Arty Stan is an independent that’s flourished from the darkest depths of the pandemic bringing much joy to Southampton’s food scene.
The person behind Arty Stan AKA Jay is slinging ZA’s (pizzas, obviously!) from his Ooni (amazing super hot pizza oven) in the garden of his home, tinkering with all kinds of dough and topping recipes. And, what a breath of fresh air he is.
It took me a while to get a slot with Arty Stan because…EPIC PIZZA ALERT! Yes, sorry to spoil it straight away but, the pizzas are something else so, it’s literally no surprise that Southampton residents, and us a little bit further out, are clamouring at his door selling out his pizza time slots. (Yes I’ve already booked my second sitting in a few weeks time, do I care about the wait? ER, NOPE! It’s nice to have something to look forward to.)
Read more about why Arty Stan’s rocketed to the top of my favourite pizza in Hampshire list…
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Up your ‘at home’ coffee game with this helpful directory of Independent Coffee Roasters in Hampshire!
We are incredibly lucky to have a thriving coffee roasting scene in the county, offering a fantastic range of single origin and blended coffees.
I’ve listed local roasters by area to help you easily find a new morning brew to try. And, all of them deliver straight to your door!
Let your journey into Hampshire coffee begin…
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[AD] Festive Chocolates from Bonham’s Bonbons were just the festive pick me up I needed and a great gift idea!
Charlotte, the chocolatier, sent me a festive box of her hand made chocolates to try recently.
If you want some delicious Southampton artisan home made chocolates to gift or for yourself, shh I won’t tell anyone, you’ll want to take a look at these…
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Porters Wine & Charcuterie is serving up glorious platters of cheese, cured meats and fresh fruit alongside wine’s from around the world.
The restaurant simulates the enotecas or wine libraries of Italy and brings a lovely sophisticated wine bar to central Southampton.
If the winning combination of wine, cheese and meat is a piece of you, then take a look…
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ad* What’s not to like about drinks with friends, hearty food and cosy fireplaces?
The Chilworth Arms is a real winter warmer, the place you could easily while away a Sunday afternoon after a long walk in the countryside.
With the festivities upon us, the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping – the restaurant and pub is a welcome escape capturing a slice of that seasonal magic.
Recently I was invited to try its new festive menu, take a look at what I dishes I tried and a peek at the interior…
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AD* | The Southampton Harbour Hotel is a stunning hotel standing tall in Ocean Village right on the coast.
It’s built in the shape of a cruise ship and has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline.
The penthouse or top level is the hotel’s main restaurant HarBar on 6th with spectacular views out across the marina and the Solent, the stretch of water between the south coast and the Isle of Wight.
It’s a stunning hang out with a terrace, floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful balcony.
It has a recently launched a new seafood focused menu which I was invited to review.
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AD* | The Day of the Dead is all about celebrating life! This, along with Halloween, is definitely my favourite adopted seasonal celebrations and it’s a huge excuse to eat ALL the Mexican food!
Wahaca invited me to a Día de Muertos dinner party, creating a cosy corner where we tried some tasty tacos and quesadillas.
Naturally, I was there with bells on!
Like Mexican food? See the delicious dishes from Masterchef 2005 winner Tomasina Miers…
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こんにちは Kon’nichiwa sushi lovers!
From nori and maki rolls to tempura and nigiri…I always am in the mood for sushi!
If you love sushi you’ve probably had the same problems I’ve had finding decent maki rolls outside of London.
Thankfully a fantastic food scene is growing in Bedford Place where Nara, a Japanese sushi restaurant, is based.
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Southampton’s old archaeology museum has been transformed into a new arts space by A Space Arts with the support of a whole host of funders.
FINALLY! The city has been crying out for more art spaces, culture and a step away from the huge chains that fill our high street. While they have their place in Southampton, the city lacks balance – now is the time for more independents, retail and places for live music.
Take a look at this fantastic new addition to the city centre…
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AD | David Michaels’ Australian burger and chicken joint has hit English shores and found its way out of the big smoke to my corner of Hampshire, Southampton.
Bite me Burger Co and Get Plucked combines witty branding and a wide variety of mini burgers and fried chicken in a new restaurant in the heart of city near Bedford Place on London Road.
And, aren’t I glad it has! I love a BIG eat, especially a good burger.
Take a look at the mini burger revolution…
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