Carter & Co, located on Great Southsea Street, has opened seven hotel rooms based on a nautical theme to give visitors a “full experience” of what Portsmouth has to offer in a “prime” location.
A team of around 15-20 artisans have been transforming the upstairs space since the restaurant opened in May 2021 and the team are “pleased” to finally open the rooms to the public for reservations.
Each En Suite room is inspired by the seaside, with seagull wallpaper, beach huts, and a mix of blues and creams and heritage colors.
Father and son Steve Kingsley and Tom Kingsley Cannell took over the Grade II listed building in December 2020, alongside Michael Forfar, after the upstairs had been abandoned for over two years.
So when Tom, 32, first saw the £100,000+ renovation completed he was ‘amazed’ at what the team had achieved.
He said: “My first impression was ‘wow’, just because looking at the before and after pictures you would never know it was the same place.”
“Our initial thoughts were, how are we going to change this and make it something people want to visit?
“But Mick and the team did a great job. If you go now, it’s light and fresh and really looks excellent.
“It adds rooms to Southsea which is clearly in need and it is located on one of the prettiest streets in Portsmouth so we are really happy.”
Carter & Co offers six double rooms and one family room, which Tom says are ‘perfect’ for a family visiting a child studying at university, or coming to Portsmouth for work or a holiday.
Managing Director Abbie Robinson added: “We are in a prime location in Southsea and we wanted to be able to provide the full experience so we could provide everything.
“We also host a full brunch and casual dining experience in the evening.”
The newly created hotel has already had an “incredible” response since its opening.
In January and February this year, visitors flocked to the restaurant which Abbie says is ‘quite unheard of in hospitality’.
She explains, “We’ve had great feedback on our food as it’s locally sourced and almost entirely homemade.
“It’s the same with our cocktails, they’re all locally sourced as much as possible.
‘The feedback has been amazing. Our reviews are really, really good.
Carter & Co is a lively hotel with a restaurant and bar serving British and European inspired cuisine and signature spirits, craft cocktails and wine.