Hog Roast Southsea
Now here is a question for you. Did Henry VIII like to be beside the seaside? You are probably thinking that this is a trick question. Of course, the seaside resort that we think of these days will be a far cry from anything that was present in Henry VIII’s time, but you could say that yes, he did. Okay, maybe not for the feelgood factor of being by the sea but it may have had a more military fascination for Henry VIII. You see, back in 1544 he had a fort built in Southsea, later to become known as Southsea Castle. The chances are that this was not a rather huge and elaborate beach hut but more of a base to fend off invaders. Still, I am sure he would have bought a stick of rock had they been around at the time!
Aside from fort building, there is something else that brings Henry VIII and this Hampshire town together but this is something more culinary in nature, namely hog roast Southsea. Yes, it is more than likely that Henry VIII was more than partial to a bit of hog roast in his time, in fact he may well have enjoyed some in Southsea Castle. But why is the town of Southsea enjoying hog roast in the twenty first century?
The hog roast Southsea phenomenon is something that has been slowly building up over the last few years, and not just here but in many areas across the UK. It’s hard to pinpoint a particular reason why hog roast is enjoying this rise in popularity but it could be down to a few things in particular.