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The Bookshop Alehouse, Southampton - pub details

Address: 21 Portswood Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 2ES [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations St Denys (0.4 miles), Bitterne (0.9 miles), Southampton Central (1.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.5/10 (rated by 4 users)
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The Bookshop Alehouse was the first of 3 micropubs we tried in Southampton yesterday. We also visited Olaf's Tun & Caskaway. But neither of those are listed on here. In my opinion, the Bookshop was the best of the 3. It had a lively atmosphere with a fair few football fans in prior to the game at St Mary's. which is a walk of just over 20 minutes away. The interior has plenty to keep you occupied, with the books, various signage and a wall devoted to adverts for local gigs and other performances. On the ale front, the cask choice was Vibrant Forest Cacaophony, Elusive Punchout, Red Cat Tomcat & Harbour Daymer Extra Pale. There was also an interesting craft beer selection, including a rather unusual sour porter. 4 real ciders were also on, including one I'd never previously had. The selection was Orchard Pig Maverick, Pulp Rhubarb Cider, Dorset Nectar Dabinett & Big Nose Beardy Little Shepherd. Just a single toilet was causing queues. But, with friendly owners and customers, I really liked this micropub.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Nov 2019 13:59
Well worth a visit but just a notch down on Olafs Tun.
Steamer1 - 16 Jul 2017 21:56
One of an ever-increasing number of new micropubs in Southampton which have helped turn the city into a beer destination. This one is rather Bohemian in character and unlike others is open all day, everyday. Makes a nice stop-off between the Guide Dog & Junction/Dolphin and a very welcome addition to the local beer scene. Four real ales on offer from the likes of Wild Weather, 8 Arch & Dancing Cow along side kegs which are served too cold for my tastes. One criticism is the mark up on half pinst to £2.00 - very naughty.
Nice place but not quite up there with the Butcher's Hook & Olaf's Tun.
baxterfish - 23 Oct 2016 12:15

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