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The Old Fat Cat, Southampton

This is now called The Scholars Arms

Greene King pub in the upper part of Southampton's city centre. As with most other pubs in this area (notable exception being Belgium & Blues), this is a bland utilitarian drinking barn. Family friendly, though not much to offer the children by way of entertainment. On weekends it appears to offer sports TV continuously on five screens. It does standard Greene King pub food - mostly meat and chips. And beer choice was limited to the three main GK brands - Speckled Hen, Abbot and IPA.

Very popular. We came in after the Southampton Marathon Fun Run. Tables were still dirty when we entered, but were quickly cleared away and cleaned.

It's a functional place of little character or interest.

17 May 2019 11:21

The Spitfire, Southampton

Owned by Mitchells & Butlers, who operate it under the Sizzling Pubs brand, this is a potentially decent pub that serves food all day (largely meat and chips, but some limited veggie options can be found) and a small selection of common cask beers plus an occasional quest. Our family visit on a Saturday afternoon was unfortunate in that the sport tv was on and was very loud, and the card machine was broken so if we wanted to buy anything we needed to use cash. I was directed to go to the cash machine in the street. Given that the menu was not inviting, the beer selection was boring, and the tv noise was uncomfortable, I thought that being instructed to go outside was the right option. So we all went outside to Yates and ate there (though that turned out to be a less than pleasant experience in itself - so I'm still struggling to find a decent family pub in the city centre on a Saturday afternoon).

17 May 2019 11:04

The Alexandra, Southampton

I really liked this place. Great atmosphere, with movie memorabilia everywhere, family friendly, and cheap food. Only drawback is the unexciting range of beers. However, they do have three casks, and one of those is Landlord, so it's not a complete beer disaster. Pub meals for around £6. Children's meals. Stage in the front corner for live bands. Great music even when there isn't band. Wacky old Eighties computer games in the back room. Hundreds of Star Wars figures, especially behind the bar (count them all!). Beer garden at the back, which is a back yard for smokers than a proper garden - but it's there. Bags of character. Pub sprawls around a central horseshoe bar. Odd shaped wooden tables. Very relaxed. Good vibe.

17 May 2019 10:59

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