the blue keys hotel

82 Northlands Road

Southampton SO15 2LH

tel: 023 80224517

Vegetarian:Yes, Parking:Adjacent

Smoking:in bar, Wheelchairs:best to enquire

Visited June 2006

The Blue Keys, formerly the Gateway and then the Golden Lion, has been transformed into a homely piano bar, restaurant and hotel. Malc, of Southampton Band Rufus Stone fame, and his wife Heather Eyers aim to offer a relaxing atmosphere, featuring quality music, fine dining and, by the end of the summer, luxury accommodation of 10 en suite bedrooms. Visit their website for more pictures and details.
We were 8 for lunch in the restaurant, but snacks are available in the bar or outside on the terrace, between 12 - 2. Our lunchtime menu, from a chalkboard, offered a good choice and is changed daily.
Our starter choices were smoked salmon with homemade horseradish sauce, a confite of duck with dressing and salad and bacon hock pate with homemade pickle. All very enjoyable and well presented. To follow nearly all us decided on pan fried chicken on a bed of roasted vegetables and pesto sauce, it was excellent. Two had beer and ale pie with mash which was only O.K. but mine host agreed the dish was not up to their usual standard and adjusted the bill accordingly.
The homemade puds were fab. Summer pudding with cream, coffee brulee with 2 chocolates and strawberries, and lastly some pineapple creation with ice cream. We all had coffee and copious amounts of wine. Service charge is usually added to parties of over 6, but Malc did not charge as he served us and thought he needed more training! Great place and would recommend a visit particularly if you like live music of mainly jazz, blues and soul played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. My advice, book an evening table in the restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere.


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