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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful decor and building

I really enjoyed my pre theatre meal. The waitress was very good and helpful. My vegetarian meal was lovely as was my salmon starter. However not over keen on the slate dishes. Thanks again

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Anita T
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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Bramley, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit and it was just as good as the first - great service and excellent food! Would definitely recommend and very handy for The Mayflower :-) A* * * * * * * * * *

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My partner and I visited The Vestry for the first time tonight following us reserving a table. Had to wait 5 minutes by the wait to be seated sign as there were no waiting on staff to be seen. After being seated we waited a big longer than expected before we could put our drinks order in, the waitress acknowledged... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed my pre theatre meal. The waitress was very good and helpful. My vegetarian meal was lovely as was my salmon starter. However not over keen on the slate dishes. Thanks again

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Havant, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Vestry is ideally situated, directly opposite the Mayflower Theatre, for pre-theatre dinner and,though inevitably limited choice at this early hour, the variety is good and the food excellent. It was served by an enthusiastic and helpful young waitress. Strongly recommended.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We had lunch here before a matinee show at The Mayflower, opposite. A varied, but limited lunch menu was available. Soup was delicious, duck pate was tasty. Main meals, Chicken was in a very oily sauce, and the vegittarian wellington was tasty. This was served ON A ROOF SLATE, UGH. I got this changed for a conventional plate. Why Oh... More 

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Swanage, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Perfect for pre theatre dinner as just opposite the Mayflower . Excellently run . Always a pleasure to watch an efficient real work . There was no doubt we would get our meal promptly . Good menu and lovely staff . A pleasure to watch the professionism . Highly recommended . Probably a good idea to hook ahead as very... More 

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Isle of Wight
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The Vestry building was nice enough. Clean and pleasant. I wouldn't say overly welcoming atmosphere, but it is adequate. We had coffee which was ok. A little odd that cubed sugar was stored in an old Lyle and Tate golden syrup pot? Very original! The staff don't seem to be very organized and you need organized staff to run a... More 

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

Hi Therapeutic Thank you for taking the time to post a review on here. We are in the process of reviewing our newly launched menu and we have all ready remedied the "Golden Beetroot" starter portion size, now being far more generous. All of our staff are properly briefed before a service begins but due to how busy we get... More 

Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Attending a matinee at The Mayflower, we wanted lunch before the show. Although we hadn't booked we thought we'd try The Vestry as we were early and they found us a table for two. The atmosphere of this stunning converted church was lovely with stained glass windows and original roof beams. The food was very good value (2 courses for... More 

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

Hi Character2013 It really does make a management team extremely proud to read comments like yours regarding our venue. Thank you very much for taking the time to do so and why not drop in again soon to enjoy our new menu and if you mention this response when you come we will happily sort yourself out with a glass... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Ideal location if you are going to the Mayflower. But be warned if you have mobility problems – there are steps up to the bar and then a full flight up to the first floor restaurant. Because it’s a listed building they apparently can’t put a lift in. Disability and buildings legislation seem to be at odds here. Service good.... More 

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

Hi Alex I'm glad you had a good experience with us but yes our hands are tied when it comes to access upstairs in the building when it comes to the less mobile. We do indeed though have a flat and level entrance into the downstairs restaurant to accommodate the less mobile as well as reservable parking spaces and a... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I reserved the whole of downstairs to host my 40th birthday party, I cannot give enough praise and thanks to staff, the evening was amazing. All my guests were extremley complimentary of the venue, food and service from the staff. I would especially like to thank Chris the assistant manager who was very attentive throughout the whole evening making sure... More 

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

Hi Jules May I say I'm honestly very proud to have been your host for the evening of your party. The entire group and family were absolutely lovely and I'm glad they had a great time but even more so, yourself! Many congratulations to the birthday girl and I can't wait to see you back here with us again soon... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?