UK Staycation – Where to Eat and Drink well in Southampton

We only got to spend a long weekend in Southampton but we made sure each restaurant we visited came recommended so that we didn’t lose precious time on bad meals! Here are some of my recommendations if you are spending a few days or an staying overnight to catch one of the cruises.



If you are in the mood for steak, look no further than Carnicero Steakhouse Restaurant and Bar. We decided to surf’ n’ turf it by adding some of their seafood starters so it worked out very well. It was quite busy on a Saturday evening so booking is recommended.

The Jetty, Ocean Village 

The highlight of our trip to Southampton was spending a gorgeous sunny day at Southampton Harbour Hotel. Their main restaurant, The Jetty, is a fish and seafood restaurant with uninterrupted views of the harbour. The service, interiors, views and the food – pretty much everything was top notch and spot on. The Mix Fish Grill is a must order if you see it on the menu! Totally recommend hitting up this lovely harbour-side restaurant for your next visit to Southampton.

The Pig-in the Wall

THE PIG hotels are one of my favourite collection of boutique hotels. I have always adored their cozy and homely interiors, warm service and sustainably sourced food. The Pig-in the Wall in Southampton is no exception. This was the perfect spot to stop by for lunch hunkered down in one of their large comfy sofas. It is also very conveniently located close to the cruise terminals and the city centre.


HarBAR on 6th

If you are staying or visiting the Southampton Harbour Hotel, don’t forget to visit their Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, HarBAR on 6th. We didn’t eat a full meal but did try their some of their small plates with our drinks. Food-wise, we preferred the food menu at The Jetty but it was still lovely here, with personable service. On days with good weather, their outside terrace is ideal for drinks and panoramic sunset views over the Solent. 

1932 Bar

Southampton’s first speakeasy cocktail bar is hidden inside a building that was a former bank. They serve up a good range of the classics and some bespoke cocktails. Definitely a good place for a pre-dinner drink.

Have you been to Southampton? What are your top recommendations for food and drink here? Please let me know in the comments section below.


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