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“Fantastic Service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Vestry Restaurant & Bar

The Vestry Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #61 of 840 Restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $32
Cuisines: Bar, European, British, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

I was looking for a venue in Southampton for a hen party for 20 of us. The dinner and dance option on the Saturday night was perfect. The manager and assistant manager were incredibly helpful in the lead up to the party and made the whole thing very straightforward to organise. Nothing was too much trouble and all the staff on the night were professional and friendly. The food was of a really high standard and there were good vegetarian options.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RozzyE
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charlotte
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133 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Wonderful Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

The converted church setting had many beautiful touches that set the ambiance. The service was excellent as was the cuisine. Not a better way to start our first day in Southampton.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank budfoluse
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United Kingdom
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125 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“First Class!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

The restaurant/bar is in a converted church and has a tasteful interior. Situated opposite the Mayflower theatre and close the train station with lots of parking nearby.

The well stocked bar has a good selection of beers on tap and every type of spirit. A group of ladies were ranting about how good the cocktails were.

There is an extensive menu and a set menu which is £28 including half a bottle of wine. We chose to dine here because they have a good range of veggie meals.

I opted for the thai fishcakes, they were fresh, full of crab but lacked spice and a sweet chill sauce would have been nice rather than the yogurt and mint drizzle, which didn't fuse well. For main I opted for the rib eye, cooked beautifully, crispy chips and tasty peppercorn sauce. The vegetable gnocchi and the sea bream were all very good.

For dessert I had the banana loaf, a light sponge with ice cream and caramel, delicious!

The service was excellent - attentive and knowledgeable and spotless clean loos and hand lotion in the gents, very nice!

I was surprised that on a Saturday evening by the lack of customers, maybe because the theatre was closed.

Vestry isn't a cheap night out but if you want great food in an unusual venue then you won't be disappointed!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Matt W
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Pre Theatre meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Recently had a very good pre theatre meal for 2 at the Vestry in Southampton and was very satisfied with the quality of the meal, we had the Hampshire pork option with carrot mash, beans and fondue potato and a very pleasant South African white wine. Overall the cost came to £35 which I consider was a fair price to pay.

Dan Macdonald (Gen Manager) was very friendly on first meeting and later took the time to talk about the Vestry (it was a Church in its former life) and its entertainment options and parking facilities.

We originally selected the Vestry as it is only a 2 minute walk across from the May Flower Theatre.

Well done to Dan and the Vestry team for providing a quality meal in a unique dining setting, we will return.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Roger1948
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great for party gathering or pre theatre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Have dined here a few times now as this is a great place to meet friends either as a group gathering/party or pre theatre. It is in a great spot convenient for parking and the train station (just 3-5 minutes walk away) for those travelling from further afield or who simply dont want the hassle of parking etc. The menu/food is great with choices to suit all. If you are attending pre theatre and need to get away for a certain time, just let them know. They have a different menu for this at a great price too. After the pre-theatre the menu changes and the choices a la carte are even better/more extensive. The atmosphere is great and they have pitched it just right for sound in the music sense. Lovely setting full of character in an old church. Food choices suit all from the solid carnivore to the vegan. We will no doubt attend again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Terri C
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