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The Art House

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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Ranked #25 of 608 restaurants in Southampton
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Vegan, Vegetarian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: Community run - for love, not for profitThe Art House is an arts venue, cafe and gallery in the heart of Southampton. Enjoy lunch, tea & cake, wine, or try our twilight menu.Opening times:-Tuesday 11am - 5pm (lunch 12 - 4pm)- Weds - Sat 11am - 10pm (lunch 12 - 4pm, twilight suppers 6 - 9pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm (lunch 12 - 4pm)Closed on Mondays. All food is suitable for vegetarians (though many of our customers are not!) And made on the premises with organic ingredients, many of which are locally sourced. Our drinks are all fair trade and our cakes are homemade from the best fair trade, organic ingredients (gluten free options are usually available).Our meals are delicious, wholesome and environmentally conscious whilst being priced competitively - lunch dishes range from £3.95 For our beany nachos to around £8 for a main meal, which is served with rice and a generous selection of very fine salads. We are fully licensed with a great selection of wines, ales, beers, ciders and aperitifs - all organic.Most of our crew are volunteers who give their time to make this wonderful space for you to enjoy. There is art on the walls, a Boutique with crafts and clothes and an exciting programme of events. All of the money we make goes back into the organisation, so that we can grow and offer more to the community.
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English first
Southampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Not much to be say - just excellent! great fresh grande coffee, home made cakes, great decor and atmosphere..Cheers guys...

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Art House is such a unique place, as someone else has said, it's so difficult to review! If you're just popping in for coffee and cake (WOW! The cake!) or a full meal, you're in for a treat. The food is fab, the staff are friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed. If you fancy a little privacy and people-watching, take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

wonderfull littler venue for true art lovers no mater the style great atmospher good value for money on drink and food and friendly staff

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a hard cafe to review because it's indescribable- you really have to be there... Just step in for yourself, no need to buy anything on your first visit, they welcome people to wander in and be curious. And there's a lot to be curious about. This place is diverse, creative and ethical and works as a cafe, bar,... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Art House, a community interest company run and staffed by volunteers, has a bright medley of things to interest and entertain you. The café is a relaxing place to unwind. They serve vegetarian and vegan foods from lunches to cake and drinks. I've only eaten a lunch there once and it was very yummy. I do, however, go in... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This place is a great refuge from the chain cafes along the High Street or in West Quay. Eccentric decor, wholesome veggie cafe menu (houmous, mezze etc) organic produce, stall selling crafts, meeting room upstairs for arts and community activities. The 'staff' are volunteers. Fun to sit on the velvet high stools in the window and watch the world go... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

It is my favourite place to eat out. The staff are friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food and drinks are delicious with some very inventive foods. The chocolate cake is nearly addictive, absolutely the best I've had.

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Ethically sourced vegetarian food and drink (even organic rum, gin and vodka!) at affordable prices, volunteer-run, non-for-profit, unique arts and crafts for sale, live events board (spoken word, comedy, music, language workshops and all manner of other bits & pieces) and a splendid atmosphere. Hurrah!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I don't have any idea why it is called the Art House cafe maybe because some of the people are arty and there are paintings on the walls. My food was awful, never again though hummus is a tough choice. The cakes look nice though. It is very poor as a gallery and a pretty bad cafe too.

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ArtHouseCIC, Manager at The Art House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review The Art House and we are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. If you do have the time, we invite you to email us with details of what your meal was, when exactly you visited and what the problem was with the food - so that we can improve the experience... More

Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is one of the most unconventional cafes I've ever been to - and that's good thing. With an abundance of art on every wall, books to read, paper to doodle on, live music, a plethora of creativity-based events and a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan food, the Art house is a wonderful place to return to again and... More

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ArtHouseCIC, Manager at The Art House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review, BikerMike! We are indeed an antidote to the 10 pints and a Maccy-Ds option :) at least we aim to be! More

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