The Queens Hotel opens new restaurant amid £4.4m refurb

The Queens Hotel in Southsea, Portsmouth, has announced the opening of a new restaurant as part of its £4.4m refurbishment. 

‘Restaurant 1985’ was designed with help from London design studio, Studio Kinford.

As part of the refurb, the team focused on creating a “home away from home” experience for guests using a balance of traditional bespoke furniture and mid-century vintage items, to “harmonise and compliment the hotel’s Edwardian character”.

In addition, the hotel has appointed Simon Hartnett as new executive chef of the venue.

Hartnett trained at Highbury College and worked at Harbour Hotel in Southampton and two rosette gastro pubs before taking up his new role.

He said: “I am Pompey born and bred and have always seen the Queens Hotel as a sleeping giant, with so much potential. We have assembled a great kitchen team and together we have created a menu that will change seasonally and reflect the wonderful produce we have on our doorstep.

“Being a coastal hotel, we thought it was important to reflect our location with a number of fish dishes ranging from Tandoori Monkfish to Pan Roasted Cod and Sea Bass.”

Jodie Chamberlain, food and beverage manager, added:  “We have focused on creating a relaxed fine dining experience with an emphasis on using the best possible local produce to make delicious food.

“We want 1865 to be the restaurant you choose because it offers the best food in wonderful surroundings – and we can’t wait for people to come and sample our exciting menu.”

The Queens Hotel, is a Grade II listed building, and currently houses 74 rooms, two bars and a restaurant.

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