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Queens Hotel Restaurant 1865 in top 10% worldwide

December 21, 2022

Positive reviews from satisfied diners have helped Restaurant 1865 at The Queens Hotel to secure a major accolade from Tripadvisor.  Every year the online review site celebrates restaurants that consistently deliver amazing experiences with a Travellers’ Choice Award – and this year, Restaurant 1865 are in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.

The Queens Hotel General Manager, Paul Playford said he was delighted with the accolade.

“We are really pleased that Restaurant 1865 has been singled out in this way. It is great recognition for the kitchen and restaurant staff who are part of a wider team at the hotel working to deliver the best possible service for visitors and guests,” he said.

Queens Hotel Chef Simon Hartnett
Executive Chef Simon Harnett

The hotel really values feedback from customers – and of course, glowing reviews always make them happy.

Executive Chef Simon Hartnett, said:

“It’s always great to receive recognition for what you do and we always take note of the reviews that our customers take the time to leave. Our latest seasonal menu is proving really popular”

Ever since he was a child Simon Hartnett has had a fascination with flavours and a calling to make his name in cuisine.

“I’ve always been interested in local produce and with experience I have learned the importance of letting just a few elements on a plate speak for themselves.

“My ethos is to buy the best ingredients locally and draw on the modern food influences to create British food that reflects the melting pot of cultures and flavours,” he explained.

Simon trained at Highbury College and worked in top hotels (most recently the five star Harbour Hotel in Southampton) and two rosette gastro pubs before taking up his role at the Queens Hotel. Cooking must be in the genes as his uncle Gary Mehigan is a celebrity chef in Australia working on MasterChef Australia

“I am Pompey born and bred and have always seen the Queens Hotel as a sleeping giant, with so much potential. We have assembled a great kitchen team and together we have created a menu that changes seasonally and reflects the wonderful produce we have on our doorstep,” he said.

Read more – Queens Hotel prepares for Southsea Food Festival 


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