If you have read my previous posts you will know just how much I love coffee shops and especially Tamper in Sheffield. I love the vibe, love the interiors, love the owners and what they have tried to achieve and successfully I might add. So when I moved to Southsea I honestly didn’tย think I would find a cafe that would make my heart have a warm fuzzy feeling and I have to say I have had a pining for that special place on Arundel Street. So imagine my delight when I cycled into town on a sunny day, parked my bike up and pottered around and realised at nearly 2 pm I hadn’t eaten much and should probably sit down. I had walked past Southsea Coffee that situates on Osborne Road a couple of times but never had the chance to go in.

The first impressionย from the outside has to be uplifting feelings and warmth. The beautiful Green of the industrial chairs sat outside mixed with wood gives a playful take on the industrial look. Venturing inside you get a relaxed but buzzing vibe, a feeling that you could sit for a whole afternoon and watch the world go by or work on your laptop and you wouldn’t feel pressured to leave. All along the back wall is a painting done in a very clever way, which draws your eyes to the whole length of the main cafe. The use of mixing monotone colours, mixing grey with black and white gives a moody tone and has a calming effect on the soul. Los Dave being the artistย it seems is a highly regarded creative in Southsea so it will be nice to follow more of his work.

Wide distressed looking boards cover the floor, and there are industrial tones by adding scaffolding poles for shelving and coffee sacks added to sides of counters to give a sense of this place knows how to serve its coffee very well. Scrubbed down wooden tables and metal chairs all fit in the main cafe area very well. The snug area has cushions and focused lighting to provide a cosy area which I imagine would be a blissful place to chill in the Winter. Leading out to a courtyard area there is a feature wall made out of pallets, and lovely plants while the seating is contemporary and bright with a hint of yellow and this makes you think of the sunshine, relaxing, maybe a cocktail or a wonderful ice tea and so it works very well in an understated way.

Looking at the menu I just couldn’t get over the extensive list of tea being offered. The list was as long as the list for coffee and this is when it completely won me over. Offering the customer blends, as well as tea latte’s and iced teas there was just so much choice! I opted for a Blue Rasberry Iced Tea and have to say it was so refreshing. My lunch was banana bread with vanilla mascarpone topped with berries,ย banana slices and maple syrup. Very beautiful in colour and the taste was good, the berries being huge blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, some blueberries thrown on the side made me happy I walked in here. The waitress explained that my Blue Iced Tea would change colour to pink if I squeezed the lemon slice put in there as a garnish. It actually turned it a nice purple and that was ok with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Whenever I go to a good coffee shop it is always about the coffee and the tea is always something that is added in case they get a visitor who just fancies a tea, but here it is just as much about tea and the other refreshments on the menu as it is about coffee and thats why above the cool interiors, the friendly staff and the moody painting stretching an entire wall that I love this place. I haven’t had chance to take my hubby yet, or my son but I can’t wait to go back.

I chatted about how I loved tea to who I thought was another waitress who turned out to be one of the owners Tara. Having a very warm relaxed approach I can see regulars having a good rapport with her. It was nice to share with her my love of the tea menu. Tara explained that they used Bluebird Tea Co from Brighton who I have never heard of before but will have to go and explore there on Friday when I go visit for the day.

The food menu is very good and the whole combination of good coffee, great tea, super offering of different drinks and smashing food alongside a cool, inviting, relaxing interior makes this an award winning place to visit in my eyes and I can’t wait to go try their BLAT: rosemary “flat bread”, tomatoes, lettuce, coconut bacon, mayo and avocado. It just sounds unbelievably delish and I can’t think of anything else to say as I am writing this and it is making me super hungry x x

 

Featured Image – Southsea Coffee

All other images my own.

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17 Comments

  1. Mummy Times Two

    August 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    This looks like a gorgeous place to relax with coffee. I love those floorboards.

  2. Sally Akins

    August 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    It’s great when you find a great independent place like this, and that iced tea looks so refreshing!

  3. Sarah Bailey

    August 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    What an interesting looking little cafe, I love finding little places to grab a drink and a bite to eat. If I am ever in the area I’ll definitely check in with these ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. Rhian Westbury

    August 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve been here when I’ve been done visiting my friend before, love the sound of the iced tea x

  5. Tori

    August 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    How exciting that the iced tea changed colour! It looks gorgeous and definitely somewhere to visit!

  6. Jess

    August 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    My fella went to Sheffs last weekend and said we should go back for a nosey. I’ll have to put this on my list of places to go. The banana bread looks insane!

  7. Elizabeth

    August 5, 2017 at 7:56 am

    It’s great when you find a coffee shop that ticks all the boxes, isn’t it. This sounds like a super place!

  8. Laura dove

    August 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Ooh that iced tea looks amazing!! This sounds like a fab little coffee shop, the food looks delicious and it sounds like somewhere my friends and I would visit!

  9. Mel

    August 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    This looks and sounds like a lovely place. Always nice to find a decent place to sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Emily Leary

    August 5, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Looks like a nice, relaxed coffee shop with the kind of decor that really appeals to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lilinha

    August 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love a good cup of tea, so I am sure I would enjoy if I visited! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Jacinta

    August 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Love a good coffee shop. That drink looks interesting.

  13. Dannii

    August 6, 2017 at 10:51 am

    What a beautiful colour drink. It looks like a great place to just chill out for a couple of hours.

  14. Ana De- Jesus

    August 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Oh my god I wish I lived nearer because the Blue Raspberry Iced Tea sounds delicious and so different too. Yum x

  15. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    August 7, 2017 at 3:28 am

    My gosh that drink looks oh so refreshing! I love visiting coffee shops and enjoying some time to unwind.

  16. Stephanie Usher

    August 7, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Oooh this sounds lovely! I love that they used Bluebird Tea Company! xxx

  17. Gareth Torrance

    September 5, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This seems like such a cool and unique place to visit!

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