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“Over priced and over-rated”

The White Star Tavern
Ranked #226 of 859 Restaurants in Southampton
Price range: $13 - $26
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The White Star Tavern, is an award winning bar, restaurant and boutique guest accommodation set in the heart of Southampton's cosmopolitan Oxford Street district, renowned for its high quality restaurants and outstanding culinary diversity.Named after the famous White Star Line, the prominent British shipping company, the building still retains a unique charme and elegance and it is home to a fashionable bar and restaurante. The White Star has recently enjoyed a return to its former use as a hotel, recognized by the AA with 4 stars for our luxury guest accommodation.
Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Over priced and over-rated”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The idea is lovely - connect with the city's maritime links etc etc, but it doesn't deliver the excellence indicated by the price of its menu.

Visited October 2012
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Thank ErnestWordie
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WhiteStarTavern, General Manager at The White Star Tavern, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for your comments left on Trip Advisor, it was disappointing to read that you felt that we are both over rated and also overpriced, I can confirm that our prices are very much competitive against other outlets not only on Oxford Street but also in Southampton.

I would welcome the opportunity to talk to you in person regarding your feedback and would be very grateful if you could contact me on The White Star main number 02380 821990 or alternatively via e mail marc@whitestartavern.co.uk
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“Loud band at 7.30”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Before going on for a meal 12 friends met at the White Star to catch up. Silly live band playing loud from 7.30. Couldn't speak to each other. What bar has live music at 7.30...drove many people away. Stupid policy, they got this all wrong. No one wants to hear a live band at 7.30

  • Visited May 2013
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WhiteStarTavern, General Manager at The White Star Tavern, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
I am very sorry that the sound of the live music affected your experience at The White Star on Friday night.

We do offer Live Music each Friday Evening between 6pm- 8pm and this is extremely well received, particularly by people coming to us directly from work and winding down for the weekend.

All our music bookings are very much regular, as we focus on the best singer song writers on the Southampton music scene, I am sorry that you felt they were not to your liking.

I have taken on board all your comments and will review the sound of the music played.
I thank you for your comments and do hope that you will have the opportunity in returning to The White Star.
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Hampshire
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Sunday Lunch at the White Star”
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Salmon Fillet was absolutely stunning. Pork loin with potatoe cake stuffed with black pudding wss incredible. Service wss good friendly and relaxed. Live band to end the meal was atmospheric even if slightly loud. A wonderful lazy sunday lunch.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Too loud to even sit down and try”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We had booked to eat at the White Star.
When we turned up we were not encouraged by the need for a bouncer on the door at 7.30pm.
There were live singers who were incredibly loud. The eating area is not properly segregated and we'd have had to shout to be heard.
We left and went next door instead.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Leadpiping
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WhiteStarTavern, General Manager at The White Star Tavern, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for your feedback.
I am obviously very disappointed to read that you decided to eat elsewhere on Friday night, due to Live Music.

I can confirm that we do have a 'host'on the door during our busier times, this is mainly to police the front area and deter our bar area from becoming overcrowded and uncomfortable.

Our Live Music on Friday Evenings is very well received, however having read your review I will ensure that the volume is kept to an acceptable level.

I do hope that you will return to The White Star, when I am sure your visit will be memorable for the right reasons.
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Southampton
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90 reviews
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“Excellent lunch stop”
Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch whilst walking around Old Southampton. Good choice on restaurant menu, with some daily specials. good value and excellent service. Also has a bar menu for pub part of the Tavern. Plus has an outside terrace, when the weather permits! Would like to try the rooms sometime.

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