Those of you who follow my social media pages will know by now, I am a huge fan of independent cafes. Slightly because it allows me to unleash my inner hipster but also they’re usually cheaper than chains and more importantly they care about their products.
So after living in Europe and visiting many many cafes most of which were independent, I was excited to head back to Southampton and seek out what cafe and restaurants were on offer that I could support and in turn would fuel my coffee addiction.
So without further ado, here is a run down of 4 of my favourite independents in Southampton, all of which are different and offer a unique experience.
While some may argue this is a chain, I think not. Yes, their are 5 Mettricks in Southampton but each one offers something different.
From a traditional coffee shop, to a sit down meal or a few after work cocktails. Every Mettricks offers something unique. My favourite venue? Guildhall, why? The large leather arm chairs and stupidly comfortable and I can have a hot chocolate while my friends drink beer, because I’m fun like that.
One of my favourite places for a sit down meal, and the best lamb I’ve ever had is Greg’s. With a welcoming feel as soon as you walk in the door, a relaxed atmosphere and fresh food you can’t really complain.
Located slightly out of the city centre, I think this is a great to get away from the madness of Bedford Place or WestQuay and actually relax.
European cuisine, polite staff and a host of fresh specials. What’s not to love?
Looking for a Mediterranean lunch? Or maybe one of the biggest, tastiest and freshest salads around? Then pop down to The Flying Aubergine. If you fancy going for the evening instead then they do serve dinner as well.
For me, the salads here are always a winner, the Goats Cheese is something I’d highly recommend if you’re a cheese fan!
If you’re failing to locate it you maybe looking on the high street, but venture into the park and you’ll find this little unique cafe. With freshly made food all of which is super tasty, this will forever be a favourite.
Whilst they do try and cram as many people into the venue as possible, they don’t compromise on food or flavour and they still provide excellent service.
If you are going here, then order the brownie, it’s beautiful and super tasty.