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The Art House

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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Ranked #19 of 622 Restaurants in Southampton
Price range: $6 - $15
Cuisines: Vegan, Vegetarian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I always enjoy visiting The Art House because of its friendly, eclectic atmosphere, the art and craft works displayed, the way you can sit and read a book off their shelf - oh, and the great food and drinks of course. A wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ditto of vegetarian/vegan foods, and a programme of interesting events. There's... More

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Eclectic - both in terms of the place and the people in it. Sipping coffee, nibbling on nachos, listening to Professor Elemental, and persuing the local art while a builder chatted to a poet about travel. Coffees, teas, meals, snacks, beers, wines, spirits - everything veggie, everything organic, and still nothing over a tenner. They host gigs too. Oh, and... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I have used the art house for an event and it was managed and organised with me in a professional and friendly manner. With artistic freedom being given as well as on hand help with everything. An amazing staff! I have also exhibited here as an artist and it was a rewarding experience which I accredit to many future successes... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I know the people who run it and they are lovely and kind, in fact that pretty much sums up the place. The food is great, all veggie/vegan, with lovely home made dishes and the vegan cakes are delicious. I love the painting on the wall upstairs with the lovely swans it always makes me feel relaxed and serene. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's possibly the only vegetarian cafe in town. Everything is freshly made and they are known to serve the best coffee here. They run many interesting communitiy activities as well. It's a lovely place to stop by even just for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Love this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you're looking for a cafe with a difference, this is the place to go. The food is lovely, the staff are incredibly friendly, and the atmosphere is so happy but relaxing at the same time. Don't go here in a rush - you need to sit down, enjoy a lovely cup of tea, and listen to the music. Also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I don't get to The Art House often enough! Variety in the delicious home made menu. Friendly staff and always something different to look at. You can even go shopping while you dine! Proceeds go to running the place so always happy to make a little extra contribution or find something I like to buy! Great evening events too and... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

...the plastic, sterile atmosphere of a Costa or Starbuck's. The Art House is everything they aren't, it has atmosphere, is quirky (its very rarely that the china matches for example) and staffed by volunteers. It isn't terribly cheap either, but certainly no more expensive than Costa. But where it wins every time is in the feeling of ease and belonging.... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It is rare to have an independent café like this so close to the centre. Great for art lovers who can pop to Southampton city Art gallery and then over the road for a coffee or lunch. I like the relaxed seating, all the posters and info about events and the way my coffee is served in a little silver... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great food, great drinks, great live music events, wonderful art events, very friendly staff who are always up for a friendly chat and a beautiful venue all round.

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

Thanks so much for your kind review, we hope to see you again very soon :) More

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