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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Community run - for love, not for profitThe Art House is an arts venue...
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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Good for:
Local cuisine

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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
Super friendly and chilled. Amazing vegan food, music and comedy

Cafe, music and comedy venue plus amazing art for sale. The Art House does all this all superbly and in its own special style. The food cooked on the premises by Ziggy and her team is superb. Organic ingredients and great skill go into a range of soups, mezes and the amazing vegan Sunday Lunch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Cafe, music and comedy venue plus amazing art for sale. The Art House does all this all superbly and in its own special style. The food cooked on the premises by Ziggy and her team is superb. Organic ingredients and great skill go into a range of soups, mezes and the amazing vegan Sunday Lunch. The cakes are spectacular, there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Super great environment, some nice food and snacks going on. Many organic options as well. They also have a lot of activities going on, workshops, concerts, comedy nights...you chose. Definitely recomend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Top notch place to get your vegan cakes and a cup of tea! I'm not a vegan, but one of my good friends is and it's always good to give him a choice of food to eat when we go out. It's great for non-vegans too, by the way. the food is home cooked and lovely. It's also more than... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Art House cares about what it does best - which is a lot. There's always a chilled, varied vibe, and there's always something happening. The cakes are amazing, the activities are always interesting (whether you participate or watch from afar) great selection of interesting beers, apparently the roasts are amazing too. Generally, I would recommend this place to anyone... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Art House is a truly multi-faceted diamond among the rough in the centre of Southampton! Everything is just fabulous; friendly staff, the small menu is versatile, organic, vegetarian/vegan and different! I really like the fact that the staff all CARE about the products and services the art house provides; I have attended many events there and I find it... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

i grew up in Southampton and the Art House is the best unique food/drink/coffee/event space in the city I ever came across! Lovely food and coffee, and the atmosphere and ethos make it very different to most places you will find in the town. Such a lovely, friendly environment and I will continue to pop in every time I'm visiting... More 

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Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Daughter is at uni in Southampton and has become a vegetablist - I hide my shame well. We took her here as a treat for their Sunday lunch and weren't disappointed. The vegetables were well and creatively cooked, plus a Yorkshire Pudding with no egg or milk (not a Yorkshire Pudding then!) which was interesting and good stuffing. Nice friendly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, pleasant man playing the guitar but the food we ordered was poor. Nacho Grande was a sizeable portion but felt amateurish. The nachos felt low quality and just unpleasant. Bean sludge on top wasn't like anything I've had on nachos before and was more like a failed French cassoulet than a tasty Mexican topping. Vegan cheese... More 

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I had been so looking forward to going to the Art House for a fab vegan lunch. I had heard lots of good reviews. I have been a few times during the week and found the service slow - they have always apologised and explained that they have been very busy that day. They also seem to run out of... More 

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

Hello June, We are very sorry that you had this experience, we know many vegans look forward to enjoying our menu and so are sad to have disappointed you. It would help us a great deal, if you would not mind, for you to message us with the time and date you came in, so that we can follow up... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Friendly place with lovely vegan food (and I'm not even vegan!). Love that it's a community / volunteer organisation. It's for everyone, not just the arties! Been to some fantastic events too, including live music and the draw-dropping inspirational Artful Scribe poetry events. Looking forward to a nice cuppa tea and cake soon, or will it be a wine and... More 

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

Thanks Martin for this lovely review! We've discovered that most of our customers aren't vegan, but enjoy the food all the same - which is what we set out to do :) More 

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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 - 13
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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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