Seems the Churchillian has always been there be but we have never stopped before. A pie and a pint is no longer what we wanted, a sandwich and coffee it was to be and, since the pubs all started serving food, the interesting cafes along the way have sadly vanished. There were few customers at the time and we found a table at the window; this is the only eatery up on the hill and the view is unbelievable, even to a local. The whole of Portsmouth harbour is spread out just like a map and it is easy to determine why this water has been a military harbour for about two thousand years. I recommend at least one session at this window for anyone unfamiliar with the area. The coffee came from one of those "any kind of coffee" machines which probably used some sort of milk substitute so ordered a black coffee with cold milk (turned out to be two pots of something that definitely wasn't called milk). A cheese and ham sandwich (not on the menu but I was hungry) was made with thick slices of bread which is always a good sign and it was fine. We were enjoying the view when a nearby table started being laid up for a party of about eight which presages noise in our experience and the party group was starting to collect at the bar. We settled up and left. The cheese and ham sandwich was charged as a cheese sandwich and a ham sandwich! We can recommend the view and the food served to us was excessive if that is to your taste but we have no need to visit for a proper meal. We even discussed returning when the weather improves but decided against as we have seen the crowds taking up the viewing places when the sun is shining. The bar was being serviced by a young man who was draped across the counter when we arrived but was polite and friendly when he took our order.
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