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Food & Drink in Southampton: things to know before you go

From fine dining questions to restaurant etiquette, we’ve answered some of your most common queries.

Where is the best place for food in Southampton?

It really depends what you’re looking for. But with a range of restaurants dotted around the city, serving up a selection of sweet and savoury treats, Southampton has a lot on offer across a range of different cuisines.

Enjoy European dishes at Steingarten Bar & Restaurant, which boasts the best schnitzel and German sausages in Southampton. MedBar serves up some serious Mediterranean vibes, with plates brimming with authentic Spanish tapas and perfect paella.

After a day’s indulging in retail therapy, or soaking up the soothing spa vibes, head for the signature restaurant at the Mercure Dolphin Hotel - also renowned for its vegan menu - for the ultimate in romantic evenings.

If you’re looking for great family dining in established chains, check out the deals on offer at Bella Italia or Frankie & Benny’s. They’re centrally located and close to the harbour, so you can re-energise with great food after you’ve had a splashing good time on the sea.

Where are the best places for a drink?

In Southampton city centre, you’ll find a whole host of bars to suit whatever kind of evening you’ve got planned - from cosy and relaxed for an evening with friends to sophisticated and elegant for a stunning date night setting.

Oasis Bar is centrally located within the Old Town amidst appealing eateries, and is just a short walk away from West Quay Watermark.

If you would prefer to dress to impress in a more elegant setting, 1932 Bar offers sophisticated style and a ravishing rooftop terrace.

The MedBar offers a great alternative if you would prefer to stay in one location for food and drinks. With a tapas menu, you can share easy-going finger food and a bottle of wine or splash out on a round of cocktails while you catch up with friends.

What drink tasting experiences are there in Southampton?

Whether you are a wine sipper, cocktail shaker or ale connoisseur, Southampton has brewery tours, wine tours and spirit masterclasses to help you appreciate the finer places to drink.

Learn about your favourite local beers with brewery tours available for Tap It Brewing Co and Hall & Woodhouse. After the tour, sample the fruits of your labours alongside locally sourced cheese and ham.

For a fresh alternative in the Foot Hills, escape the city and sample some of the fine wines being made at Melbury Vale Vineyard. This quaint countryside setting is perfect for a clean getaway.

Take a gin making masterclass with Blend Academy, and find out everything you need to know about what goes into its production. It’s the perfect way to spend time trying something new with friends – create your very own personalised gin recipe and take home the results!

Where is the best place for afternoon tea?

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or catching up with friends, afternoon tea in Southampton offers an air of sophistication and sweet indulgence.

If you’re after luxury, afternoon tea in one of the city’s finest hotels is a must:

For a more low-key afternoon tea to share with some friends, try: