A couple of weeks ago, James & I headed to Southampton for a little weekend away from London. Eating & drinking was to be the main aim of the weekend, as well as some live music. Here’s a little list of our favourite places.
The Docks Coffee House
The Docks Coffee House was first on the list after spotting one of their freakshakes on Instagram. We arrived just after noon, so this made for the perfect lunch spot. James went for a classic pot of tea (£2.50) along with avocado toast (£6) topped with halloumi. Alternatively, you can have bacon or salmon as a topping. I, of course, had the freakshake (£6.50). This was one of the best I’ve ever had. It had big, fat chunks of chocolate brownie the whole way through. The flavours change each day, so I might have to go back and try some others! I thought I’d better order something a bit sensible, so went for a spinach & ricotta quiche (£3.75). When it arrived, I was quite glad to see that it wasn’t a big serving, as I was starting to struggle with the freakshake.
We were recommended Mettricks by Alice via the Soton Bloggers Insta page, so we added it to our list for breakfast the following morning. There are 3 Mettricks cafes in Southampton. We visited the Guildhall one as it was closest to our hotel. To start, we both ordered the Pash ‘n’ Shoot Smoothie (£3.95) which was just the refreshing start we needed. James has recently turned veggie, so he went for the Vegan Full English(£8). This was comprised of sweet potato falafel, baked beans, tomatoes, spinach, red pepper, and of course, avocado. I was worried it wouldn’t be filling enough for him, but according to him it was divine and the perfect serving! I ordered a favourite breakfast dish of mine, Eggs Royal (£8.50). The muffin was soft, the salmon was fresh, the hollandaise was perfectly seasoned, but the egg was a little underdone for me. It still had that jelly like coat around it, which I’m not really a fan of. The place itself was big and spacious, with plenty of chairs outside to sit in the sun. We popped back later in the day so I could pick up a delicious brownie.
After originally walking in the wrong direction, we finally made it to Ocean Village where we found plenty of places to stop for cocktails in the sun. We picked Maritimo Lounge for a late lunch. This place is super cute with mix-matched furniture, patterned wallpaper, and kitsch lampshades. It also had cracking views over the marina. As I was in the mood to try a bit of everything, I ordered from the tapas menu. Each plate costs £3.75 each, or you can pick 3 of your favourites on a tapas board for £9.95, which is exactly what I did! First up was the buttermilk fried chicken. These were a little on the dry and chewy side, bu the chipotle mayo really helped liven them up. Next was the spinach & goat’s cheese croquettes. The goat’s cheese was very strong and quite overpowering. I think I only managed 1 and a half of these. Finally, the roasted sweet potato & butternut squash, with a much milder goat’s cheese and caramelised onions. This was by far my favourite. So simple, but so delicious. I’ve a very sweet tooth, and I could’ve easily eaten a whole big bowl of this. On Tuesdays, you can get a free glass of wine with all tapas boards! James went for the mouth-watering vegan Goan curry (£8.95) made with butternut squash, red pepper, aubergine, red onion, and sugar snap peas in Goan curry sauce, with basmati rice, coriander, and red chilli. He said it was really flavoursome with the mix of sweet butternut squash and the hint of spice from the red chilli.
The Pig In The Wall
I’d seen the gorgeous Kelly checking-in to The Pig In The Wall quite a bit on Instagram so thought I’d check it out myself whilst I was in the area. I was expecting it to be a restaurant/pub situation, but it was more of a little cafe. We’d not long eaten, but were overdue a sit down and a drink, and The Pig was perfect for this. It’s set right into the old city wall and is full of antique furniture and vintage frames. It was super sunny, so we sat outside with the abundance of plant pots. This place makes a great pit-stop for a tipple and snack.
Whilst researching places to grab a cocktail in the city, The Hobbit caught my eye. It’s a pub inspired by The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings books/films. It’s very much a rock bar too, with band posters all over the walls, and the likes of Black Sabbath blaring over the speakers. They’ve quite a large cocktail menu, each named after a different character from the franchise, all served in pint glasses. Each cocktail costs £3 on Sundays (£4 all other days), so at first we ordered one each as we didn’t have long until we had to get our train back to London, but then we were told it was a £10 minimum card spend, so I ended up with 2, and James a beer on the side! I can see this place being a big hit with the students of the city!
Is there anywhere else you’d recommend for my next trip to Southampton?