The White Star Tavern Pub with rooms in Southampton, Hampshire

Prices from:
£80 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Former shipping hotel in days of Titanic
  • Cool, lively city tavern with rooms
  • Menu; classic and modern pub dishes
  • Great rooms; all mod cons
  • Retail therapy and cruise ships close by

CandlelitClose to Water90 Minutes from LondonNo Car Needed15 Minutes from the MotorwayPrivate Dining

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Overview

The White Star Tavern Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3DJ

The personal touch

Transformed from a run-down Irish pub into a stylish tavern with rooms in 2002, Southampton’s first gastropub has thrived ever since in the city’s ‘restaurant row’ in the old part of the city, just minutes from Ocean Village and the cruise terminals. If you like a city-centre vibe, then you’ll love the White Star as it’s the hub of the café culture on trendy Oxford Street, and if you’re in need some retail therapy, then it’s just a stroll away from the Ocean Village and West Quay shopping complexes. The striking corner building was once a shipping hotel in the days of the Titanic, hence it name. Smart front lounge areas sport modern green leather banquettes, large wooden sharing tables, contemporary lighting and grey painted panelled walls, yet retains the original flagstones and the period decorative fireplaces. Beyond the large wooden bar you’ll find the spacious, wood-floored and panelled dining rooms with darkwood tables laid up with gleaming cutlery and glasses. The whole place has a relaxed and informal feel and can draw a lively crowd at the weekend – it’s very much a city bar and eatery. Fuller’s Brewery took over the tavern in 2017 and an exciting top-to-bottom refurbishment in early 2019 will see the addition of 11 new bedrooms, so watch this space…!

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome in the pub; there’s a decent children’s menu listing fresh food; space is limited in the rooms for an extra bed but cots can be accommodated.

Muddy paws

Dogs are not allowed inside the pub.

Alfresco

On warm summer days spill out onto the pavement tables on pedestrianized Oxford Street and watch the world go by with an espresso martini cocktail. Guests can use the neat little roof terrace – a peaceful spot away from the hubbub of the bar

What’s the Damage?
13 doubles/twin: £80-£165

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining areas
  • No Parking: street parking (pay); nearby long-stay car park

Gongs
AA 2 Rosettes

Sleep

The White Star Tavern Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3DJ

Do not disturb

Narrow staircases wind up to the 13 comfortable and stylish bedrooms that ramble across two floors above the bar. All are named after cruise liners and come in three different types, Lower Deck, Middle Deck and Upper Deck, with the latter offering a tad more space, added extras (slippers & bathrobes) and Titanic and Velshead rooms have deep tubs as well as walk-in showers. The décor and general attention to detail is spot on – all have big beds topped with the best linen and down, cosy green panelled walls, plus retro lighting, leather armchairs, Dyson cooling fans, a digital radio, in-room safe, Nespresso machines and Smart TVs. Each room has a mini-bar stocked with water and a complimentary bottle of London Pride. Equally comfortable bathrooms have contemporary fittings, posh Cole & Lewis toiletries, and huge walk-in monsoon showers. Rooms will receive an exciting major upgrade in early 2019 – all will be cool, contemporary and individually decorated – plus there will be 11 more rooms to choose from.

What’s the Damage?
13 doubles/twin: £80-£165

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining areas
  • No Parking: street parking (pay); nearby long-stay car park

Gongs
AA 2 Rosettes

Eat & Drink

The White Star Tavern Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3DJ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5-£7; Main Courses: £10-£22; Desserts £6-£9.50)

Ambitious head chef Caroline Rodaway delivers an interesting and varied menu, one that features well-cooked pub classics alongside more adventurous main dishes. Expect honest food prepared from seasonal ingredients, including meat from Owtons Butchers in Hampshire and New Forest venison. Nibble on a black pudding scotch egg or Vietnamese spicy chicken wings at the bar with a pint of Frontier, or tuck into an excellent battered fish finger sandwich for a light bite. For starters there may be Sopley asparagus, poached egg and hollandaise, and salted cod croquettes, pea puree and tartare sauce. Main dishes range from baked sea trout with samphire and cockle butter sauce to Cornish Orchard cider cured pork ribeye with spring onion and hazelnut pesto, or classic Frontier battered haddock with hand-cut chips. Try one of the excellent 35-day aged steaks, served with triple-cooked chips and peppercorn sauce. Leave room for buttermilk pannacotta with strawberries, pistachios and basil. To drink, expect the full range of Fullers real ales and craft beers and lagers, a top selection of premium bottled ciders, beers and soft drinks, a raft of boutique gins, Scottish malts and American whiskeys, great cocktails, and 20 wines by the glass.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 7am – 11am (8am – 12 noon Saturday & Sunday)
Food all day: 12 noon – 9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)

