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The Rockstone, Bevois Valley, Southampton

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63 Onslow Road
SO14 0JL
Phone: 02380637256
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Moby Duck left this review about The Rockstone

A large square building wedged between two roads. A long U shaped interior with nine pumps on the bar facing you as you enter through the front door, I was more than a little disapointed to find five clips turned around on a Saturday afternoon, maybe an earlier match day crowd had drunk them dry?Beers on were XT8,Cottage Sticky Wicket,Flack Manor Double Drop and Tapstone Cascade which was a little tired in taste.This pub didnt really live up to my (admittedly high) expectations, I would though try it again.

On 14th August 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Rockstone

A striking symmetrical fronted exterior which has a pleasant front garden which would be nice in sunny weather even if it does face the road. Inside, there is an L-shaped carpeted room with the squint ended brick faced bar in the crook. A few bits of interest on the walls, metal advertisements from the USA, a glass case of revolvers, plastic green hops are wound along the bar top. Seating is of the reassuringly regular type with benches and banquettes.
Friendly at the bar, there are no less than nine handpumps, my visit had Langham Decenium plus also Black Swallow, Flack Manor TPA, Cottage Dragon Slayer, Urban Sessions Porter 28 plus also Urban Island, Vibrant Forest Flying Saucer plus a cider by JJs, The Lighter Side of Life. A decent range there and tasters were offered. As well as the regular measures of a pint or a half there is the option of two thirds, possibly a choice if trying a new beer or if driving. Food is served, heavy on burgers with a wide choice of styles but prices are top end.
I liked this pub a lot and with The Guide Dog nearby there is a good double up.

On 20th April 2016 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Rockstone

A traditional, eye-catching pub close to the town centre with a pleasant and well kept front garden which is popular on sunny days.
I'd guess that the building is Georgian by the proportions but some of the details and decorations are Victorian. It's certainly a welcoming exterior. We sat in the garden as it was a nice day so I didn't catch much detail on the interior. It's been recently refurbished and is well done out using plenty of wood with blackboards detailing the various offerings around the walls. It felt very comfortable and I'd happily return for a few inside on a rainy day.
The bar is in front of you as you head through the front door. The welcome was warm with good advice dispensed on the beer selection and the fellow tending the garden brought us some water for the dogs unasked. A very nice touch and the staff seem happy to be here and proud of the place.
I spotted the line of handpumps while walking past and couldn't resist. Beer on was: Flack Manor TPA, Wells DNA, Hammerpot Brighton Belle, Cottage Harrier, Irving Iron Duke IPA, Sunny Republic NZ Pale and XT5. There was also a cider and one pump unused. That's a very good selection of largely local beers and there isn't any reticence about venturing up the strength scale. This may be a deliberate, and sensible, policy as The Guide Dog round the corner tends to stick to beers below 5%, their regular ESB aside. Everything that we tried was in good shape and I'd happily have spent the afternoon here testing the range.
Food is served and the emphasis seems to be on burgers which a few were trying it being lunchtime. Like Quinno, I was recommended their burgers in other places so they clearly have a decent reputation locally although we didn't eat.
An excellent town pub and, along with The Guide Dog, my favourite in Southampton.

On 8th June 2015 - rating: 9
[User has posted 670 recommendations about 669 pubs]

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