Southampton’s Oxford Street is the social hub of the city and home to award winning bar and restaurant, The White Star Tavern. Taking its name from the White Star Shipping Line and a base for many that began their fateful voyage on the infamous Titanic, The White Star Tavern is a part of history.
True to its heritage, the décor throughout the White Star Tavern has kept in-tune with its past. Even with its modern touches you can still imagine the passengers from the past 100+ years passing through before boarding ships travelling all over the world. Still as popular today, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a fine meal before boarding one of the many cruise liners that depart from Southampton. The modern touches throughout give this venue a trendy edge making it a great spot for an evening drink. The restaurant encompasses fine dining and is the only restaurant in Southampton that can boast 2 AA Rosettes.
Attention is taken with every detail at The White Star Tavern, and head chef Matt Noonan and his team highlight this perfectly with every dish they put on the table. Starters such as Salt Baked & Pickled Beetroot Salad combine the crunch of the beetroot with the creaminess of the goat’s cheese for a perfect combination of textures, exploding with flavour at every mouthful. Silky smooth Chicken Liver parfait with an incredible depth of flavour that perfectly accompanies lightly fried croutons. Each main dish that reaches the table is presented with great care and finesse. Picture perfect cuisine that takes you to a new level of fine dining. Roast lamb wonderfully cooked that slices with ease and is united with a spinach wrapped parcel of couscous, that looks as pleasing as it tastes. Honey roast duck breast which has been rendered to perfection to give it a crispy skin and meat that melts in the mouth, all lovingly combined with a pickled ginger jus to tantalise those taste buds.
You may well find your appetite has been completely satisfied at this point, but we urge you to go for a dessert anyway, they are worth it for their presentation alone! You will be pleasantly surprised when it’s not a bowl of stodgy rice pudding that lands in front of you, but a deconstructed masterpiece of smooth rice pudding, silky jam and a passion fruit ice parfait that cleanses the pallet. If it’s a showstopper you’re after, “Chocolate Death” is nothing short of theatre on a plate! Don’t be scared by this coffin shaped dessert, with it’s warm brownie centre surrounded by a chocolate crumb soil, blood splattered raspberry coulis and a skull shaped burnt white chocolate and vanilla parfait that finishes it off perfectly. This dessert is unexpectedly lighter than you’d expect and with flavours that will make putting the spoon down before you finish, near impossible.
Once you’ve finished your meal, sit back and take in the surroundings and the ambience. Whether you come for its history, elegant atmosphere or fine dining, one thing is for sure; a visit to The White Star Tavern is a treat for all the senses.