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Encore, Southampton - pub details


Address: 22/26 Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1GE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10672) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Southampton Central (0.2 miles), Millbrook - Hants (1 mile), St Denys (1.5 miles)

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Built into the ground floor of a modern block on Commercial Road next door to the Mayflower Theatre, and close to the Central Station, this is a popular pub frequently packed with Saints supporters on match days and families on panto days. Acquired by Greene King during their purchase of the Spirit Pub Company from Punch Taverns, it serves two or three beers from the Greene King range, plus, on our visit, a Hogs Back keg lager. The pub works around the limitations of its awkward space, utilising separate areas to create a feeling of intimacy in places, though the need for supporting pillars in a narrow space does mean that moving around the central area can be awkward, and getting into the cubicle in the gent's toilet is not for those who are a little bit large.

There appeared to be a shortage of kitchen staff over the Christmas period, as the pub was operating a restricted menu, which meant that vegetarians wouldn't be able to eat, unless they were content with simply a bowl of chips. And, even then, there was a 40 minute wait. Customers were understandably frustrated as the next nearest pub is about a ten minute walk away.

Those who did decide to order and wait appeared to get a typical Greene King pub meal. Nothing fantastic - a bit stodgy, but generally cheap.

There is nothing here to attract a repeat visit. The pub has no charm or character, gets a bit crowded, and is unreliable for food, which when served is unremarkable. If planning to eat in a pub before the theatre it may make more sense to allow a little extra time to eat in a pub a little further away.
SilkTork - 1 Jan 2017 10:58
Abysmal sub-Wetherspoons nonsense with the ubiquitous Doom Bar and Greene King IPA on tap. Inter Milan were in town on the night of my visit and what they must think of Britain on this evidence, Lord only knows. By the time you read this, it may be Inter Cable Tel who are in town.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Nov 2016 09:22
Saturday lunchtime, no Saints game and no matinee at The Mayflower - sheer bliss, room to move. Handy for changing buses/trains if you can navigate the big building site. Otter Amber, Old Speckled Hen and GK IPA so no contest, Otter in good nick.
ellisref - 24 Oct 2015 21:23
Can't add anything possitive about this pub other than 20p off a pint for camra members.
Doom Bar the only ale on 3 hand pumps with another for cider.
Served in the dreaded PLASTIC. Do they normaly have trouble with the theatre crowd??
bjbrummiejohn - 29 Apr 2013 08:18
My first pub in Southampton after starting a new contract there. Bar staff served customers out of order, seemed to guess at the price of the beer and forgot to give change. And a terrible pint of London Pride. Waste of a great location, being close to the station and the theatre.
garabaldi - 30 Jul 2011 11:11

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