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The Art House

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“cake” (20 reviews)
“nachos” (11 reviews)
“sunday roast” (9 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, British, Mexican, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
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Reviewed March 25, 2017

The art house is such a lovely place to either sit for a tea and delicious vegan cake at the weekend whilst listening to live music or to have a meal in the evening of wonderful vegan and veggie food. Would definitley reccomend to vegans,...More

Thank Katie B
Reviewed February 14, 2017

went with friends for valentines meal , was nice but poor husband still hungry after finishing as portion for two quite small! this is a small cosy place to visit have been before during the day and loved the homemade cakes etc. also love that...More

Thank pixiebellsouthampton
Reviewed February 6, 2017

Pop in regularly with a friend for a light lunch/hot chocolate and a piece of their great cakes (a special nod to their cookies too!). Also a good place to go and read your book, listen to some live music or take part in some...More

Thank A P
Reviewed February 5, 2017

Never fail to have a nice time. Staff are always cheery and incredibly helpful. The sheer range and scope of events is impressive, gigs, screenings, workshops; genuinely something for everyone. They also support other co operatives like Curb Junk Food Kitchen

Thank robmilner555
Reviewed February 3, 2017

I went with a friend to the performance of The witch in the wood. It was the first time I had been to The Art House and I was slightly concerned at the proximity of the audience to the performance area. Once the performance had...More

Thank Angela B
Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

Travelled out of our way to visit... They were out of everything we wanted to order. We chose other items - including flatbreads but when they cmame they were wraps with very little inside. Upon enquiry we were told they were also out of flatbreads....More

1  Thank phoenixf3
Reviewed January 20, 2017

Went along to one of their Moving Voices events, with amateur song writers, authors, poets etc given a chance to get themselves out there. Lovely experience to share with a loved one. Had a fudge cake which was very nice, however the downside was when...More

Thank Andrew S
Jani F, Manager at The Art House, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2017

Hi - thanks so much for taking the time to review us and we are pleased you enjoyed Moving Voices. We would like to identify which staff you had this experience with so that we can speak with them about what happened, as this is...More

Reviewed January 8, 2017

I enjoy visiting this place; they offer a lot here in the way of events and entertainment alongside a range of food and drink. Coffee has always been good and while I've not tried it, the food looks tasty. This place gets points from me...More

Thank _contact_clare
Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

A lovely, comfortable cafe with great decor and comfortable tables/sofas. Loads going on pretty much every day, friendly staff great cake :) Will be visiting again to try Sunday lunch x

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed December 9, 2016

Art house café is located right in the heart of Southampton City centre. It’s a really different place compared to your average restaurant. For start it’s got quite a homely and cosy atmosphere, they have wonderful vegan food that is cooked and served by a...More

Thank Amit_southampton
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$5 - $12
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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