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The Art House

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“cake” (22 reviews)
“nachos” (12 reviews)
“greek meze” (3 reviews)
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hours
Cafe, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

From their ethics to their community and warmth, this place is a wonderful space and group of people to visit. The food is amazing regardless of whether you normally eat vegan or not.

Thank Claire H
Reviewed yesterday

Love it here. Great community vibe. Stays open later in the evening than other similar venues so you don't feel you have to go to a pub just for a coffee/tea. Check the activities board to see what's happening.

Thank suephillips36
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There isn't anything I didn't love about my experience here. Friendly atmosphere. Beautiful artwork. Amazing community work. Falafel wraps and vegan cheese baked taters are to die for!

Thank Joey W
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Art House is a fab community café. It’s comfy and welcoming and the cakes are spot on. So much more than just a caff. There is loads of stuff going on if you want to connect with people locally or hear some live music,...More

Thank Lorna B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had lunch here today, beautiful food and such friendly staff. Always a cosy feel and welcoming, looking forward to visiting again.

Thank Aileen E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son had a gig with college and used the venue upstairs, a good night! Nice organic beer, friendly service, only drawback only one loo!

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 7 April 2018

I ordered a 'naughty nachos' which turned out to be a small bowl of nachos, albeit 'organic', with a small sprinkling of cheese and the stingyest bowl of tomato salsa I have ever seen ...about the size of take away sauce pot...and this set me...More

Thank rainoncloudnine
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

A funny little place mostly run by volunteers. Great for lunch & coffee with a cool atmosphere and lovely staff. Can't wait to get back and see what's going on next time I'm around.

Thank Kristoffer Ø
Reviewed 15 March 2018

I have lived in Southampton for a few years, and for a while I volunteered at the Art House - and let me tell you, it's an amazing experience! Working with the incredibly lovely people there is a bonus next to the delicious food they...More

Thank Artur F
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

On our way to the newly opened NST City theatre close by, we called into the aptly named Art House for lunch. Really friendly and warm and welcoming on a cold day. A selection of interesting light meals on the lunch menu including wraps and...More

Thank bsandrs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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