The British country pub is an institution as beloved as any in the country, but – pretty much by definition – one has to travel a decent distance from the metropolis to find one worth the visit. Not so in Southampton. The Rockstone on Onslow Road has the traditional decor and laid-back atmosphere of a friendly rural pub, yet it is famed for its gourmet burgers, street food, beautiful desserts, and a remarkable selection of craft beer, cask ale and spirits. They’re just a short walk to the north of the city centre and well worth the effort of wandering up – just remember to book ahead to ensure that you can secure a table.
The Rockstone might have the air of a country pub in the heart of Southampton, but they offer so much more than just the standard fare. They might boast the real fireplace and the ever-changing ale selection – as well as the authentic, inimitable atmosphere – but they certainly don’t rest of their laurels. They bring so much more to Onslow Road, particularly through their menu, which goes well further than the expected pub grub fare and can confidently claim to be among the best bar food in Inner Avenue if not further beyond.
The speciality at The Rockstone is burgers and the diversity of toppings that can be allied to the standard patty and bread is astounding – though the meat and buns themselves aren’t to be sniffed at either. The Rockstone use 300 grams of chargrilled prime beef from local suppliers Uptons of Bassett and locally-baked, milk-glazed brioche as their foundation, and then top that with everything from Loosehanger stout and pepper cheese to Brewdog ale caramelised onions and double cooked hash browns. Book a table and make the trip to Onslow Road in Inner Avenue for one of the best burgers in Southampton at The Rockstone in Inner Avenue.
We went at lunchtime so there was loads of space. Staff were so friendly and the food (as always) was amazing. Would definitely recommend to everyone.
Absolutely love it here, it’s a bit more expensive but it’s worth the money, the portions are huge!
Amazing burgers, and huge choice, we had quite a number of different burgers on our table. Polite and attentive service. And a really good selection of beer and cider. 100 percent would go again.