My family has a number of birthdays within a couple of weeks of each other, so we booked to go to the Queens for an Afternoon Tea.
Because there are a number of children we booked for less people than there were, but that did not affect the service and courtesy of the staff who found room for everyone with grace and kindness that is often lost in our hectic age.
The food was lovely and heavily steered towards the cake element of the tea. The champagne additional was well worth it, as it wasn't the often served sparkly wine nonsense. It wasn't a vintage Verve, but it was very tasty nevertheless!
No visibility of the rooms as only ventured through the reception and public areas. But would definitely do similar again as felt very spoilt and on that basis, would highly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original Queen's hotel was known as Southsea House and was built by the architect Augustus Livesay, in 1861. It was then a large private house owned by Sir John and Lady Morris and was later transformed into one of the first hotels in Southsea by William Kemp Junior, this is when it became known as the Queen's Hotel. In the late 18th century the Queen's Hotel had a yacht club that stood behind it called the Royal Albert and was also surrounded by woods, which were then called Stone Woods.On December 8th 1891 in the early hours of the Sunday morning a disastrous and fatal fire occurred. Aided by strong winds it raged until the whole of the premises had been completely gutted. The Hotel was rebuilt in 1903 by the architect T.W.Cutler into the splendid building that stands today, complete with its Edwardian baroque style in brown terracotta. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queens Hotel Portsmouth