Cafe Fresco, Southsea

Cafe Fresco is serving up great coffee and food by Canoe Lake in Southsea. Pick up some lunch from the cafe and enjoy watching people on the pedalo swans on the boating lake!

Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

This cafe is a wonderful addition to Eastern Parade and is well situated next to the tennis club behind the play area.

I always thought this building could be put to better use and now it has been. Cafe Fresco really adds to the area, making it such a nicer place to visit. I am so happy someone’s doing something good with the building.

Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Inside Cafe Fresco

The dark wooden cabin has undergone a huge transformation, with big flower boxes outside, and forest green shutters.

I received a very warm welcome from the team working and was relieved to find out they allow dogs. I’m temporarily looking after a dog and have never had taking one out as a consideration before.

Dogs are allowed at Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Inside it’s clean and white with a stunning hanging floral display in the centre of the space. The hanging flower installations, by Pom Pom Factory span the length of the cafe. The installation immediately catches your eye when you walk in. It’s so pretty!

The flower installation at Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

The lovely owner also let me know the flowers will change for special occasions with an installation for Christmas already planned.

The flower installation at Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

A beautiful wooden counter sits at one end alongside a display unit full of delicious looking food.

At the time I went the cafe had only recently opened at the end of the first ease of lockdown. Therefore the inner space was lacking furniture and instead had clear social distancing markers on the floor and a focus on take away food.

Obviously as things change the seating set up may change too so it’s best to check their Instagram or website to see what the current set up and service is.

Food and Drink

The menu is concise offering a hearty range of baguettes, salads, soups and snacks with the occasional special.

Cakes at Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

The display counter is full of nice looking cakes and savoury sausage rolls both for vegetarian and meat eaters. I couldn’t help but pick up one of the sweet potato, goats cheese with caramelised onion and one of the chorizo, pork and caramelised onion sausage rolls for later.

Cakes at Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

What a good call that was, back home I popped them in the oven for five minutes and shared them for a very tasty dinner.

Sausage rolls from Cafe Fresco by Canoe Lake in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Thought has gone into sourcing local ingredients like coffee from one of my favourite local roasters, Winchester Coffee Roasters.

I’m looking forward to try some other things on the menu too, and love the idea of taking some food to sit and eat on Southsea beach.

Cafe Fresco

Cafe Fresco is another great little cafe in Southsea helping to make it a thriving haven for independents. I think it’s a lovely set up and can’t wait to visit again when I’m in the area.

I was excited to hear the owner’s plans and for the supper clubs and pop ups are on the horizon. I’ll be keep an eye out for these.

Visit the Cafe Fresco Facebook page. OR, Cafe Fresco’s Instagram page!

Have you discovered Cafe Fresco yet? Let me know in the comments below.

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