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A trip to Gunwharf Quays

A couple of weeks ago, on a particularly sunny Saturday morning, my friend Kate and I made a little trip over to Portsmouth to go shopping at Gunwharf Quays.  For those of you that don't know, Gunwharf Quays is an outlet shopping village situated around a marina with 90 outlet shops as well as tons of restaurants, bars and even a hotel, casino and nightclub.  In my youth we used to get the Gosport Ferry across and go out in Jongleurs, but these days I usually visit looking for bargainous clothes or homewares.  It's about an hour from me but well worth the journey as it has some great shops and really nice lunch and dinner spots so it's perfect for a day out.

Kate hadn't been before so when we arrived I gave her a bit of a tour.  It was such a beautiful day that walking around the Quays and seeing all the yachts and boats bobbing around in the harbour was a real treat.  Sometimes shopping trips and particularly retail parks and villages can feel a bit soulless but I love that Gunwharf has the quayside, getting a blast of sea air is always nice when you're moving from shop to shop!

Gunwarf Quays

Before we got stuck into some serious shopping, Kate and I always take time to have a pre-shop cup of tea to browse through the shopping guide, select our key shopping destinations and have a bit of a natter.  It was about 10.30, which Kate thought was too early for cake and opted for a muffin, but I couldn't resist the delicious looking Red Velvet Cake they had at Caffe Nero (I have been dreaming of it ever since).

Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays had kindly giften me a voucher to pick up some Spring-themed goodies, so along with hunting around for some general bargains, we were also looking out for some key Spring trends like florals, pinks, lace, pleats and embroidery.  Gunwharf has a real mix of shops, from high street favourites like Gap, M&S and Next, to more niche brands like Joules, Vans, Jack Wills and Fred Perry, and then premium brands like French Connection, Hobbs, Jaeger, LK Bennett and Kurt Geiger.  They also have homeware brands like Cath Kidston and Le Creuset.

We had a good mooch around for a couple of hours - we must have gone in almost every shop, eyeing up some pretty dresses and knitwear in Jack Wills, some shirts in Superdry and picking up a lovely lace panelled t-shirt in Gap.  After all that shopping we needed to stop and refuel, so we headed to Italian restaurant Carluccio's.  I'm sure by then we had walked the equivalent of several miles, so we rewarded ourselves with a glass of wine (Kate) and a bellini (me).

Gunwharf Quays
Gunwharf Quays Gunwharf Quays

Please excuse my rather messy hair - Carluccio's is right on the Quayside and it was a really windy day, it looked better than that before I left the house, promise!

We had Arancini Di Riso to start - crispy rice balls, one with pesto and one with ragu sauce.  They were absolutely divine.

Gunwharf Quays

I then had Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola - gnocci with gorgonzola and spinach, and Kate had Penne Giardiniera, penne pasta with courgette, chili and fried spinach balls with parmesan and garlic.
  Gunwharf Quays
Gunwharf Quays

Again they were both absolutely delicious, and cooked to perfection.  The staff at Carluccio's were very attentive and helpful, I was really impressed with the service as well as the food.

We did cast an eye over the dessert menu but we were both much too stuffed.  We then cast another, longing eye over the amazing cakes and desserts in the shop.  Don't those meringues look incredible?

Gunwharf Quays

We then did a little bit more shopping and I kept my eye out for some more Spring trends.  Knowing that the running shoes/sports luxe trend isn't showing any signs of disappearing any time soon, that neon colour splashes seem to be making an appearance again, and ticking off the 'pink' trend, I couldn't resist these trainers from the Nike outlet.

Nike Free Run 6.0 Nike Free Run 6.0
Nike Free Run 3.0s, Nike Outlet Store {bought with Gunwarf Quays Gift Card*}

They'll definitely be popping up in an outfit post soon, I can't wait to wear them!

All in all we had an amazing day at Gunwharf Quays, it was the perfect girls' day out.  If you're within a couple of hours' of Portsmouth I'd hugely recommend checking it out.  They're also holding an exclusive 'Treat Yourself' event on March 27th which I'll be attending, I can't wait!

Have you been to Gunwharf Quays before?

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15 comments

  1. Gunwharf Quays looks amazing, shopping, food, cake AND the sea!? Makes me wish I lived nearer the coast! Also I'll definitely have to check out a Carluccio's, I've never been before but those main dishes look absolutely delicious. So glad you had a great time! :D

    Sarah Elizabeth xx

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  2. I think I may have been here when I was younger! Sounds and looks like you guys had a great time! x

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  3. i live right by Gunwharf Quays so usually go to the sea front and walk in most weekends haha, the cosmetics company store is great for discounted makeup! xxx
    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I hope you had a great day, and perhaps also went up the Spinacre to admire the amazing view. You can do some awesome shopping at Gunwharf :o) Xx

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  5. Wow love those trainers. The colour is immense!
    Sophie
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  6. It looks like a lovely place x

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  7. I'm a student at Portsmouth uni so go to Gunwharf often - unforch I never can afford anything and my last visit there was to job hunt! I love the restaurants there - wagamamas and coast to coast are my favourites. I'd never heard of Carluccio's until my housemate mentioned it yesterday and now you've written about it too! Think I'll have to save up for a treat visit! Looks like you had a lovely day :) x

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  8. i love Gunwharf Quays.. we have a family shopping trip each year before christmas to get last minute presents. It is such an unusual place for loads of shops - but having the sea there is so great!

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  9. The red velvet cake at Caffe Nero is delicious! I've only had it the once but, like you, have been dreaming of it ever since!
    I love the trainers you got! So bright! And the food looks sooo good - making me hungry! I love gnocchi! xx

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  10. This looks like such a nice place to go shopping - so unusual to have the quayside right next to all of the shops! Those trainers are amazing - love, love, love the colour!

    x

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  11. Used to live near Pompey so loved a trip to old Gunwharf. You're lucky to get a voucher! Love the trainers :)

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  12. I'm a couple of hours from Gunwharf and all the girls at work keep telling me to go, I've heard the shops are a bit more affordable than Bicester which also is about two hours from me!

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  13. Pasta, shopping and cake... what more could you ask for?! I love Gunwharf, apparently there's a new beauty store which I need to go check out! Love the trainers, I bought some Nike leggings last time I was there :)

    Sarah
    www.daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com

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  14. Love Gunwharf for the Aspex Gallery (which stocks amazing quirky jewellery and accessories), the Whittard shop and the DMs shop. Also, so happy they now have the Rowans Charity shop there too - all that vintage! The food looks lovely, and the trainers are great - love everything neon at the moment!

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