Portsdown U3A

Dining Out Group


Hello and welcome to The Dining Out Group or “ladies wot lunch !”, although we would love to see some more gentlemen join us and please be assured “boys” you will receive a warm welcome.

Sometimes it is a daunting task to dine alone in a restaurant so why not join us and be part of a convivial group and enjoy a good meal and perhaps with a beverage of your choice.

On a personal note may I on behalf of the group personally thank Audrey Evans, our previous group leader, for all the stirling work she has done establishing this group from the start ten years ago.

Group Leader: Vivienne Grigson
Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk


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    We meet at 12.30pm every 2nd Thursday of the month at various restaurants around the city although mainly in Southsea and Gunwharf Quays. Previous visits have included:

    • Sopranos
    • Cafe Rouge
    • Noble House
    • Rocksby’s
    • Loch Fyne

    There are so many eateries in and around this area sometimes we are spoilt for choice so any new suggestions are welcome.

    We have also dined at Southdowns College and Chimes, both of which are catering colleges for the next generation of chefs… so maybe you can say I was there when… !

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    Who doesn’t enjoy a Roast on a Sunday so why not come along and eat one with us? We meet at 12.30pm on every 4th Sunday of the month at restaurants which either incorporate a Sunday lunch or a carvery.

    Previous outings have been to:

    • Queens Hotel
    • Toby Carvery
    • The Dolphin
    • White Horse.

    Our next meal will be at Restaurant 69, which is situated in Palmerston Rd Precinct, Southsea, on Sunday 24th September at 1pm. The Menu is varied with a choice of 5 starters, 6 mains, including Roasts, and 5 Desserts (or puddings as we like to call them!)

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    Who likes so be beside the seaside ? Well on Thursday October 12th at 12.30 we will be dining at Rocksbys Fish and Chip Restaurant on Clarence Parade. Easy to find, along the esplanade between South Parade and Clarence Pier. Excellent seaside fayre but other options are available

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    Hate to mention the C word here but we have made a booking on December 14th for our CHRISTMAS Lunch which will be held at Churchills, Marmion Road, Southsea. The menu consists of a choice of 4 starters, mains and desserts. £22 for 2 courses or £25.00 for the “full” experience. Early booking via our normal channels is recommended as we have initially reserved 10 places and the venue has a limited capacity but they have said they can fit one or two extra people if the need arises