10 Things to eat in Southampton and where

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From fish dishes to desserts, from the 100 percent British culinary tradition to Italian, Spanish and oriental influences, sitting comfortably at the table of any restaurant in Southampton will prove to be a stimulating experience, and not just for our palate! Let's find out what the ten dishes popular of the English city, those courses that we can never, ever do without.


  1. Fried fish
  2. Hamburger
  3. Maple Sundae
  4. Omelette
  5. Steamed clams
  6. Lobster roll
  7. Garlic Bread (garlic bread)
  8. Pancake
  9. Mussels marinara
  10. Jacket Potato
  11. Where to eat in Southampton: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Fried Fish

Fresh, super fresh, freshly caught: Southampton fish (also known as fried lake bass) is breaded and fried, served hot and eaten right away!

  • Recommended to: (ex: lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack, always)
  • Average cost: € 5,40
  • Main ingredients: fish (various types), eggs, breadcrumbs, oil for frying

2 - Hamburger

Okay, it's not really the most representative dish in the city, but in Southampton, burgers are also serious, to be handled with care. In the premises of the British city, there are numerous variations of the king of junk food, a perfect blend of the classic ground beef, peanut butter and other, exquisite ingredients of English origin.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: starting from € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: bacon, hamburger, cheese, peanut butter

3 - Maple Sundae

During your stay in the county town of Hampshire, you cannot fail to treat yourself to a moment of infinite sweetness with the maple sundae, a luxurious ice cream served in a crunchy waffle and "washed down" by maple syrup.

  • Advised: as a snack
  • Average cost: € 5,74
  • Main ingredients: maple syrup, crunchy wafer, ice cream

4 - Omelette

Southampton is known for its egg production, among the best in Great Britain, used mainly in the kitchen to prepare omelettes. Also in this case, the influence of European (French in this case) or international gastronomy is very high; the local cooks, however, are very good at revisiting traditional and local recipes, giving dishes a personal touch.

  • Recommended to: breakfast lunch dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,90
  • Main ingredients: eggs, cheese, bacon

5 - Steamed clams

Cooked in a healthy way and accompanied by a delicious melted butter sauce, steamed clams are one of the most popular fish entrees in Southampton.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: clams, melted butter

6 - Lobster Roll

An unusual way to tastearagosta, much more comfortable and perhaps less chic, but no less delicious. American influences return to Southampton kitchens with the lobster roll, a lobster roll stuffed with butter, herbs and spices, to be served hot or cold, according to tradition.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,80
  • Main ingredients: bread, lobster (pulp), chives, butter

7 - Garlic Bread (garlic bread)

One of the cornerstones of British cuisine is garlic bread. It is, of course, about bread flavored with garlic, butter and herbs: excellent as an aperitif, appetizer or as an accompaniment to meat and fish dishes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: garlic, bread, butter

8 - Pancakes

Never ever say no to a portion of soft and delicious pancakes, inundated by a cascade of maple syrup! A sweet charge for a typically English breakfast, this delicious dessert can be eaten at any time of the day, as a snack or even as a midnight snack.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 9,00 (a portion of 6 pancakes)
  • Main ingredients: eggs, butter, milk, maple syrup

9 - Marinara-style mussels

The highlight of Southampton's seafood gastronomy is the mussels marinara, with the inevitable dressing based on garlic, white wine and cream.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,90
  • Main ingredients: mussels, white wine, garlic

10 - Jacket Potato

Known as baked potatoes in Italy, jacket potatoes are a must in English cuisine. Served with any side dish, steaming and delicious, jacket potatoes are a versatile, hearty and delicious dish based on vegetables.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: starting from € 7,50
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, cheese, beans

Where to eat in Southampton: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Like all English cities, this one too it has no real culinary tradition or a typical dish of this area.
Among the best known foods, you will surely find the famous fish & chips, flat British cuisine icon.

But it has a peculiarity: it is an important port city, which bases its life on world trade and trade. This characteristic, and the continuous influence of other cultures, has also poured into the kitchen: here you will find restaurants and clubs with an international offer! Between Indian, Mediterranean, American, French, Italian, Chinese cuisine and much more, the choice is really wide and diversified.

1 - The White Star Tavern

  • Description: the only restaurant in the city to be mentioned in the "Good food guide" and in the Michelin and Les Routiers guides; English and international cuisine; booking recommended
  • specialty: Pie of the Day
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: 28 Oxford St, Southampton - Get Directions / Facebook Page

2 - TGI Fridays

  • Description: American-style restaurant, perfect for families with children; offers burgers, grilled meats, but also vegetarian options and children's menus
  • specialty: Fridays Double Glazed Burger (also vegan version and with chicken)
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: 3 Harbor Parade, Southampton - Get Directions / Facebook Page

3 - Banana Wharf

  • Description: located on the seafront, near the Ocean Village Marina, the tourist port; international cuisine, mainly based on fish
  • specialty: Tex Mex Fajitas
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: 33 Channel Way, Southampton - Get Directions / Facebook Page

4 - Grand Cafe

  • Description: elegant and refined restaurant; local and international cuisine, also excellent for the classic 17:00 tea and for brunch
  • specialty: Meat on a stone
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: South Western House, Terminus Terrace, Southampton - Get Directions / Facebook Page

5 - The Brewery Bar Botley

  • Description: English family-run pub, with wooden interiors and refined furnishings; British and international cuisine, with hamburgers, ribs, sandwiches and the great classics such as fish & chips
  • specialty: fish & chips
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: 10 Winchester St, Botley, Southampton - Get Directions / Facebook Page

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