Time at the bar

7am – 11pm (Friday 12 midnight; 8.30am – 12 midnight Saturday; 8.30am – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
13 doubles/twin: £80-£165

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining areas
  • No Parking: street parking (pay); nearby long-stay car park

Gongs
AA 2 Rosettes

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The White Star Tavern

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Laverstoke Park Farm Shop, Overton RG25 3DR

Certified as organic and biodynamic, this multi award-winning farm is owned by former Formula 1 champion Jody Schecktar. With its own on-site butchers, the farm shop provides an outlet for its products, including organic meats, seasonal fruit and veg grown in the walled garden, prize-winning mozzarella, ice cream buffalo milk and beers.

4

River Test Smokery, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6AZ

A smokery using traditional methods where fish, meat and game is sourced locally where possible and smoked over English oak chippings. Salmon and rainbow trout are also on sale here, while duck, pheasant and other game are on offer during the shooting season. Products can be collected from the site via pre-arrangement and there's also a mail-order service.

5

Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Landford SP5 2DN

Prize-winning producers of artisan cheeses such as Old Winchester and Stoney Cross, made on the farm using milk from their own dairy herd. Also available is an organic veg range, including lettuces, broad beans, sugar snap peas, pumpkins and squash. Pre-booked evening farm tours are offered during July.

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Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

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Wine Utopia, Stockbridge SO20 6EX

This well-stocked wine merchants, which supplies The Greyhound on The Test, has hundreds of top quality and great value wines from across the world, many from small producers and estates.

8

Caracoli, Winchester S023 9AH

A coffee shop with an award winning barista, Caracoli serves a variety of home-baked cakes and biscuits, as well as lunches of hearty soups, filled focaccia rolls and home-made sausage rolls and salads. There's a food store, too, which stocks the cafe's own 'Caracoli Kitchen' range, giving you a chance to take home what you've enjoyed in the cafe.

10

Setley Ridge Farm Shop & Vineyard, Brockenhurst SO42 7UF

A family-run business set in the middle of the New Forest, Paul Girling and his wife Hayley grow the grapes in their vineyard, from which they produce five different varieties of wine. These are stocked in the oak-framed farm shop, along with other produce from local suppliers, including jams and chutneys, cheeses and cakes. The farm shop is open seven days a week.

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Walking Picnics, Frogham SP6 2JA

Fancy exploring the glorious scenery of the New Forest and then enjoying a three-course home made gourmet picnic at the end of it? Nigel Owen leads the 3-4 mile guided nature walks, while his wife Christine is in charge of the picnics, made up of a light starter, home made pies or quiches and a choice of cakes or puddings. Summer season walks run from Easter through to September. During winter months they also run 'souper' walks, with a mug of homemade soup replacing the picnic.

12

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio SO42 7YA

Having previously trained as a baker and chocolatier in France, owner Trevor Smith set up the chocolate factory in 2006, taking over what was the village patisserie. His successful range of 30 different filled chocolates, along with bars and gifts are all made, displayed and sold on site.

13

Granary Kitchen Cookery School, Lymington SO41 OJH

Housed in a 100-year-old converted farm building, this cookery school launched in 2012 and is headed up by chef Christian Rivron. A range of different courses are on offer for home cooks of all levels and groups bookings are available.

14

Kimbridge On The Test Farm Shop, Romsey SO51 OLE

Tucked away in idyllic countryside, this farm shop has high quality produce supplied by local farmers, including smoked trout, lamb, pork and beef and their on-site butcher can offer advice on cuts and how to cook them. Their restaurant also offers a tranquil dining experience.

15

Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE

Owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, this little gem is a deli, fishmonger and cafe all rolled into one. Amongst its wide-ranging produce, it stocks artisan breads from the Hoxton Bakehouse and also offers Friday night ‘fish and chips’, which you can wash down with a glass of wine or ale.

16

Minstead Village Shop & Café, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7FY

It’s worth seeking out this thriving village shop and café for delicious breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas, all freshly prepared using New Forest produce; everything is sourced with 15 miles of Minstead. Their foods are also on sale in the shop.

