ABOUT US

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We opened our doors for the very first time on April 1st 2015 as a small, family run business. Since then we have received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement from our customers and have therefore managed to establish ourselves as one of Southsea’s most popular dining destinations. If it’s all about location, location, location then we believe we have one of the most beautiful and unusual ones in the city. Steeped in history, a trip to Southsea Castle and The Courtyard isn’t just about fantastic food and fabulous cocktails, you can also soak up some Tudor culture whilst you’re at it.
What more could you ask for?


Our team are proud to have been involved in some of Portsmouth’s most prominent events including being the sole caterer for both the Americas World Cup VIP banquet and all 800 members of the Victorious Festival Artist and Crew. Most recently we had the honour of cooking for Princess Anne on her visit to officially open the D-Day landing craft.

The Courtyard is available for private hire for parties and corporate events as well as weddings. We cater exclusively for all weddings held at Southsea Castle providing a variety of menu options from formal four course dinners to hog roasts and fish and chips.


Families are welcome and we even have a special dog friendly dining room for those of you with furry friends.

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Our Team

With an emphasis on ‘cooking from scratch’ our aim is to create a friendly and relaxed
experience for all our customers and to be flexible with accommodating specific dietary
requirements. This includes offering gluten free cakes and dishes, vegan dishes and
healthy children’s options.

The Castle

Southsea Castle was a coastal defence fort  built for King Henry VIII.
Built in 1544, it was supposedly designed by the King himself and was the location from which he watched the fateful sinking of his favourite ship The Mary Rose, during the battle of The Solent. The castle was an active military base for over 400 years as it was perfectly located to protect Portsmouth harbour from attacks from The Solent. In 1814 it was completely renovated having fallen in to a state of dilapidation and later used as a military prison during Victorian times. Finally in 1960 it was retired from active service. These days it provides a far more tranquil purpose as a popular visitor destination and fitting home for The Courtyard. Your visit to us can include taking in the views of the Isle of Wight from the castle ramparts surrounded by dramatic cannons or visiting the fascinating museum within.
for more information southseacastle.co.uk.

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