb and our heroes.”

SPARK Community Space is just about to move into a new permanent home at the Pompey Centre in Fratton Way and funds that Aina and Laura raise will be used to make the empty space feel more welcoming.


Our popular Winter Lodge makes a welcome return from Saturday November 26th with an enchanting festive feel that’s sure to leave you longing for a winter warmer.

Constructed in the hotel’s garden, the Winter Lodge will be the perfect place to meet up with friends and family for a cosy get together

It will be open Friday 17.00-23.00; Saturday 12.00-23.00 and Sunday 12.00-21.00

Open to the public, areas can be reserved via the events team. £10pp deposit.

Popular Sunday Sessions, with chilled live music from 1pm to 5pm, go under canvas for the winter and will run on the following dates:

Seasonal songs at The Queens Hotel is a tradition loved by many and it will be taking place in the Winter Lodge on Wednesday 21st December.

General Manager Paul Playford, explained: “Our Winter Lodge proved really popular last year and we are returning with even better plans for this year.

“There will be contemporary Christmas styling that’s bound to put you in the mood for the festive season.”

The Winter Lodge is also available for exclusive corporate hire on weekday evenings 17.00-23.00.

And if you are looking for the perfect spot to bid farewell to 2022, look no further than the Winter Lodge on New Year’s Eve – £10 per person includes drink token (house wine, beer, single spirit and mixer). A donation will be made to our three supported charities from the cover price.

Photo credit: Habibur Rahman of the Portsmouth News 


Legendary drummer Slim Jim Phantom and his wife Jennie Vee brought a cool rock n roll vibe to the Queens, when they stayed with us last night.

In town for a concert at the Moonshine Club as part of his UK tour, Jim and Jennie were happy to chat about their associations with Southsea.

While Jim has fond memories of gigs at the Wedgewood Rooms, Jennie, who has played with Courtney Love and Echo and the Bunnymen and is a touring member of the Eagles of Death Metal, used to live in Southsea and was a regular visitor to the bar at the Queens Hotel.

As musicians who spend a great deal of time on the road, we asked Slim and Jennie what they look for in a hotel.

Quick as a flash Jennie said: “It’s great to have a room with a bathtub so you can have a long soak after the gig.”

And Jim added: “Nice towels and a comfy mattress are important to me.”


When our Managing Director Farid Yeganeh saw the epic project that talented artist Pete Codling was undertaking in the city, he was keen for the Queens Hotel to show its support.

Pete has been responsible for some amazing sculpture and public artwork in the city including the delightful Treadgold Fish that can currently be seen on the seafront but his latest project Crowd is a truly epic undertaking.

A portrait of the city is being painstakingly created on a set of sails that are the same size as those from HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.

Pete explained: “The idea is make a set of life size sail drawings, the same size as those from the HMS Victory or Mary Rose, and to cover them in portraits of people with a connection to the Dockyard, be it naval, military, dockyard worker or community connection to the city and its history. It is a massive and ambitious project and there is as much art in getting it funded and made as there is creating the drawings.”

Farid sat for Pete as he drew his portrait and the pair put the world to rights over several hours of conversation and drawing.

“I really admire what Pete is doing. This is a fantastic undertaking that Pete has embarked upon and I can’t wait to see the finished artwork.

“The Queens Hotel is such an important part of the city of Portsmouth and I am proud to be one of the custodians who is ensuring she can remain a place where people love to gather to dine, celebrate, do business and enjoy the company of friends and family,” he said.

You can follow the progress of the artwork here and visits can be arranged by calling 07503105655.


A new partnership between the Queens Hotel and Portsmouth Pride has just been announced – and we celebrated the news in style with The Face of Portsmouth Pride, drag queen Cherry Liquor.

With Portsmouth Pride due to take place on Saturday June 11, the Queens Hotel General Manager Paul Playford was delighted to welcome members of the Portsmouth Pride management team and their giant flag too …

“We are really excited to announce our partnership and we will become The Official Hotel of Portsmouth Pride. We see the Queens Hotel as being a place that offers a warm welcome to everyone.

“Our team will be taking part in the parade ahead of the main Portsmouth Pride event and we look forward to welcoming people attending Portsmouth Pride as we will be opening our newly designed garden on the day.

“This is just the start of our partnership with Portsmouth Pride and we look forward to working closely together during the coming year,” he said.

Anyone attending Portsmouth Pride will be welcome to keep the party vibe going by joining us on our opening weekend in the Queens Hotel garden.

Commenting on the partnership with the Queens Hotel, chairperson Tally Aslam, said:”We are so looking forward to building a close working relationship with the Queens Hotel – and it is great that they will be joining the parade and supporting our Portsmouth Pride Main Day Event.

“We are a charity and rely on support from businesses and organisations like the Queens to be able to carry on the good work we do – and as a result of this partnership, we also secured a partnership with Hovertravel who work closely with the hotel too.”

