Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NQ
The award-winning Brasserie restaurant at The Langstone Hotel upholds a long-standing reputation for first-class dining. Visitors arriving at the two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant are instantly enamoured by its peaceful waterside location. This one-of-a-kind spot, overlooking the Langstone harbour and estuary, sets the scene for a stellar dining experience where modern comfort, contemporary decor and a relaxed, informal atmosphere blend to create something spectacular. Keeping a sharp focus on outstanding seasonal food and drink, head chef James Parsons delivers regularly changing menus that consistently delight. A typical bill of fare might see diners beginning with terrine of rabbit with pickled pear, carrot, ginger bread and celery tops, or grilled black pudding with bacon crumble, confit egg yolk, warm brioche and mushroom ketchup, before pressing on to mains of 12-hour-braised blade of beef accompanied by carrot purée, girolle mushroom and merlot jus. Menus regularly showcase fresh fish, such as skrei cod in red wine, served with squid ink mash, charred shallot and smoked cauliflower. Before picking up the bill, it’s always worth asking for a not-so-cursory glimpse at the dessert menu, where treats such as passion fruit panna cotta with coriander brittle and warm white chocolate, and chocolate mousse with honeycomb, bitter chocolate sponge and orange jelly will undoubtedly tempt you to stay a little longer.