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Junction Inn, St Denys, Southampton

Priory Road
SO17 2JZ
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Greene King

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Pub SignMan left this review about Junction Inn

This fine street corner pub was built in 1864 and retains a good sense of a Victorian era interior, despite some alterations over the years. The corner location means that the pub has an L-shaped layout dominated by a servery which follows the same shape. A corner entrance, signed as the Bottle and Jug, leads you into the parquet floored bar area with the corner of the servery directly opposite. There are nice obscured windows along two sides with some retro-font letters picked out to spell 'Marstons Burton Beers' although the pub is now owned by Greene King. The bar retains some of the old partitioning that would have created a two bar layout back in the day, denoted by nice screens with decorative glass inserts and a doorway with a low beam across it. The bar has an attractive tongue and groove counter and nice bar back sporting plenty of decorative features including, most unusually, a tiled Victorian fireplace. Some bright potted plants bookended the bar counter and the bar back has been decorated with pump clips and some books whose pages have been cut to create decorative sculptures. Turning left on entering, you pass through a narrow space with high stools along the window ledge and a single table with low stools, before emerging beyond the bar into a raised carpeted dining area. standard tables and chairs have been set up here under pastel shaded walls with a nice old fireplace on the back wall and a collection of bottles, salvers and the like on some high shelves. From here you can access a deceptively large beer garden with a nice little hut offering some shelter from inclement weather. The right hand side of the pub sees a mix of standard tables and chairs and high tables and stools under grey walls that don't really compliment the look of the pub. Decor is kept to a minimum, but there was a TV showing muted Sky Sports News and a dartboard in the far corner. Music was playing in the background, but this was lost under the hubbub of a pre-match crowd made up of fans from both teams, with no sign of bother.
As a Greene King 'Local Hero' pub, the usual Greene King standards of IPA, Abbott and Morland Original were available alongside some guests in the shape of Yeovil Ruby, Hammerpot Red Hunter and Red Cat Prowler Pale. The latter set me back £3.60 and was a pretty good pint although perhaps just a little past its peak. The staff seemed well versed in dealing with crowds and I was served promptly by a cheery barmaid whilst other team members brought tasty looking dishes out from the kitchen.
This is an interesting pub with a lovely interior that I'm not sure I was able to do full justice towards on a very busy afternoon. It's certainly the most attractive example of a Victorian era pub I can think of in Southampton and a reasonably experimental ale range means there is a nice mix of the well known and the unfamiliar on the bar. Another good bet when you're in this part of town and well worth considering for a more civilised pre-match pint than you're likely to find in the city centre.

On 6th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Junction Inn

A nice looking building (apart from the Greene King branding), inside as previously described ,a large single curved room that was reasonably populated with locals on a Saturday afternoon although a lot of post football match attendees were bypassing the pub in favour of the nearby South Western Arms.Beers on were Greene King IPA,Abbot,Old Speckled Hen,Old Golden Hen, Hardy & Hansons Kimberly Bitter,Weltons Horsham Pale Ale and thankfully for me Red Cat Prowler Pale Ale which was in good shape. Its a nice enough pub but most of the beer didn't appeal and there is a much better option 150 yards up the road.

On 14th August 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about Junction Inn

A long curved single room with a carpeted raised area at one end which had tables set for dining. Beyond here is a pleasant looking garden with a bit of play equipment for kids. The remainder of the pub is boarded and has mixed seating, yellowish colour washed wainscoting and bar front. There is a working dartboard down this end and there are a number of trophies on display behind the bar. This is an attractive building, Grade II listed and retaining three original etched glass doors naming the saloon and public bars and the jug and bottle. The arched windows are especially attractive, some have circular inserts and etched banding to the lower panes. Some of the glazing indicates one time Marston's provenance. The carpeted end has a partially concealed bar billiards table.
The pub had a few in on my early afternoon visit including a group of four lads who were delighted when one of their number relieved the fruit machine of its £100 jackpot and promptly demanded he invest some of it in another round of pints and shots.
Although this is a Greene King house it is one of those where some beers can be bought free of tie. They had GK IPA, Abbot, GK Marmalade on Toast, Cottage Pacific plus also Duchess, Yeovil Ruby, Flack Manor Hedge Hop, Plain Ales Innspiration and a box of cider containing JJ's Special Reserve. Food looked like regular traditional pub fare, no fancy stuff with most mains at a decent £6.95.
A very good start to an afternoon in the Southampton area close to St Denys station.

On 19th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
St Denys, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Bitterne, 1.31 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Southampton Central, 1.75 miles, 33 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 24 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 September 2013 by David McNally
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