Platform Tavern, Town Quay, Southampton

Platform Tavern

Platform Tavern

First published in Pub Reviews Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

THIS is certainly not a pub you can easily compare to any others in Southampton.

Town Quay’s Platform Tavern, situated just a short walk from Mayflower Park, offers something distinctly different to most city centre watering holes.

The main reason for that is pub owner Stewart Cross, who has put his heart and soul into the place – in more ways than one.

The décor is based on his own personal collection of masks, which have been accumulated from holidays around the world.

He now says he is sure to “buy the pub a present” every time he leaves the country.

The walls are colourful and the lighting is dim, instantly creating a warm and welcoming feel as you enter the door – something mirrored by the friendly and chatty staff.

Since taking over the helm in 1997, Stewart has also launched a restaurant, which specialises in fresh fish dishes.

And for his next trick, he is converting the downstairs kitchen into an on-site micro brewery, which is set to open in mid-December, becoming the first of its kind in the city.

“We will be the only pub in Southampton making our own beer,” Stewart said.

“It’s a bit different, a bit quirky having something like this on the premises, but it’s a case of having to keep finding different ways to stay ahead of the competition.

The Platform Tavern is already renowned as a high quality music venue, with bands jetting in from as far afield as America and Australia to play here.

And it even combines its love for music with traditional pub grub in the Sunday Soul Roast, with two-course roast dinners served between noon and 8pm, with live music between 1.30- 4.30pm – all for just £10.95.

Add the micro brewery to the mix next month, and this pub will just about have it all.

Platform Tavern
Town Quay
Southampton
SO14 2ET
platformtavern.com

Tel: 023 8033 7232.

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7:08am Tue 27 Mar 12

bigfella777 says...

As long as you enjoy standing up while eating and enjoy all the non local people staring at you its great.
As long as you enjoy standing up while eating and enjoy all the non local people staring at you its great. bigfella777
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3:06pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Jimbo2012 says...

Did this pub once have a round pool table?

Or am I thinking of somewhere else. I'm sure Southampton used to have a pub with an unusual pool table.
Did this pub once have a round pool table? Or am I thinking of somewhere else. I'm sure Southampton used to have a pub with an unusual pool table. Jimbo2012
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9:57pm Thu 5 Apr 12

mack chinnon says...

The food is the bo!!ox.
The food is the bo!!ox. mack chinnon
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8:04am Tue 15 May 12

dango says...

bigfella777 wrote:
As long as you enjoy standing up while eating and enjoy all the non local people staring at you its great.
depends what time you go, when did you last go there eh?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: As long as you enjoy standing up while eating and enjoy all the non local people staring at you its great.[/p][/quote]depends what time you go, when did you last go there eh? dango
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9:41am Tue 22 May 12

thebigtruthdog says...

Nice pub, lovely staff. Nuff said really.
Nice pub, lovely staff. Nuff said really. thebigtruthdog
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4:34pm Sat 9 Jun 12

John P. Eaton says...

In the Titanic crew list the Platform Tavern is given as the Southampton address for 1st class saloon steward James McGrady, who has the distinction of being the last "numbered" body (No. 330) recovered at sea by the ss Algerineon 16 May 1912. Mr. McGrady was buried 12 June 1912 at the Fairview Cemetery, Halifax.
In the Titanic crew list the Platform Tavern is given as the Southampton address for 1st class saloon steward James McGrady, who has the distinction of being the last "numbered" body (No. 330) recovered at sea by the ss Algerineon 16 May 1912. Mr. McGrady was buried 12 June 1912 at the Fairview Cemetery, Halifax. John P. Eaton
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4:41pm Sat 9 Jun 12

John P. Eaton says...

In the Titanic crew list the Platform Tavern is given as the Southampton address for 1st class saloon steward James McGrady, who has the distinction of being the last "numbered" body (No. 330) recovered at sea by the ss Algerine on 16 May 1912. Mr. McGrady was buried 12 June 1912 at the Fairview Cemetery, Halifax.
In the Titanic crew list the Platform Tavern is given as the Southampton address for 1st class saloon steward James McGrady, who has the distinction of being the last "numbered" body (No. 330) recovered at sea by the ss Algerine on 16 May 1912. Mr. McGrady was buried 12 June 1912 at the Fairview Cemetery, Halifax. John P. Eaton
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10:12pm Sat 7 Jul 12

C.P says...

Food is rubbish.....grubby place too!
Food is rubbish.....grubby place too! C.P
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1:55pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Carolinejhampton@aol.com says...

This is a fantastic pub. Yes you will stand sometimes because its so popular. But if you are worried about that you can book a table. Never seen anyone standing to eat!
This is a fantastic pub. Yes you will stand sometimes because its so popular. But if you are worried about that you can book a table. Never seen anyone standing to eat! Carolinejhampton@aol.com
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2:58pm Wed 29 Aug 12

flatoutchilled says...

Good idea . However the food when I went wasnt nice. Very lukewarm and chewy. Plus it didn't look a particularly clean venue. We had to stand as well to eat!
Good idea . However the food when I went wasnt nice. Very lukewarm and chewy. Plus it didn't look a particularly clean venue. We had to stand as well to eat! flatoutchilled
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5:19pm Sat 8 Sep 12

SomeoneLocal says...

Jimbo2012 wrote:
Did this pub once have a round pool table?

Or am I thinking of somewhere else. I'm sure Southampton used to have a pub with an unusual pool table.
The King & Queen in Hamble, used to have a Hexagonal pool table which was round on the outside, and rotated. But this went when the new landlady moved in 3 years ago. Perhaps is this one you're thinking of?!
[quote][p][bold]Jimbo2012[/bold] wrote: Did this pub once have a round pool table? Or am I thinking of somewhere else. I'm sure Southampton used to have a pub with an unusual pool table.[/p][/quote]The King & Queen in Hamble, used to have a Hexagonal pool table which was round on the outside, and rotated. But this went when the new landlady moved in 3 years ago. Perhaps is this one you're thinking of?! SomeoneLocal
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5:46pm Mon 1 Oct 12

kingnotail says...

bigfella777 says...
7:08am Tue 27 Mar 12
As long as you enjoy standing up while eating and enjoy all the non local people staring at you its great.

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Non-local people?! Typical Southampton attitude. It's like living in the League of Gentlemen sometimes..
bigfella777 says... 7:08am Tue 27 Mar 12 As long as you enjoy standing up while eating and enjoy all the non local people staring at you its great. - Non-local people?! Typical Southampton attitude. It's like living in the League of Gentlemen sometimes.. kingnotail
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7:05pm Mon 23 Sep 13

SFC-Matt says...

Awful decor. Short changed me by £5.
Awful decor. Short changed me by £5. SFC-Matt
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