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The Art House

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Vegetarian, Vegan
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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, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Vegan burrito! Nom!

Me and my partner always come here when we visit Southampton for gigs, the vegan burritos are to die for. Such a great variety of choices on the menu that it's so difficult to choose, especially when you're used to very limited options as a vegan. Will try and tear myself away from the burrito and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jenjencariad
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my partner always come here when we visit Southampton for gigs, the vegan burritos are to die for. Such a great variety of choices on the menu that it's so difficult to choose, especially when you're used to very limited options as a vegan. Will try and tear myself away from the burrito and have something else next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for a few months with a vegan friend. At first I wasn't overwhelmed at the idea of a vegan roast (served on Sunday's) except I've been blown away with delicious food served here!! The cafe serves the most amazing Sunday roast, the chocolate cake is to die for and to top it off - the art... More 

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Thank Amber B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

what do you call cheese that doesnt belong to you? lol. I've not been for a while but the nachos are amazing, (to the nacho girl, if you quit your job please open a nacho place). Staff always friendly, not a whole lot of choice for vegans in southampton so thanks for existing lol. keep up the good work, see... More 

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Thank charlton44
Dorset, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice and central so we dropped in to escape the rain after going to the Art Gallery. Good homemade fare, friendly service, quirky vibe, food veggie and delicious salads. We'd go again happily. Recommended.

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Thank roseandco
Winchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a very informal dining experience. The food is reasonably good, but sadly the service, although friendly is rather sketchy. I've dined here a few times with my family and is a great place to drop in for a bite to eat if you're out and about in Southampton.

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Thank Rachelbadger
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Down to earth, eclectic mix of people. Quirky place but nice atmosphere. But good teas/coffees. Food real, and well cooked. Ethical and community concern which was lovely to see thriving.

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Thank MlleJacqui
Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Amazing food in a lovely place and I always pick up some lovely handmade jewellry or something too. Wish this place was nearer to where I live so we could go more often. A gem in Southampton.

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Thank ChiFamily199
Golden, Canada
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I can't begin to describe how much I love this cafe after a friend introduced me to it last week. A hot apple and ginger drink with some lovely walnut cake was just what we needed on a cold December day. The staff are so friendly and the atmosphere is really cosy and homely. We went back for a beautiful... More 

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Thank Yvonne B
Varese, Italy
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

I went there with my sister for dinner after having googled vegetarian restaurants in Southampton... we were 100% satisfied with all aspects: the atmosphere is lovely and unique, not at all the same you would expect to find in most of the restaurants, thanks to its not too large size and nice design; staff are really friendly and I mean... More 

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Thank Kiki1989801
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff in a cosy setting. Decor might be a bit too cutesy for some. Sunday roast was very nice, the red onion gravy a highlight. Portions could maybe have been bigger but an enjoyable meal in all.

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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, Families with children

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?