Cosy Club prides themselves on being just that – the sort of place that creates a cosy, 1920s club-like atmosphere.
Launching on the seafront in Gunwharf Quays, you can’t deny they’ve got a prime location. Occupying the old site of the now-deceased Water Margin (may it rest in peace), Cosy Club overlooks both the Spinnaker Tower and the Harbour, tucked into a quiet little corner out the way of the busier areas.
With a menu that boasts all-day breakfast and brunch up until 5pm, lunch, tapas, mains and a cocktail menu to die for, you’re spoilt for choice. There are also a number of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The options are clearly marked, even down to which wines on the menu are vegan which is very much appreciated.
Even just upon entry you can tell it’s nothing like the other restaurants around. Describing itself as having an “aristocratic abundance with a dash of local village cricket pottiness”, you know you’re not in for your usual meal out. That is, if the floor-to-ceiling 20s-style paintings and waiters in traditional 20s dress didn’t give it away first.
On the launch night we were treated to a small selection of tapas (the Mediterranean Plate and Super Grain Salad to be precise), both of which were delicious, and consistent top-ups of our wine glasses. I’m not going to be one to complain about that!
The friendly staff also know a lot about the history of Cosy Club. Our server for the evening spent a while informing us of how the chandeliers were made by the same maker as some props on Game Of Thrones. There’s even an entire Queen Victoria section in Portsmouth’s restaurant.
If the launch night of Cosy Club is anything to go by, it’s certainly going to be a popular fixture in the city. A queue out the door on its first night is certainly something to boast about! After food was served, guests were all making their way to the bar to sample the vast array of drinks on offer and keeping the staff on their toes.
The growing chain certainly stands out amongst the other restaurants situated nearby, with the quality of food really speaking for itself.
Cosy Club have selected local charity Home Start as its charity partner. Throughout April in its first month of opening, Cosy Club will be donating 50p from every burger and 20p from every coffee sold to the charity, so if you want an unusual evening out for a good cause, you know what to do.