Fire Pit at Drift, Southsea

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Drift Bar

Fire Pit

We were invited to the launch of Fire Pit at Drift in Southsea to check out their new food and winter cocktail menu.¬†What’s Fire Pit? I hear you ask. Well, they’re Drift’s new kitchen, serving unique BBQ style tapas, flame-grilled burgers, wood-fired pizzas and the all-important Sunday roasts.

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Mushroom arancini

I haven’t been to Drift on Palmerston Road for years. Mainly, because I’m a little too old for nights ‘out out’ and that’s what Drift was always known for, a good night out. Back then it was filled with people, music and brightly coloured lights amongst the dark and I never really got a good look around. So, when we walked through the door I was surprised by the fun vibrant decor that greeted me. It really did look special and there were lots to look at like a giant pink monkey and different lamp shades including one that was a giraffe.

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Purple Rain cocktail

The drinks

We were treated to samples of their new winter cocktail menu which included the following:

  • Aunt Mary
  • Spiced apple Zombie
  • Biscoff ice cream sundae – I can’t remember the official name!
  • Figgy Suprise

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All were very tasty with Aunt Mary being my favourite as I have a sweet tooth. The Biscoff one was delicious too and contained an actual Biscoff biscuit and a huge dollop of ice cream – the perfect dessert!

Carlos had a pint of Beaver Town Gamma Ray craft beer while I had a very nice glass of Australian red which was called ‘Big Aussie’ – I highly recommend this flavoursome wine.

Sticky bbq ribs

The food

The Fire Pit food menu has lots to choose from including pizzas and burgers. We were given a sample of their small plates and pizzas. The dishes we had were:

  • Homemade focaccia & olives
  • Mushroom arancini
  • Spiced beef
  • Slow-cooked sticky ribs
  • Pan-fried tiger prawns
  • Salt & pepper squid
  • Mini chorizo in red wine
  • Selection of wood-fired pizza
Fresh focaccia

The homemade bread was really fresh and bouncy, a winner for us. The ribs just fell off the bone so we enjoyed those too. For dessert, we treated ourselves to an espresso martini and then went back for another!

We enjoyed the live music from Harrison Rhys and it was nice to catch up with Portsmouth Food Guide too.

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Quirky interior

The pizza

The Fire Pit Guys invited us back in to try one of their pizzas and a couple of cocktails including the insta-worthy Purple Rain. We enjoyed the goat cheese, parma ham and caramelised onion pizza and we have to say, it was really good! Possibly the best pizza in town which is a big claim! Impressive!

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Goats cheese, parma ham and caramelised onion pizza

Thanks for the invite Drift & Fire Pit!

Photos by Southsea Snapper

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