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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, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    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
10/10

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Alexis B
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  • Local cuisine
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94 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW 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 NEW 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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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the ArtHouse a couple of weeks ago, primarily to see a band, and decided to eat dinner there as well before the gig. Not my first ever visit but first visit for a couple of years and the staff were, as before, friendly and on the ball and despite being a bit short staffed that evening had my meal... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Brilliant little cafe with delicious food. Staff are friendly and polite. Would recommend to all my family and friends.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Friendly and welcoming, with a relaxed yet up-beat atmosphere. I love coming here, both for family meals (veggie kids well catered for and allowed to freely play with the toys and puzzles - hooray!), or to meet with a pals for a good chatty catch-up over tea and yummies. The art and shop add a dimension of interest, and I... More 

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Langen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

During my visit to my sister in Southampton I had time to spent one day alone in the city. When I saw this cafe, I was so impressed because of the inventive furnishing and when I read the menue I couldn´t believe I was right: I have never seen before such delightful and tasty vegan meals and I promise that... 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 - 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.

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