Award-winning venue arrives at MDL Sparkes Marina

Posted: 16th August 2017

The group behind Drift Bar - ​one of Southsea’s best-known entertainment venues - has taken over the former Piranha Bar at MDL Sparkes Marina, on the Eastern tip of the Hayling Island and, this month, will be opening an exciting new all-day dining destination – Drift Hayling.  

Drift Hayling will be open seven days a week, 8am to 11pm serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It will feature an open, wood fired kitchen which will enable the new team to cook up an extensive range of mouth-watering dishes, using locally sourced and seasonal produce. 

To accompany the new menu there is an extensive, hand-picked wine list - with wines sourced from all over the world - a large range of cocktails, craft beers and an award winning selection of premium spirits.

Colin Jefferies, Marina Manager at MDL Sparkes Marina, said: “We have been counting down to the days to the opening of Drift Hayling, which is set to celebrate and showcase the fantastic variety of local produce on the south coast. At Sparkes Marina we strive to provide the ultimate marina experience, which encompasses not just sailing but a bustling leisure hub for all to enjoy. Drift Hayling is a fantastic addition to our marina offering and we hope our members and the community alike embrace this exciting new venue.”

The restaurant will feature an exclusive private dining area and large alfresco deck, offering relaxed summer dining and drinking. The venue also houses a delightful rooftop terrace with spectacular views over Chichester Harbour and the Witterings. The perfect place to enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down and the world sail by. 

Drift Hayling has been designed and fitted by world renowned architects ADI, designers of over 300 bars and restaurants including the Ritz Carlton. The exciting new venue will boast a light and airy interior and will reflect coastal themes of exposed timber, natural stone and soft and muted colours in keeping with the history of this former boat house.  

There’s even doggie ice creams and doggie beer to quench the thirst of four-legged patrons. 

Drift Hayling – come and see what all the fuss is about…  


Drift Hayling Island Opening Saturday 19 August