The Queens Hotel in Southsea reopens after £4.4 million redevelopment
Friday May 21st, 2021
The Queens Hotel in Southsea has opened its refurbished restaurant as part of a multimillion-pound redevelopment.
The hotel in Clarence Parade has reopened for its 1865 restaurant – named after the founding date of the venue – with an updated menu following a major overhaul during the national lockdown.
It is a part of a £4.4m redevelopment that has revamped the hotel’s historic lobby and two floors of bedrooms, as well as the restaurant’s adjoining bar. In the kitchen, head chef Simon Hartnett – who is ‘Pompey born and bred’ and trained at Highbury College – is looking to use his previous experience at five-star hotels to serve up a range of fish dishes.
The executive chef, who previously worked at the Harbour Hotel in Southampton, said: “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.
“I’ve always been interested in local produce and with experience I have learned the importance of letting just a few elements on a plate speak for themselves. I am Pompey born and bred and have always seen the Queens Hotel as a sleeping giant, with so much potential.”
The Queens Hotel currently has 76 rooms over three floors, with plans for a refurbished fourth floor to add an additional 18 rooms, subject to planning permission.