17

New Forest Lavender Farm, Giles Lane, Landford SP5 2BG

If you pop in to view the fragrant lavender fields and the excellent nursery, then you must not leave without trying the delicious lunches and cream teas, which may include cheese and lavender scones and homemade lavender shortbread, naturally.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The White Star Tavern

Activities

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Fly Fishing, Burley BH24 4HS

A bespoke service is offered with a range of over 70 beats on more than 20 rivers. Expect grayling, sea trout and Atlantic salmon. There are few places in the UK where you can access some of the best and most sought-after private estate fly fishing in the world, but this is one of them.

4

Dibden Golf Centre, Dibden SO45 5TB

This well-established golfing venue on the eastern edge of the New Forest has two excellent courses - a challenging 18-hole par 70 and a great 4-hole with two par 4s and seven par 3s. There is also a fleet of electric golf buggies and a range of electric and pull trolleys for hire.

5

Burley Villa Horse Riding, New Milton BH25 5SH

Novices and experienced riders, young or old, it doesn't matter what category you fit into. Burley Villa is where you can roam amid the glorious wooded acres of the New Forest National Park.

6

New Forest Bus Tour SO42 7RX

Enjoy an open-top safari through the New Forest National Park, see the local scenery at its best and witness the region's fascinating wildlife at close quarters on a bus ride with a difference. From the top deck the backdrop is a spectacular mix of open heath and ancient woodland. Hop on and off as you wish.

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Calshot Activities Centre, Calshot SO45 1BR

Situated on the shores of the Solent and one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain, Calshot offers an excellent choice of exciting water and land-based activities in the country's most popular watersports location.

8

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.

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Bramshaw Golf Club, Brook SO43 7HE

For guests wishing to play golf in the New Forest, the Crosthwaite Eyre family also own the two award-winning golf courses directly behind the Bell Inn in Bramshaw - it's the oldest golf club in Hampshire. The two diverse 18-hole courses stretch across the undulating heathland of the National Park, offering golf holes of great interest through the trees and the fairways are shared with the wildlife and livestock that roam freely through the Forest.

Shopping

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The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6HE

A contemporary art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and ceramics from many well-established artists, as well as work from some very exciting younger artists. Solo, group and themed shows throughout the year.

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Stockbridge SO20 6EY

Take a stroll along Stockbridge's handsome High Street and you'll immediately spot a wide variety of individual, independent retailers - from art galleries and boutiques to specialist food shops as well as a butcher, greengrocer and fishmonger.

18

The Winchester Bookshop, St George's Street SO23 8BG

For lovers of antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, this established shop in Winchester’s St George’s Street offers an excellent selection on a variety of subjects. 01962 855630.

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First Floor Gallery, 46 The Hundred, Romsey SO51 8BX

Expect a wide variety of goods and services at First Floor Gallery in Romsey - from professional bespoke framing to picture movement, installation and restoration. Original paintings, prints, ceramics, gifts and cards can also be found stocked here.

20

Rhian Fashion House, Warsash SO31 9JA

A popular, stylish boutique based at Warsash, near Southampton, with over 20 years' experience in the fashion industry, Rhian sources its stock from much-sought Frank Lyman and a variety of French and Italian designers. The business also runs a series of charitable fashion shows throughout the year.

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Coastal Gallery, 4 Southampton Road, Lymington SO41 9GG

This Lymington-based independent art gallery specialises in modern artwork by contemporary artists and designers, including abstract art, landscape and fine art photography, printmaking, studio ceramics and sculpture.

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Salisbury SP1 1EJ

The historic city of Salisbury never fails to offer a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience. Among its quaint old streets, you’ll find an impressive array of quality retailers and independent shops – especially in the vicinity of Winchester Street, Catherine Street, Fisherton Street and High Street.

23

Norris & Sons, Beaulieu SO42 7YG

Based at Beaulieu in the New Forest and boasting 130 years’ experience, Norris & Sons is just the place for country, shooting, outdoor and equestrian clothing – from coats and wellington boots to brands such as Pikeur, Horseware, Ariat and Musto.

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Elliots, High Street, Lymington SO41 9YS

This family business, dating back more than 140 years and based in Lymington High Street, is a department store renowned for combining the best in modern style and design, with the highest standards of quality and service. Covering three floors, Elliotts offers the world’s finest men’s and ladies’ fashion, footwear and accessories.

Places to visit

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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont SO51 0LP

This 12th-century former Augustinian priory became a private house after the Dissolution. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont includes a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler and a superb walled garden containing one of the finest collections of roses in the country. A tributary of the Test flows prettily through the grounds.