Portsmouth Pride is set to make a triumphant return in 2022 after two years of not being able to run its iconic event for the LGBTQ+ community in Portsmouth. 

Portsmouth Pride is a completely free and open event for the whole community, including allies to the LGBTQ+ community and brings together people from across Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island and further afield to enjoy a full day of celebrations on Saturday 11 June spread across Southsea Common. 

The emotive and inspirational day starts with their highlight parade which includes representatives from local community groups, youth groups, trade unions, activist groups, religious organisations, local businesses, and many more as well as being open to individual community members to join on the day. 

The parade takes in Southsea Seafront before entering the main pride area where visitors get to experience entertainment all the way through into the evening and spread across two different stages including their 2022 Headliner; RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World Winner, Blu Hydrangea. 


Families enjoying live music and sunshine in the garden of the Queens Hotel, Portsmouth have helped to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

For many years the hotel has supported the Rowans Hospice charity and recently presented CEO Ruth White and Chairman of Trustees John Watkins with a cheque for £2,500.

General Manager Catherine Austen commented: “The money has been collected as a result of our Summer Garden Parties. In total £5,000 was raised and the Southsea Skate Park has also received a donation.

“We see ourselves as the hotel at the heart of Southsea and very much a part of the community. Having come through the recent lockdowns and restrictions, we are delighted to have been able to support a charity that is so close to our hearts.”

Ruth White said she felt ‘humbled’ to see the transformation that had taken place at the Queens Hotel during the last lockdown and the amount of money that had been raised.

“Healthcare has had a difficult time through the pandemic but hospitality has really been hit badly.

“It is very humbling to see what you have achieved at the Queens through the lockdown. The garden parties have brought joy to people at a time when it was in short supply for most of us,” she said.

And John Watkins added: “We have been truly overwhelmed with the generosity of the public and touched that they remember us when so many other things have been occupying our time.”

Photo caption: Left to right Catherine Austen, General Manager; John Watkins Chair of Trustees and CEO Ruth White

A love of history and the place he calls home has inspired Southsea author Jack Wells to create a mystery book that all the family can enjoy.

The founder of Mystery Guides and recent winner of the Start Up Business of the Year in the Business Excellence Awards 2021 has chosen to set his latest book in Southsea and included many landmarks and historical events.

“I’ve created a fictional story that is based on fact and incorporates local history. I was born here and the history is something that I love about the place.

“You will find reference to the Spithead Mutiny, Mary Rose and the Battle of Southsea – people can learn a lot about the place as they walk round Southsea picking up clues.

“This definitely isn’t a history book but it is full of historical snippets that I hope people will find interesting,” he said.

Having studied history at university, Jack put his love of the past to good use by leading guided tours of Old Portsmouth and this further developed with a treasure hunt element.

“I ended up developing an app because I wasn’t always available to conduct the tours and then I wrote my first book.

“The book ended up being more successful than the app and I’ve gone on to write a whole series from there,” he said

Jack will be launching his Southsea book at the Queens Hotel on Friday August 6 with characters from Southsea Mystery Adventure brought to life and the chance to meet the author.

The Queens Hotel is featured in the book and is supporting Jack’s venture. Everyone who buys a copy at the launch event will be entered into a prize draw. One of the prizes is a family ticket for the final Kids Party of the summer on August 23. A grand prize of an overnight stay for two will also be on offer to the family that solves all the clues in the book and reveals the mystery. Participants need to tag the hotel in photos as they travel around Southsea.

General Manager Catherine Austen said: “We love the idea that Jack;s book is something that families can follow to find out more about Southsea – and it’s an activity that kids and parents can do together in the summer holidays.”

For more details follow the Queens Hotel on social media. 



Catherine Austen was particularly proud to have joined the team at the Queens as the new General Manager owing to a close family association with Southsea’s most stylish hotel.

Back in the sixties, her grandfather Ron Bennett led the in-house band and Catherine admitted her appointment felt even more special due to the close family tie.

Catherine’s aunt Cheryl Hamilton has researched Ron’s musical past and the talented jazz saxophonist played regularly at the hotel during the 1960s.

“He would be so proud of Catherine joining the hotel as General Manager,” said Cheryl.

Catherine has an impressive background in retail management and explained the move to the hospitality sector was to satisfy her need for a new challenge.

“I’ve worked in retail management for 37 years. I really enjoyed my time with Next but I was keen to take on a new challenge.

“My management experience has given me many transferable skills and I am looking forward to taking the Queens Hotel to the next stage in its journey.”

Catherine took up her post in May 2021 and she said she is looking forward to welcoming guests old and new to the Queens Hotel.

“I’ve always known the Queens Hotel because I was born in Portsmouth.

“My priorities are the staff and customers – and I want to make the Queens Hotel the most talked about place in Portsmouth once again,” she said.

Christmas at the Queens Hotel

Celebrate this festive season in style