The Dolphin, St. Deny's, Southampton

The Dolphin

Lisa Douglas and Hannah Cook

First published in What's On

ONCE upon a time men drank ale.

They would while away afternoons in their local watering holes, putting away their favourite tipple out of heavy pint pots.

But in recent years it has become acceptable for guys to order cocktails and sip wine out of dainty glasses.

However, the Dolphin pub in St Denys is trying to turn back time with its beefy selection of traditional ales.

The brass taps that sit regimented on the solid wood bar disperse a variety of beers capable of putting hairs on your chest and inches on your gut.

Coloured like a peat bog, the smooth, heavy, surprisingly refreshing ales go down well with punters old and young alike.

The Dolphin attracts a variety of customers, from families with children to students and aged regulars.

The main bar area harks back to boozers of old, with dark wood floors, rickety furniture and dusty bric-a-brac hanging on the walls.

The pub has built a reputation as a live music venue, with bands taking to its small stage every Saturday night.

Outside in the colourful and well-kept garden an even larger stage is under construction as the pub looks to put on more gigs over the summer months.

The pub is also known for Timmy, the in-house magician with enough tricks up his sleeve to make David Blaine look like a bungling fool.

The Dolphin has only been open for a couple of weeks following a major renovation and refurbishment, but is already building a reputation in the community.

Combine that with plans to start serving homemade pub grub and the Dolphin looks like having a winning formula.

Plus with any luck it might also help men return to what they do best – enjoying a pint of hearty ale with their friends and family.

The Dolphin Pub,
30 Osborne Road South,
St. Deny's,
Southampton

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10:43am Sat 27 Aug 11

Clemmo says...

Shame the photographer couldn't find any real ale to picture them with and the reporter couldn't ask about what would be on offer... apart from the Carling Black Label!
Shame the photographer couldn't find any real ale to picture them with and the reporter couldn't ask about what would be on offer... apart from the Carling Black Label! Clemmo
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12:12pm Fri 30 Mar 12

bigfella777 says...

Once upon a time all the men went to work, instead of sitting around spending everyone else's taxes on beer all afternoon, what nonsense.
Once upon a time all the men went to work, instead of sitting around spending everyone else's taxes on beer all afternoon, what nonsense. bigfella777
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9:17pm Mon 21 May 12

chunky_lover says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Once upon a time all the men went to work, instead of sitting around spending everyone else's taxes on beer all afternoon, what nonsense.
I completely agree. I'm fed up with paying for alcoholic hospitals, people who can't be bothered to work and other wastes of space. Pubs are simply factories of depression.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Once upon a time all the men went to work, instead of sitting around spending everyone else's taxes on beer all afternoon, what nonsense.[/p][/quote]I completely agree. I'm fed up with paying for alcoholic hospitals, people who can't be bothered to work and other wastes of space. Pubs are simply factories of depression. chunky_lover
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11:41pm Fri 25 May 12

boobooj says...

chunky_lover wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Once upon a time all the men went to work, instead of sitting around spending everyone else's taxes on beer all afternoon, what nonsense.
I completely agree. I'm fed up with paying for alcoholic hospitals, people who can't be bothered to work and other wastes of space. Pubs are simply factories of depression.
Considering both your usernames you probably could lay off the sauce a bit yourselves.
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Once upon a time all the men went to work, instead of sitting around spending everyone else's taxes on beer all afternoon, what nonsense.[/p][/quote]I completely agree. I'm fed up with paying for alcoholic hospitals, people who can't be bothered to work and other wastes of space. Pubs are simply factories of depression.[/p][/quote]Considering both your usernames you probably could lay off the sauce a bit yourselves. boobooj
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