Restaurant Review: Neighbourhood


Guildhall Square in Southampton’s city centre has been revamped in recent months and boasts a range of new restaurants and apartments. I headed over to check out one of its newly opened restaurants, Neighbourhood. 

My guest and I headed to the restaurant at about 7pm, at which time it was only half full and with few diners. As it was a Friday evening, we weren’t sure why it was so quiet. However, at around 7.30, the bar area was vibrant and buzzing and there were many more dining customers. This led me to wonder about customer perceptions of Neighbourhood; it seems that most  viewed it as a place to have a drink with friends. A wide variety of drinks are

Image Credit: Laura Cox
Image Credit: Laura Cox

available, including craft beers and an extensive cocktail menu. However, the food was also fantastic! In this review, I’ll show you why Neighbourhood should be fully appreciated as a restaurant in addition to its popularity as a venue for drinks.

The Food
If you can’t decide exactly what you fancy eating when you’re going out for dinner, Neighbourhood is a good choice as there are a wide range of options on offer. In addition to vegetarian options, the restaurant offers pork dishes, steak, burgers, and fish dishes.

For my starter, I chose the Barbecue Pork Hash, which was a delicious mix of pork, sweet potato and red onion. Be aware – this starter was very generous, (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!) but you might like to keep this in mind if, like me, you’re visiting for a three course meal.

For my main course, I chose the buttermilk chicken burger, and it’s fair to say that 7Bone has a rival in Neighbourhood! The chips were also delicious, with a sprinkling of paprika.

Lastly, for dessert, I selected the Mixed Berry Sundae, which was the perfect sweet treat with raspberries, ice cream and whipped cream.

The Atmosphere

Having been built recently as part of the Guildhall Square upgrade, Neighbourhood boasts a modern and spacious interior. With its high ceilings and metal fixtures, the building has an almost industrial feel. This is offset by the use of warm brass and bursts of brightly colours on tables and chairs.

The staff were very attentive and friendly, and no request was too much trouble. They were committed to ensuring that all guests were enjoying their evening.


Neighbourhood is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Southampton, with a wide range of delicious dishes to suit everyone’s tastes.

I had a fantastic evening at Neighbourhood and will certainly be heading back soon! The varied menu in combination with its relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff ensures that it’s a welcome addition to Southampton’s restaurant scene.

For more information about Neighbourhood, its menus and special offers, visit


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