Visited mid-afternoon on 2 July 2017. Bar was unmanned when I entered the pub and the only person visible, who was perched at its end, merely glanced up from his laptop before ignoring me. I waited in vain for a few minutes in the hope of some service before leaving. Beer selection looked local and good, but I didn’t get to try it on this occasion and won’t be returning.
Visited on 8th August 2014. Single roomed locals pub a few minutes walk from St Denys. It’s shabby but with that loved local charm.
Beer range was excellent and had a good mix of local beers from different breweries, all were in good nick and prices were decent. It was busy but got a table. Service friendly. Liked it.
I stick to Travlr, a bit worn out single room pub with a smelly carpet. No food and I don’t think I would consider eating here anyway. Quite locals, mostly middle aged to older with one occasionally local junkie. Surprisingly well selected range of cask and almost extremely friendly and helpful staff. Well worth the trip if you’re not to picky.
This is a one room pub with a slightly smelly carpet and no ladies room. That said, the beer list is the most impressive of the shires lists I’ve encountered so far. Staff is friendly, locals are quiet. Relaxing place, and worth a few ticks.
SilkTork (95) Southampton, United Kingdom, England | November 18, 2014| Updated March 31, 2015
This place is all about the beer range - without that, and you wouldn’t bother. It’s a scruffy and dull single room with crap pub carpet. No atmosphere. No view. Nine casks. Simple rolls and bags of crisps for food. It’s a place for old men. It’s a place to come and die in. I suspect some people have already died here and not yet been moved on. You seriously would not bring your family here. Nor your wife or girlfriend. I don’t think they even have a women’s toilet. It speaks volumes for the scarcity of good pubs in Southampton that people call this the best pub in the city.
I’ve tried again, and had one of my favourite Oakleaf beers, which they served too warm and out of condition. It was offered at a reduced price so they possibly knew it was going off.
There are four Wetherspoons in Southampton where you can get a decent range of beers in good condition. There’s also Humble Plumb in Bitterne which is a pub with character and awesome food which does ten cask ales in good condition. Near to the Guide Dog you have the South Western Arms which is full of life and character and does 10 cask ales, and almost next door to that is the Junction Inn which does 8 cask ales and home cooked food in a proper all welcoming traditional local.
Near the docks you have the Platform Tavern, a great pub which brews its own beer.
Seriously folks, there are many better pubs than this in Southampton, even if all you are after is scoops.
Excellent smallish boozer hidden away on a side street. Between St Mary’s Stadium and St Denys train station. Worth seeking out as it is by far the best pub in the city. 8-9 handpumps on from a range of breweries. Choice of halves, pints, 1/3 or 2/3. Beer unfailingly in perfect condition, with very reasonable prices. The best Fuller’s ESB you are likely to have.
Well-decorated with CAMRA awards, but beyond that it’s a genuinely good homely locals’ joint that happens to have a few good taps like yummy Dark Star Hophead. Super service, too. The decor is nothing but it has super character nonetheless.
Visited on 09/09/12.
Single roomed local a bit like someones living room with board games in an alcove and bowl of help yourself mini chocolate bars!
6 or 7 beers on cask, Fullers ESB seemed to be a permanent with others on my visit from Oakleaf, Fulflood Arms, Flowerpots (a stout) and Dark Star.
Friendly service, I even called them the day after to check on the full name of a beer I’d rated and they were more than happy to assist. We visited here on a mini crawl around St Denys having previously visited the excellent Bitter Virtue off licence, some 10 minutes or so away.
This is a decent back street boozer. The ambiance is a bit scruffy and rundown. This is a working man’s pub. There’s about 6 beers on cask plus the usual suspects on keg. The cask beers were mostly local, a nice touch. The prices were quite good, but all prices outside of central London look cheap to me these days. The service was very friendly, familiar. Even though I was the only non-regular in the pub, I was still made to feel welcome. Overall, a nice place to have a pint if you’re in the area.