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White Star Tavern, Dining and Rooms

AA rating

About this rating

Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Confident modern dishes in a local hotspot

AA Inspector

At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Children welcome
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Bringing a touch of boutique style to Southampton, this place has a satisfying blend of period details and contemporary touches in the dining room, and an easy-going attitude. The kitchen produces some strident modern stuff such as starters of blow-torched smoked salmon with cucumber pickle and crumbed quail's egg, or seared scallops with cauliflower textures and black pudding. Among main courses, cod loin comes with a chestnut crust alongside artichoke purée and dauphinoise potatoes, and Wiltshire partridge with the leg meat in an accompanying raviolo, plus parsnip purée and sticky red cabbage. Finish with Bakewell tart with clotted cream ice cream and drunken cranberries.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Nick O'Hallaran, Matt Noonan

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 24
  • Wines over £30: 25
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Starter from : 6.50
  • Main course from: 13
  • Dessert from: 6
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Children welcome


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street or 2 car parks nearby

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10

Getting here

M3 junction 14 onto A33, towards Ocean Village

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Southampton Central
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