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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)
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Cafe, British, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this cafe four times in the last 12 months in order to give it "another chance to improve and get its act together" Each time I have been sorely disappointed and will not be returning EVER. Why? they cannot even serve a...More

Thank Mari G
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

The Art House is a wonderful, warm and colourful cafe with a friendly and creative atmosphere! Their amazing events run most nights and the food and drinks there are delicious! I love that it’s such a supportive place for people to express themselves in anyway...More

Thank Adéle S
Jani F, Manager at The Art House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Thanks so much for this lovely review! We hope to see you again soon x

Reviewed 5 November 2017

Atmosphere very chilled relaxed and comfy. Food amazing, considering I am not a Vegan or Vegetarian really loved the food.

Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I stopped here after a job interview where that I had flown from Ireland to partake in. I had a few hours so Googled vegan restaurants and I was not disappointed with this gem. I often surmise that what is lost in society today is...More

Thank McLoughlinAndrew
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This quirky, ethical, creative hub is one of a kind! Relaxed atmosphere, brilliant vegan and organic food, caters for GLUTEN FREE, including the Sunday Roasts! A wide variety of teas, coffees, milkshakes, alcohol and other. Fantastic gigs many nights of the week, especially at NEW...More

Thank Hazel A
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Great staff and food - lots of interesting music whats not to like ! we have so few independent places so please support .

Thank Mark370
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Stopped here for a sneaky pint on my recent trip to Southampton! What a fabulous selection of organic beers, friendly service, and a really top-class, cosy atmosphere. Love it!

Thank Kate4657647
Reviewed 25 September 2017

It's got so many groups that meet there and it has proper character! Go there! Food, drink, a group... Vegan, vegetarian, local, organic....

Thank Lyn B
Reviewed 25 September 2017

An inspiring place to sit with a cuppa and a slice of rather wonderful cake. The gluten free citrus polenta cake is my current favourite. The Art House oozes creativity and community. Whatever you fancy from paintings to poetry, bands to board games, ethics to...More

Thank Heidi T
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The Art House has great coffee and delicious cakes but it is the creative atmosphere that pulls me there. All sorts of interesting activities from board games to song writing. They also have live music in the cafe most weekends.

Thank Nick H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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