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The Wave Maiden – Now Open!

Southsea’s purveyors of sincere beer and homemade cheese-based dishes have opened their doors this week. They say good things come to those who wait. I can confirm after my trip to see the The Wave Maiden team on Tuesday that they are onto a very good thing!

Keep an eye out here for a full feature over the coming weeks. In the meantime for opening times and all other information check out their Facebook and Twitter @TheWaveMaiden.

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5th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

We are proud to launch our 5th annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition for 2015!  The rules are the same and last year we had our largest amount of entries and the strongest competition we’ve ever seen.  In a landmark 5th year we’re hoping for more of the same!

We’ve had great success in the previous four years with ALL winners going on to have their winning brews re-brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and sold in a range of pubs in and around Portsmouth.

The judging panel will consist of Malcolm Irving from Irving & Co. Brewers in Portsmouth,  Stuart Ainsworth who is Landlord of the Leopold Tavern which is Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA pub of the year multi award winner and one other beer professional to be confirmed soon.

This year we are opting for a 2 categories again.  1st category will be the ale brew.  Whether you already are a home brewer or you really want to have a go for the first time and get involved, this is designed to make no boundaries for the brewer.  This category is made to really let the skills be shown of your home brewing talent.

The 2nd category will be the ‘Other’ category.  Lagers, Ginger Beers & Ciders for this one with same rules with the 1st category regards to unrestricted brewing rules.

Your brews will be judged on

  • TASTE
  • AROMA
  • COLOR
  • CLARITY
  • DRINKABILITY
  • NAME/PRESENTATION/LABEL

You can enter as many entries as you like either as an individual or a team.

The judging evening will take place at a new location for 2015, the brand new Meat & Barrel on Palmerston Road, Southsea on Wednesday 4th February 2015 so get it in your diaries.

There will be more posts up along the way and feel free to send us pictures on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with the hashtag #SIHomeBrew

Also, more good news, we now have a home brew shop open here in Southsea! Drop by Elm Grove and check out Get Brewing for all your ingredients and equipment supplies.

Happy brewing!

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

4th Annual Strong Island Homebrew Competition

The Teatray

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If you head down to Southsea’s Osbourne Road you will find a treasure trove of independent food and drink establishments. If you look closer you may see pieces of urban art which lead you to The Teatray based at the Southsea common end of the road where fresh sea air flows to great you.

We were invited to have breakfast with owners Fark, Nicky and baby daughter Poppy. Whilst sipping on hot coffee and tea (specially blended for them by a man in a shed based in Brighton, Fark informs us) we talk about everything from art and community to food and family life.

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The Teatray is expanding the amount artists represented in the city, from local creatives to established internationals including My Dog Sighs, B-Toy, Snub23 amongst many others to display work that is ever-changing and embraces all areas of urban art forms. These include paste ups, street art, stickers, stencils, one-off designs and custom toy designers like Kid Robot. The shops’ sign was painted by Gary (Instagram: @Gary_Msk_Ha), a member of the famous MSK crew and the cheeky seagull by artist Morf. The seagull is removable and will be auctioned off for charity in the future.

On Tuesday evenings the cafe is full of knitters and crafters who meet socially; anyone is welcome to join and bring a project with them.

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With art and design being at the centre of The Teatray’s heart it’s easily reflected in the beautiful custom interior of the cafe. A well curated blend of vintage, customised furniture and bright flashes of colour that would cheer you up on the darkest of wet winter afternoons. Not to mention Nicky’s stunning homemade cakes and treats proudly displayed on an elegant cocktail cabinet. Toward the back of Teatray you will find a shop space which sells gifts, homeware and handmade artisan products.

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Another recent addition is the new menu which is exceptionally well executed. From a full breakfast, homely porridge with fresh berries to mushrooms and caramelised onion on toasted brioche. The lunch menu is equally delicious and of course the list of cakes and treats is hard to resist.

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After enjoying breakfast together we talk about family, Like a Teatray in the Sky is true family business. With Fark and Nicky greeting customers like old friends and daughter Poppy happily playing away it feels comfortable and relaxed.

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Bread Making Courses Now Available from Bread Addiction

Bread Addiction in Elm Grove has since opening become a really popular place to not just buy tasty artisan breads and pastries but also a bakers in the heart of Southsea opening their doors to local people in different ways. From early next year one of these ways will be with new break making courses.

These new bread making courses will be led by Bread Addiction bakers and who will teach the secrets of sourdough bread making and how to keep the wild yeast alive. The courses will also include a few other types of bread and use different techniques together which are easy replicate at home. Each class includes:

– Sourdough mother
– Recipes
– Bread Addiction bag
– Banneton
– Lunch/refreshments

and all your beautiful breads you will make by your hands!

