*This post contains meals that were gifted for review but all opinons are my own.
Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth is an area that’s often regarded as just filled with pubs and clubs and somewhere that should just be avoided at any time before 9pm when the drunk students come out in force.
However, what people fail to acknowledge is that there are actually some good places to eat down the strip. Situated in the former site of Yates is the new Dockyard, owned by Stonegate pubs who are also the people who own The Fleet and Popworld just around the corner.
I was invited to the opening night which was the night before the opening to the public and I was pleasantly surprised. Having previously been the Yates and not being impressed I wasn’t expecting much, but the Dockyard exceeded all of my expectations.
The Dockyard is fully decked out and ready to go. The menu caters for everyone possible including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free with not only their menu clearly marked but also the beers and the sweets behind the bar and mounted to the wall.
We had a table of four booked and were each gifted a meal and a drink. Drinks included any of the range of beers and ciders (vegan options listed), a glass of wine or a soft drink. We tested out two of the beers, one of the ciders from the Lilley’s range and a glass of the rose wine and all were lovely.
As for the meals, we had a range of meat eaters, vegetarians (me) and vegans go so we got to try a large range of the menu The Dockyard had on offer. Out of the entire menu, we got to try the vegan Red Pepper & Onion Mac and Cheese, the vegan Keema, the regular Mac and Cheese and the Chicken Shish Kebab.
I think the only complaint any one of us had about the meals is that both the mac and cheeses (vegan and not) felt more like a lunch portion; even though they came with a sizeable side salad, the food itself was incredible and I’d like to see if they manage to uphold this past the opening and into the full life of the restaurant.
While definitely giving the impression of being more upmarket than the Yates that held that location before it, The Dockyard definitely feels like somewhere that’s accessible for both the general public and students alike.
Thank you so much to The Dockyard Portsmouth to inviting me along and I’ll be sure to visit again soon!