All you need to know about Portchester

The area

Portchester, once a small village, is now a bustling hub located between the expanding areas of Portsmouth and Southampton just off the A27. 

It forms part of the borough of Fareham and takes its name from the Latin ‘Portus Adurni’ meaning ‘fort’ or ‘fortified town’. It’s also home to the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps.

Portchester’s rich history is evident with some of the beautiful historical Georgian properties that can be found throughout the area. 

The average semi-detached family home could set you back around £260,000 and the average flat £130,000. 

From the buzz of the weekly farmer’s market and appeal of the array of shops in nearby Fareham, you’ll quickly fall in love with Portchester’s quaint charm. 

Things to do

Steeped in history and impressive battles, a day out to Portchester Castle is a must! This medieval castle dates back to the 11th Century and was built on the site of a Roman fort. 

The castle was a choice location for King John and served as his hunting lodge and later as a prison.  Today, the castle hosts exciting exhibitions, tours and stories of a historical building that has stood the test of time.

Port Solent Waterside Market runs every second Sunday of the month. This idyllic setting sees an array of stalls include art, furnishing, crafts, specialty food and drink with a focus on local produce.

Felicia Park Urban Community Farm is just a couple of miles away by car. This educational, family-run farm is home to horses, ponies, goats and fowl and could be a great day out with the kids.

Food & Drink

The Cormorant public house has a certificate of excellence and serves a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings and other classic dishes to satisfy all the family. Dishes come in either small or hearty-sized portions and are made with locally sourced produce, supporting local businesses.

The Salt Café offers picturesque views over the water and barges anchored nearby. They have an excellent selection of tea and homemade cakes to make the perfect setting for an afternoon catch-up with friends. 

Their well-balanced menu offers great brunch selections from baked avocado with chorizo to butcher’s sausage sandwiches with homemade chutney. 

While you’re there, why not try the cheese and charcuterie boards? The Salt Café is also taking part in the competition to be named Britain’s top cafe – so watch this space!

The Norman-built St Mary’s Church is well-known among the locals for its tea room offering delicious handmade cakes, friendly service and great value for money.

For an evening that is full of flavour, Riverside Spice is a perfect choice, serving fine Indian and Asian cuisine with excellent customer service. 

Villa Romana, located nearby on Fareham High Street, is a good option for a special occasion. With its exposed brick interior and great atmosphere, it has become a favourite of locals and visitors alike.  You’ll have trouble picking from the classic fresh pasta dishes, seafood and the succulent fillet steak! 


This busy commuter suburb is well-served with excellent rail links. The regular services to London Victoria and London Waterloo make Portchester a popular choice for commuters who enjoy a coastal lifestyle. Train services also provide connections to Southampton, Fareham, Portsmouth and Brighton.

By road, Portchester is near the A27 and the M27 with connections at junctions 11 and 12 providing access to London and nearby Portsmouth or Southampton.

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