The Rockstone, Southampton, 17/25

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The Rockstone, Southampton

17/25 ££££ award.bronze

65 Onslow Road

Bevois Valley

Southampton

Hampshire

SO14 0JL

Tel: 023 80637256

Website: www.therockstone.co.uk

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Street parking

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

The Rockstone has been talked about a lot in the local press since opening 2 years ago so thought we’d better try it! It’s a very busy pub and a table should always be booked. Previously called the Bevois Castle, the Rockstone is tucked between Onslow Road and Rockstone Rd. Their website calls it “a country pub in the centre of town”! No car park, so street parking or a small public car park towards Portswood.

It has several awards – Best Cask Ale Pub in the South East and Britain’s Best Community Pub. Lots of beers and ciders to choose from and a variety of gins and scotches.

So from a variety of steaks, burgers, and the specials board we chose a Ham Hockalypse Now at £13.50 and I decided on a rump steak from the Natural Born Grillers Menu at £13.50. The steak came topped with garlic and butter, garnish of salad, fries, and fried onion rings. I asked for medium rare and got medium but it was OK. The ham hock was large and very salty and took a long time to eat! The food is freshly cooked so don’t expect speedy service, we waited about 45 mins. However, it was very busy being a Sunday lunchtime!

We both decided we wished we’d gone for the burger, as this seemed to be the most popular food coming out of the kitchen! The Rockstone Classic burger is £12.50 and served with grilled bacon, topped with American burger cheese, fries and garnish. The burgers range from £10.50 – £14.50. Quarter pound veggie burger is £12.50 with slices of grilled aubergine, courgette, pepper and cheese. (They don’t do a Sunday Roast.)

I guess Max the owner is the wit behind the menu; you must read it on their website, just love the names of some of the food on offer!

All desserts are £4.50 and they also serve Purbeck Ice Cream, various flavours and sizes. We shared a one scoop honey and ginger at £1.95. Local Dorset honey and sticky stem ginger made it a yummy mix. Coffee came in big mugs and was OK if you like it weak! We accompanied our food with a bottle of house red, an Italian Merlot at £10 so good value.

Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Check out their web-site for the Live Music Nights, specials, etc. Quiz night is Mondays. Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: The Rockstone, scoring

££££ award.bronze LWL Bronze Award awarded February 2014

Cost ££££

3/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance & décor (4 Ambiance, 3 décor!)

3/5 Value for money

17/25 Total yummy factor.  Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!