This in-depth guide to Southampton city centre’s best craft beer and real ale pubs, micropubs and bars includes recommended pub crawls with maps and directions, plus information on local breweries, getting around, where to stay and more. Comments, improvements, suggestions, corrections? Leave a comment below or contact me.
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Looking for craft beer shops and specialist bottle shops in Southampton? Find out where to buy craft beer to drink at home in this guide.
With five breweries and a glut of excellent pubs and bars in the city, the Southampton craft beer scene is booming.
Yet, it’s still pretty difficult to get hold of decent craft beer in the city’s supermarkets and off licences – in many of them, all you’ll find is the usual uninspiring mix of beers from big brands and a few better-known independents.… Read more
This is an ever-growing list of dog-friendly pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Southampton and the surrounding area. Includes a description of each pub that allows dogs, plus where to find them.
With hundreds of acres of green spaces, four city parks recently named among the top parks in the UK and the New Forest and South Downs National Parks in easy reach, Southampton is a great place for dog owners.… Read more
Discover 10 of the best Christmas food and drink gifts from producers and businesses based in Hampshire. Includes something for all tastes and budgets.
When you’re stuck for what to buy someone for Christmas, you can’t go far wrong with food and drink – unless you have a habit of panic buying those mass-produced gift sets from the “seasonal aisle” in the supermarket…
Find out about the beer and food we sampled on the second South Hants Hop Social meet up at the new Overdraft craft ale bar in Winchester.
It’s not often you can go somewhere decent for a few drinks and a bite to eat and come home with change from £30, especially in Winchester.
It’s handy that we can now pick up bottled and canned real ale almost anywhere – supermarkets, corner shops, even some cafes an tea rooms now stock it.
However, while there are some nice bottle-conditioned ales out there, drinking real ale from bottles and cans doesn’t really do it for me. I much prefer it how it fresh, straight from the cask or keg.… Read more