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The Art House

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178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Community run - for love, not for profit. The Art House is not your usual...
Community run - for love, not for profit. The Art House is not your usual cafe. An arts venue, cafe, craft shop and gallery in the heart of Southampton. Enjoy lunch, supper, tea & cake, wine and a selection of locally brewed beers. Open: 11am - 10pm Tues - Sat, 12 - 5pm Sunday when we serve veggie roast lunches! All food is suitable for vegetarians (though many of our customers are not!)And ALL dishes can be made vegan. Freshly made, with love, on the premises using organic ingredients, many of which are locally sourced. Our drinks are all fair trade and our cakes are homemade, vegan, from the best fair trade, organic ingredients (gluten free options are usually available. Delicious, wholesome and environmentally conscious - and all the food and drink you buy funds local art! We are fully licensed with a great selection of wines, ales, beers, ciders and aperitifs. 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 creative community of Southampton.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
It really is 'happy food'

Visited here for lunch with my student daughter. Kind of stuff you'd expect home made soups, sandwiches, cakes and specials. All 'home made' and wholesome. Great relaxed atmosphere and looked like there was lots going on if you wanted to get involved.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Alison D
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Aylesbury, England, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I went to The Art house for lunch with two veggie friends. I'm an avid meat eater and would generally not choose to eat vegetarian food if I had a choice, so I was a little cynical! But the food was really very tasty and won me over completely! I think it's a little over priced, but the food is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Visited here for lunch with my student daughter. Kind of stuff you'd expect home made soups, sandwiches, cakes and specials. All 'home made' and wholesome. Great relaxed atmosphere and looked like there was lots going on if you wanted to get involved.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our first visit to the Art House for a staff night out. The food is lovely and the quiz night is great fun. Very quirky design interior makes it a very interesting cafe all the staff are very friendly and welcoming

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Since moving to Southampton only six months ago, I started volunteering by recording videos. Ever since then I've met the most interesting people and the owners are wonderful. If you ever want to go to someplace to feel relaxed and suck up some creative vibes, The Art House is the destination.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

The art house is one of the few places I've ever walked into and felt right at home. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and creatives abound. Can heartily recommend this lovely, hidden gem. Best place in Southampton.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The Art House is a non profit organisation that funds projects for the community and is primarily ran by volunteers. The atmosphere is always fun, they often have great local artists performing and the food is wonderful, what more could you want?

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My wife and I love to eat and enjoy the entertainment here. The food is wonderful; I'm lactose intolerant so I can enjoy anything on the vegan menu with no fear. Great place. Wonderful atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

What's not to love, amazing food, tasty drinks, lovely volunteers who make this place what it is. A true gem. This is my favourite place to go for relaxing drinks on a Saturday night with my partner and to chill playing board games with my mates.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Great intimate venue to catch a wide range of musical groups and artists. Have listened to folk e.g. Kadia, electronic e.g. Rebeka, and various groups and artists such as Rue Royale, A Ninja Slob Drew Me and many more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Been coming to The Art House for a few years now, and for good reason. I class it as a cafe second now, more a spectacular place for an amazing array of events and activities.....and they do great food and drink too. The staff here are certainly a different breed, but in the best way. They are fun, they are... More 

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Additional Information about The Art House

Address: 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8023 8582
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 14
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8023 8582

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 14
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Community run - for love, not for profit. The Art House is not your usual cafe. An arts venue, cafe, craft shop and gallery in the heart of Southampton. Enjoy lunch, supper, tea & cake, wine and a selection of locally brewed beers. Open: 11am - 10pm Tues - Sat, 12 - 5pm Sunday when we serve veggie roast lunches! All food is suitable for vegetarians (though many of our customers are not!)And ALL dishes can be made vegan. Freshly made, with love, on the premises using organic ingredients, many of which are locally sourced. Our drinks are all fair trade and our cakes are homemade, vegan, from the best fair trade, organic ingredients (gluten free options are usually available. Delicious, wholesome and environmentally conscious - and all the food and drink you buy funds local art! We are fully licensed with a great selection of wines, ales, beers, ciders and aperitifs. 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 creative community of Southampton.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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