Eating and shopping

Places to eat

Hardy's at Haslar and Trinity's at the Lightship are both within the marina, but if you want a 10 minute wander into Gosport town, the Castle Tavern is a popular local pub, and the New Bengal, Great Wall Chinese and Natee Tip are a bit spicier. In Stokes Bay is Pebbles wine bar and cafe right on the beach - a great place to watch local skiff sailors on Sunday mornings. Near-by is the Seahorse pub, restaurant and coffee shop, which is one of our new favourites.

A quick trip on the green Gosport ferry takes you to Gunwharf Quays, where all the big restaurant chains like Wagamama, Pizza Express, Lock Fyne and Brasserie Blanc can be found. Wander round Camber Dock and into Old Portsmouth for old buildings and traditional pubs like the Spice Island Inn and The Still and West – sit outside with a beer and look back at the marina.

Shopping

Gosport is a big town and has several large supermarkets like WaitroseAsdaMorrisons, Aldi and more. Gosport High Street is pedestrianised and has the typical range of shops and takeaways. Every Tuesday and Saturday there is a market in the High Street with a good selection of stalls including plants, butchery, pet supplies and green grocers.

In the foreground is the figurehead of the HMS Vernon – a man in a blue jacket with a bowtie; behind the statue is a red brick pub called the Old Customs House

Gunwharf Quays

Shoppers walk down the red brick road between stalls on Gosport High Street on market day

Gosport Market

Over the water to Portsmouth and Southsea

Portsmouth is only a walk along the seafront to the Gosport Ferry where you can catch a daily shuttle service between Gosport and Portsmouth. The closest shopping area is Gunwharf Quays, home of the Spinnaker Tower. Gunwharf Quays is packed with outlet shops and a range of restaurants and entertainments, all mostly under cover.

Portsmouth city centre has all of the chain stores you'd expect. Near-by Southsea also has a good and slightly more eclectic range of shops in Palmerston Road and the surrounding streets, including John Lewis, Debenhams and local boutiques. Albert Road is good for antiques, crafts and buzzing cafe bars.

Hampshire Farmers Markets visits Southsea Palmerston Road on the third Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm.

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