From floating restaurants and marina-side bars to centrally located luxury boutique hotels, Sunseeker Southampton reveal their top picks of where to Eat, Drink & Sleep in Hampshire this week. Read on to discover more…
EAT: The Ferry Restaurant, The Elephant Boatyard, Lands End Road, Old Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 8DN
Perhaps one of the most unique dining venues to feature in our Eat, Drink, Sleep collections, The Ferry Restaurant in Old Bursledon was once the Woolston Floating Bridge.
Historically used to cross the River Itchen between Woolston and Southampton, the Woolston Ferry has latterly been transformed into a characterful floating restaurant at its permanent home at The Elephant Boatyard.
Taking advantage of its quirky nature, The Ferry Restaurant utilises its exterior space, with outside seating allowing guests to take full advantage of the beautiful views and peaceful surroundings on a lovely Hampshire summer’s evening. Should you prefer a table inside, the interiors have been simply converted with a charming nautical feel.
Together with owner Deborah Ford and her team, French trained Head Chef Anthony Guichard crafts his dishes using local and seasonal produce. From lunchtime Mezze sharing platters, sandwiches and freshly prepared Calamari provençale to A la Carte Roquefort cheese soufflé and pork tenderloin, classic French dishes are complemented by beautiful fresh ingredients.
Don’t miss out on this unusual dining venue this summer – visit http://www.ferryrestaurant.co.uk for more information.
DRINK: Bistro8, Universal Marina, Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 7ZN
Located in Universal Marina, Bistro 8 is a fun and inviting bar and restaurant just next to the water’s edge.
Offering stunning gardens overlooking the marina, guests are welcomed to the bar and restaurant to enjoy a large array of wines and an extensive artisan gin list.
With a sophisticated yet relaxed vibe, Bistro 8 is must-visit for a drink over the summer season. What is more, moorings available for those visiting boat owners looking for quick refreshment whilst navigating the Hamble!
As well as enjoying your aperitif, the luxury bistro also serves fresh and local food daily, with breakfast available at weekends.
For more information please visit http://www.bistro8.co.uk
SLEEP: Ennio’s Boutique Hotel, Town Quay Road, Southampton SO14 2AR
Situated on Southampton’s waterfront, Ennio’s Boutique Hotel occupies the former Geddes Warehouse which once formed part of the City’s Dock Walls.
Today, its prestigious and historic location is home to ten superbly appointed ensuite hotel rooms, providing not just a taste of luxury but a unique boutique hotel experience.
Combining city chic with a traditional opulent feel, every moment of your stay has been carefully considered by the team at Ennio’s to ensure your comfort.
Each room boasts a unique interior and features the original structural columns that are sympathetic to the building’s warehouse heritage, whilst providing the luxurious and individual touches synonymous with boutique accommodation.
For reservations and more information, please visit http://www.ennios-boutique-hotel.co.uk
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