The Vestry Restaurant & Bar 15/25

The Vestry Restaurant & Bar 15/25



61 Commercial Road
SO15 1GG

Tel: 02380 231101


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Public car parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Above average

LWL Bronze Award – Awarded September 2011 – Cost ££££

The last time I was in this atmospheric building it was called Joe D’Aflo’s; it now has new owners and has had a very tasteful refurbishment, love the darker colours. For anyone who hasn’t been or even driven past, it used to be a church so the interior is very impressive.

We were going to a show at The Mayflower after dinner but arrived early enough to have a drink outside to enjoy our amazing Indian summer!  We decided on the 2 course pre-theatre menu for £14.95 but they have other options… before 5pm: £9.95 (1course) £11.95 (2 courses) £14.95 (3 courses), after 5pm: £9.95 (1course) £14.95 (2 courses) £17.95 (3 courses).

Our choices: Soup of the day (it was broccoli & leek) with crusty bread, South-Coast fishcakes with tartare sauce and Glazed goats cheese & caramelised red onion tart with a red pepper coulis. For mains : Fillet of sea bass with tarragon new potatoes, marinated carrot ribbons & sauce vierge, 8oz Rump steak with mushroom, vine tomato & rustic chips and Abbots Ale battered South Coast haddock with tartare sauce, minted mushy peas & rustic chips. The food was fine but the steak was very tough and it had a £5 supplement charge! The wine we ordered, a South African Chenin Blanc, was £17.

The staff were all very friendly and understood you had to be out by curtain up time. Think this would be a fun venue for late night drinking! Cost ££££

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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 2/5
Variety of menu 3/5
Staff and service 3/5
Ambience, setting & decor 4/5
Value for Money 3/5

Total Yummy Factor


Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)