Dates:

Sunday 18.01.2015
Sunday 25.01.2015
Sunday 01.02.2015
Sunday 08.02.2015

Each course is £85 per person (with a maximum of 8 people per one class) and can be booked by calling 07411 449177, emailing info@breadaddiction.co.uk or directly in the shop at 54 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO51JG. Gift vouchers for the courses are also available.

Bread Making Courses Now Available from Bread Addiction

Staggeringly Good

Portsmouth has the most pubs per square metre than any other city in the UK”. I have always wondered how true this frequently quoted adage was. Okay, so we are a pretty densely populated city, and we do enjoy a rather impressive naval history. Combine these factors and the outcome was always going to be drinking holes on every corner, ready to sate the unquenchable thirst of both locals and sailors alike. Of course, pubs are nothing without the breweries that supply them, and between 1784 and 1847 there was a record 90 breweries in Portsmouth alone. Fast forward to 2014 and our city is a slightly different place; the historical breweries are long gone, either despatched by the profitable housing industry or bought out and shut down by some drinks company in Chiswick.

However all is not lost, and thanks in part to the craft beer revolution, the sounds of production have started again. We are already familiar with local stalwarts such as Irving & Co, Oakleaf across the water in Gosport and the new kid on the block Brewhouse. Yet quietly creeping into the fridges of choice pubs are the dinosaur labelled bottles of Staggeringly Good. Conceived as refreshments for stag do’s, born from the loins of the Brewhouse equipment and premiered at last year’s Portsmouth Beer Festival, Staggeringly Good is here to bring you a whole new spin on the classic Indian Pale Ale. From the kaffir lime leaves of the ThaiRannoCitrus, through to the smoked heat of Extinction Black and the deep flavour of it’s newest creation the VelociRapture. Going for a night out? You can find Staggeringly Good in The Leopold, The Belle Isle, The Hole In The Wall and other forward thinking establishments. Going to a party? Cases of 12 bottles are available to buy online from their webshop, with free delivery in the Portsmouth area. I sat down with local IPA connoisseur Gareth Colwell to selflessly deconstruct these beers on your behalf.

StaggerSaurus IPA (4%):
The first and the original, this one is a pretty straight forward affair: the perfect session IPA, it’s gentle bitterness ideal for a summer BBQ or the first drinks of your night out.

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ThaiRannoCitrus (4%):
Thai themed beers are a bit marmitey; you either go for them or you don’t. In this case SG have shifted the focus on subtle kaffir lime leaves rather than punches of coriander and lemongrass. The notes of peach and lime would be the perfect accompaniment for any coconut based spicy curry dish. Would be great to see these in the Albert Road curry houses.

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Extinction Black Chilli IPA (5.7%):
One for the chilli heads, the Extinction Black comes in two forms: the black caps which packs a huge scotch bonnet punch and the red cap which is a milder more smokey version. In fact this one isn’t a million miles away from a decent smoked porter, the fruity chilliness lingers pleasantly at the back of the throat. Good with a hunk of mature cheese I reckon.

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VelociRapture American IPA (6.5%):
Repent all sinners! SG’s newest and boldest creation includes strong bursts of grapefruit and citrus. This West Coast influenced homage to Sierra Nevada is, in our opinion, the pick of the crop. It’s clean after-taste definitively makes it a choice beer for end-times.

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For further information or updates you can follow Staggeringly Good on their Twitter or give them a like on their FB page.

Meat and Barrel

Plenty of you will have noticed the old Bamboo Bar on Palmerston Road has finally been taken over and being given a complete face lift. We are excited to update you that this will soon become the Meat and Barrel.

Meat and Barrel is brought to you by the team behind Little Johnny Russells, The Belle Isle, Portsmouth Beer Festival and not to forget Victorious Festival. So, expect to be treated to a fantastic looking venue, a great bar with plenty of craft beers, real ales, ciders and wines and a menu to satisfy even the most enthusiastic of carnivores not to mention plenty of tasty options for vegetarian friends too. There will even the British classic roasts available on Sundays.

I can’t wait until it opens in December! If you would like to follow the progress then you can find them on Facebook HERE or on Twitter @meatandbarrel.

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5th Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

Can you believe it, we’re heading into our fifth year of competition.  It’s that time of year when you get the Autumn feeling setting in and you know it’s time to dust off the hydrometer and make a trip down to Wilko’s (or browse any other reputable home brew suppliers) to stock up on brewing kit.

Last year saw the greatest turn out by far in the history of the competition and with this being a landmark 5th year, we’re hoping to see even more top brews entered.  Last year’s winner, Malaccan Pirate, was a storming success selling well in many Portsmouth pubs and it was also one of the first beers to sell out at the Portsmouth Beer Festival back in May.

