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The Vestry Restaurant & Bar

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61 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GG, England
+44 (0)23 8023 1101
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 36
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  • 32
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  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent venue for pre-theatre dining

This is a beautifully converted church with adds a great atmosphere. The food was good although a little uninspiring. The service was excellent, thoughtful and unobtrusive. We did not feel as though we were being hurried despite the two hour deadline on the table which I always dislike and usually... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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361 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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poole
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

This is a beautifully converted church with adds a great atmosphere. The food was good although a little uninspiring. The service was excellent, thoughtful and unobtrusive. We did not feel as though we were being hurried despite the two hour deadline on the table which I always dislike and usually puts me off booking! We were in fact finished in... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Went here with a large group of friends for a birthday party and we pre ordered from the set menu. The majority of the group had ordered the the wild boar burgers, however upon arrival we were told that the delivery had not arrived and they had run out, so it would be beef burgers instead, so the alarm bells... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Four of us went for a pre-theatre meal, we only had 40 minutes as we had a workshop before the show. The staff were very accommodating with our request. The food choice was good as was the quality. The ambiance of the restaurant was very good. The Rabbit was excellent, the boar burger was disappointing. Will certainly return.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

We love the Vestry and regularly eat here before visiting the Mayflower Theatre over the road (I would highly recommend anyone else to do the same). We visited last night and the food was as good as always (delicious and good value) but the service slightly let it down. As we had a theatre trip (and last time they forgot... More 

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Seaton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had an extremely tasty meal and excellent service. One of our party arrived late but the staff were marvellous and accommodated them really fast and efficiently. We would certainly eat at this restaurant again.

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Ed B, General Manager at The Vestry Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear Wendy What a lovely review, we look forward to your next visit to us as people like you make our job truly fantastic, it's all about the people and you are one of them... Let me know when you next come in as a glass of bubbly might be waiting for you!! More 

Windsor, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

A lovely interior - beautifully adapted and designed. We had the pre-theatre menu - excellent. Good choice on the menu to suit all tastes and all dishes we had were very nicely cooked. Service was absolutely superb.

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Ed B, General Manager at The Vestry Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear Linda What a lovely trip advisor review, what nearly brought me to tears was your comment about the service. It's such an important thing and I am so glad that you got the full effect...! Next time you are in let me know as we here would love to say thank you in person. More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have been to this restaurant before and I returned recently with a friend, for lunch before going to The Mayflower theatre for a play. As the restaurant is opposite the theatre, it is a perfect place to eat. The staff were polite and helpful. The atmosphere there is very pleasant and relaxing. The food was good and quite reasonably... More 

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Ed B, General Manager at The Vestry Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear Helen What a lovely review, I am so glad that you enjoyed the service and food when you visited, I will let all staff know about this review as it can show them that their work is appreciated. Next time you are around please come in to say hello and as a thank you there may be a naughty... More 

Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A trip to the Ballet and Supper given to us by my daughter made a very enjoyable evening. Food very good although the 16 oz steak was a little too large (perhaps there could be a ladies size)? The puddings were super but the best bit was the lovely friendly service supplied by Anna who even wrapped up the steak... More 

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Ed B, General Manager at The Vestry Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear Colin Thank you for your review, I will let Anna know about the review and we will reward her customer service in house. I hope the dog enjoyed the steak!! Many thanks More 

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Came here for the first time for pre theatre drinks. Very impressive venue but was a little cold. Just some heat to take the choll off! Bar staff efficient and friendly. Priced not too bad. Worth a drink or two.

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Ed B, General Manager at The Vestry Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear Michelle Thank you for your kind review, we do have problems keeping the venue warm and are trying to find solutions for this winter that will help. Next time your in come and try one of our cocktails on the house as a thank you for your review. More 

reading
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The actually venue is very impressive. It was though on the cold side as we were not sitting close to the heaters. The ladies kept their coats on. Daughter and son had the vegetarian option. Very disappointing neither of them could eat much of it. My son is 6ft 5ins and normally eats every thing. They gave me some to... More 

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Ed B, General Manager at The Vestry Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear ReadingTim Thank you for your review, we do indeed find it very difficult to keep the venue warm, it is so old that there is absolutely no efficiency it keeping warm air in the building, we are looking at several ways for this to improve for this winter. I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 61 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)23 8023 1101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 32
  • Cuisine: International
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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