Although Southsea has so many restaurants, it can be difficult when you have guests to find a good place to visit for Sunday lunch. The Royal Beach had been recommended, and we were not disappointed. It was our first visit, though we live nearby, and it was a delight to enter the hotel, friendly staff, a comfortable welcoming atmosphere, and good quality food at fair prices.
Sparkling white clothed tables, smiling helpful staff, and a feeling of bonhomie surrounded us as we entered the restaurant, and were shown to our table. Drinks ordered, we began our three course luncheon. All the foods are on a self service basis, and the choices for the first course we're such that we could have managed without any more courses. The emphasis was on fish, in a natural not over decorated form. There was a choice of 3 meats and salmon offered for the main course, and the only disappointing point here, was that at 13.00 half way through the lunch time offerings, the meats were cool and whilst good quality on the over cooked side. The same went for the excellent selection of vegetables, one realized they had been there for a while. All totally edible and enjoyed, could just have been hotter. I accept that this is a difficult situation at Sunday lunch time, when over a 2 hour period you will be coping with about a 100 customers.
There was a good selection of desserts and cheese, I did point out to the mâitre after the meal, that there could perhaps have been notes to explain the varied gateaux and pies on offer. A tray of coffee is included in the generous price. My husband and I agreed that this was certainly a venue to bring guests on a Sunday.
One suggestion for visitors when reserving a table, is to ask for a window side table, then whilst enjoying the meal you can see the world go by. less