about-us

about-us

Aurora used to be the Magick Bean Coffee Shop, located close to the King’s Theatre at the heart of Southsea’s iconic Albert Road. As you can see we have completely changed the décor with a full scale renovation, however we have tried to retain what we liked about the Magick Bean, namely its cosy atmosphere and good down to earth staff.  Aurora does however bring a new dawn, with a comfortable European feel. The classical furniture and fittings combined with the odd quirky vintage touch, creates an upmarket and hip feel yet remaining welcoming and unpretentious.
During the day we offer a laid back atmosphere, join us for great breakfasts or lunch from our wholesome salad bar or choose a sandwich from our artisan bread range, we want you to feel as though you are relaxing  in your friend’s gorgeous lounge, eating and drinking food that you love.  We like to use the phrase Cultured Comfort Food for what we have to offer, our coffee is hand roasted and of the highest standard, choose your own favourite accompanied with a choice of cake and we think you will be in coffee heaven!  So, whether you want to read a book and enjoy a scrumptious coffee and cake, relax with a few friends whilst drinking Prosecco, catch up on your emails at lunch time with a salad and beer, or take the kids out for a treat whilst still being able to go to a nice place with good food, you will feel comfortable here.
Aurora continues on well into the evening, from 5-7pm you can enjoy our afternoon tea, timed aptly to fit in  with the nearby theatre schedule.  Our platter menu is also available all evening which is perfect for sharing with champagne, prosecco or beers.  Sometimes its nice to have a drink, chat and a nibble, rather than killing the fun with a heavy meal, this is the inspiration behind our evening menu! We have separate evening lighting and candles to create an even more cosy and intimate night time ambiance.
Our inspiration has come from other good coffee shops, bars, pubs and hotels we have visited and also incorporates our own ideas on what we feel makes a place feel special and welcoming.  We hope you love the food and drink and that you feel as comfortable here as we intend.