10

Broadlands, Romsey SO51 9ZD

Renowned for its fine Palladian-style architecture and open to visitors during the summer months, Broadlands was the home of the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. It was here that the Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first three days of their honeymoon in 1981.

11

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common SO21 1JY

Marwell, near Winchester, offers the chance to get up close to the breathtaking wonders of the natural world. Home to more than 1,200 animals of 235 different species and set in 140 acres, Marwell is an important wildlife centre with a strong emphasis on conservation and breeding.

12

Exbury Gardens, Exbury SO45 1AZ

Exbury Gardens, a short drive from Beaulieu and created by Lionel de Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family, are renowned for their outstanding collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. There are also superb woodland gardens and peaceful walks down to the banks of the picturesque Beaulieu River.

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The Isle of Wight PO32 6SP

For many visitors there is a timeless quality to the Isle of Wight. Being an island it has a unique and highly distinctive quality. Within minutes of leaving Beaulieu, you can jump aboard the ferry at Lymington and spend a day exploring this glorious coastal gem. Among a host of island attractions are Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was held before his execution, and Osborne House, the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

14

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu SO42 7ZN

Just a stone's throw from the Master Builders you'll find one of the world's largest collections of vehicles and motoring memorabilia dating back more than a century.

15

Breamore House & Countryside Museum, Breamore SP6 2DF

Breamore is an Elizabethan manor house and countryside museum on the western edge of the New Forest. Expect paintings, porcelain, period furniture and a rare James I carpet. The museum includes one of the finest collections of steam-powered farm machinery.

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Winchester College, College Street, Winchester SO23 9NA

Founded in 1382, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Join one of the guided tours that explore the medieval heart of the college, including the Chamber Court, the 14th-century gothic chapel, the original scholars’ dining room, and the 17th-century red-brick schoolroom thought to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

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Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS

Awesome and full of interest, one of Europe’s finest cathedrals, with the longest of all Gothic naves, this magnificent building dominates the city’s compact and fascinating medieval centre. Treasures include many rare books, notably a wonderful 12th-century illuminated Bible, some spectacular architecture, and the tombs of Jane Austen, Izaak Walton and the early English kings. Don’t miss sung evensong for an opportunity to hear the choir.

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Hinton Ampner House, Bramdean, Hampshire SO24 0LA

Elegant country house set in superb countryside, best know for its fine gardens that combine formality of design with informality of planting. It’s full of scent and colour and offers walks with many unexpected vistas. The house contains an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d’art.

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The Grange, Northington, Hampshire SO24 9TG

One of Europe’s earliest and most remarkable Greek revival houses stands in a landscaped park with an ornamental lake in the Candover Valley north of Alresford. Although an empty shell, the exterior has been restored to its former glory, most strikingly the temple front supported on eight gigantic columns. It provides the impressive backdrop for the month-long Grange Park Opera Festival (June-July).

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Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DB

Stroll around the elegant little town of Alresford and you’ll find art galleries, specialist food shops, antiques and interior shops, as well top-notch boutiques like Moda Rosa for modern designer clothing and, next door, Hetre, for classic and contemporary shoes from the world’s leading designers.

Walking

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
A vast network of woodland paths and tracks awaits you in the New Forest a short drive west of Southampton. One of the loveliest walks in the area connects Lymington to Beaulieu via a scenic stretch of the 60-mile Solent Way. The second half of this section, very popular with walkers, is along the banks of the Beaulieu River, sheltered and beautiful. If you intend visiting the nearby Isle of Wight, you’ll find a bewildering assortment of paths and tracks that take advantage of the island’s many miles of stunning natural beauty.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
www.hants.gov.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban paths make Hampshire a great place for getting in the saddle. The New Forest also has more than 100 miles of off-road routes that are ideal for cycling. If time allows, head over to the Isle of Wight and enjoy an exhilarating cycle ride along quiet lanes and tracks accompanied by glorious sea views and magnificent scenery. The island was recently crowned one of Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 Cycling Destinations in the World’.

Events

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Throughout the year this charming corner of the country – the New Forest and the Isle of Wight – witnesses some of the country’s biggest and best-known festivals and summer fixtures. There’s the Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show at Broadlands in September, the New Forest & Hampshire County Show at Brockenhurst in July, the highly successful Isle of Wight Walking Festival in May and, of course, Cowes Week annually in August when the entire Solent becomes a breathtaking cavalcade of colour and spectacle.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From M3/M27 take A33 south into Southampton and follow signs to West Quay

By Rail: Southampton central station is a mile northwest of the White Star Tavern

Address:

28 Oxford Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3DJ

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