My hops are harvested and i’m ready to get cracking.  We have yet to confirm a date for the judging evening but we will aim to announce a set date for February 2015 very soon so be sure to keep an eye out.

In the mean time happy brewing!

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The Portsea Island Beer Festival 2014

Heads up all to beer drinkers! This weekend sees the start of the annual Portsea Island Beer Festival at the Groundlings Theatre: the fourth beer festival organised by Portsmouth’s very own Irving and Co Brewers Ltd. Fifty cask ales will be showcased from all round the UK, including locally produced ciders and perries. Alongside this a wide selection of exciting new British beers will be available on the night, including many local favourites. A great time has been had over the last three years so come along and enjoy live music, good food and a fantastic atmosphere. Times and dates are as follows, with tickets available from The Leopold Tavern and The Hole In The Wall:

Friday 10th October 12 til 4pm
Friday 10th October 6 til 11pm

Saturday 11th October 12 til 4pm
Saturday 11th October 6 til 11pm

Ticket prices:
Fri 12 til 4pm (preview session) £4
Fri 6 til 11pm £8
Sat 12 til 4pm £5
Sat 6 til 11pm £8

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Portsmouth Beer Festival – New Christmas Sessions

What better way to get stuck into the Christmas merriment than at Portsmouth Beer Festival’s all new “Christmas Sessions” at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December 2014.

Festival Organiser Ben Miles says, “We’re proud that The Portsmouth Beer Festival is back after the sell-out weekend back in May and we are looking forward to presenting our “Christmas Sessions”. A celebration of craft beers and cask ales, alongside a selection of ciders, mulled wine, mulled cider and festive street food all set to the backdrop of more fantastic live entertainment – line-up to be released soon, so watch this space!”

Beers will be featured from local breweries as well as from around the UK. A large variety of darker beers will feature to suit the season, but fear not there will still be a fine selection of pale ales and hoppy craft beers on offer. Expect to see beers from the likes of Ilkley, Dark Star and Tiny Rebel as well as local brewers The Brewhouse, Havant and Irving & Co amongst many, many more.

Again the event will be raising money for two fantastic charities in the extremely popular Pub Games Room for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and the RNLI.

Ben adds “We’re looking forward to getting many people’s Christmas festivities off to an enjoyable start at these “Christmas Sessions”. A lot of people won’t have to go to work on the Monday and it will be a great for social gatherings, work parties and generally catching up over an interesting Christmasy pint!”

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Al Burrito’s Mexican Wrestling @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Al Burrito have been doing a fine job in bringing a little bit of Mexico to Albert Road over the last six months. I’ve been loving their pulled pork burrito’s but you can’t go wrong with the signature Al’s Burrito which includes pork, chicken and beef! It’s great to see that they’ve rapidly grown to become one of Southsea’s most loved food establishments. They have even gone from the one single moped for deliveries to now possessing a fleet.

Next week the Wedgewood Rooms will play host to Al Burrito’s very first Mexican Wrestling Event. Yes, proper Mexican Wrestling! As well as the lucha libre’s there will be music courtesy of Heir of the Dog, Blackfoot Circle and Remedy Sounds.

Tickets are available for £5 on the door or half price if you are dressed as a Mexican. You can get your hands on some tickets on the Wedgewood Rooms website HERE.

Stay up to date on all things Al’s on Facebook and Twitter @Al_Burrito.

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Local Photographer – David Jacobs

Based in Chichester but a constant visitor to Southsea, Portsmouth, Hayling and all of the Chichester harbour area, David Jacobs’ photos capture the warmth of the local light and and the inspiring natural views of the local landscape and coastline. To see more of David’s photos be sure to click ‘Read More’ below and check David’s Flickr.

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Amazing Vintage Naval Posters

I found these truly amazing posters on one of my many Flickr travels. All circa 1930s and all fantastic. Click the images for the direct links to Flickr.












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Created Local – Caleigh Illerbrun

Old University friend Tom Hall sent me over a link to his extremely talented and prolific girlfriend Caleigh Illerbrun’s online portfolio www.caleigh-ill.com. With illustration, painting and 3 dimensional work firmly tucked under her belt Caleigh has an impressive amount of work on her site, some of which is up for grabs. Currently selling coasters over in her SHOP, Caleigh needs a little help identifying the favourites as she has an advert coming out soon in a magazine.

I’m loving the ‘Wood Tree’ coaster set below, and very much so the ‘Bearlamb’ acrylic & pen at the bottom. You can also follow Caleigh on Facebook and also her blog.

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 1

Jonathan & Matthew Ring recently released a book of archive Portsmouth photography that was taken by their grandparents over the years (find out more about the book HERE). As well as photographs they also found a load of footage filmed around the city and have just released their first episode of their Portsmouth on Film.

This episode has some great footage from the early 90s, including some from the Tour de France.

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