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5.5 /6 Wonderful 110 Reviews

The Rockstone

City Centre Bar £££ +100
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About The Rockstone

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road, SO14 0JL Southampton

Further Information

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.


110 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 110 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 08:43

The staff were so welcoming and friendly and the food was AMAZING! Love the big portion size! Highly recommend, Will definitely be going back. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 14:13

Great little pub with amazing burger menu and friendly helpful staff. They even managed to control a 15 man stag-do without it interfering with the other diners meals. Will go again.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 09:02

Amazing food, great atmosphere and they have bourbon, what more could you possibly want? The staff are friendly and patient, really enjoyed our visit x

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 08:37

Awesome setting, awesome burgers and awesome service. We are vegan and our burgers were just as big and impressive as the non vegan ones we saw others having. Absolutely incredible. Can't wait to take my other vegan friends back there :)

1 review so far 3
30.05.2017 01:38

Big fan of burgers and grills generally, went to The Rockstone for lunch with some friends. Friendly staff, nice environment, and an awesome selection of drinks. The menu was decent, and there are Vegetarian/Vegan options available also. Ordered 'the Classic' burger along with an additional portion of sweet potato fries. Firstly, it is worth noting that the burgers are 10oz. To many people under 50 in the UK this measurement is, for need of stressing the point to the entire industry outside of the USA, fucking useless. This was highlighted by the fact I saw a guy who was worried about the size of the burger an ordered a 'double' burger. To put this into perspective for those still unsure of the size of 10oz, that is MORE than a half pounder, (1oz is 28.3g, so 10oz is 283g), so hilarity ensued on the arrival of his 1.25lb burger. Once my burger arrived, with a fairly decent portion of fries and a side salad I was able to tuck in. You are given the option of having your burger cooked medium rare here, which is 'normally' a good sign of quality ground beef (would assume chuck/premium steak mix). The burger is served in a brioche bun which is nice, and has a decent selection of garnishes, though overall the flavour was pretty sub-standard. While beef can hold a strong peppering, it felt like that it was entirely relying on the seasoning to carry the flavour so much so that it was actually borderline 'spicy' hot from the amount of pepper it carried, behind the seasoning the meat itself tasted like cheap mince, no real bite to it and was a little too crumbly, which is a total thumbs down. My second glance over to the guy with the double burger I again noted that he ended up only eating half a single patty and it wasn't because he was not hungry. The fries weren't anything to shout about but were nicely seasoned, not the tastiest, not the worst. The sweet potato fries were mediocre however, crispy but rather bland. (Hint: for tasty sweet potato fries, season with paprika, cumin, and a light pinch of cinnamon + salt to taste) Overall it wasn't too bad as I did eat the whole lot and the meal itself is nicely presented, though there is no dodging the fact that aside from a nicely designed menu, there was nothing outstanding about the food at all which is disappointing considering the price. As someone who actively cooks, I can not recommend eating here, especially when a standard greaser (of which there are many within 1-5minutes walk) will likely sell a tastier burger meal at 1/3 the price. Certainly worth stopping in for a drink however.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 09:20

Amazing place, really friendly staff and the food is seriously amazing. Went on a Tuesday where they do any twork burger meals for £22 and yeah you leave feeling full. The portions are huge but I'm not complaining that's part of why it was so amazing. Food was soo soo yummy and had a cheeky glass of wine which was lovely. Loads to chose from and the combinations what you can have on your burgers is huge. It's a must to go to.

3 reviews so far 6
13.04.2017 09:05

The Rockstone is my favourite place to eat and drink in Southampton. Brilliant beer selection and amazing food, especially for vegetarians and vegans. The staff are great too and it's always worth looking out for their special events

1 review so far 6
09.02.2017 12:13

They had run out of the Roast Traumatic Stress Burgers when we got there, which was the reason for the visit, but that's the only complaint. The food we had was belt-bustingly delicious, the beer was of a great selection, the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable (especially Christopher) and the music caused more than one outbreak of air guitar. Fantastic place, will be going back.... hunting the thus-far illusive RTS Burger!

1 review so far 6
09.05.2017 21:29

Original table reserved was a little small for 6 but they moved us without fuss. Food - well up there with the best burgers I've ever eaten. Dessert was bit disappointing cheesecakes were nice but really heavy texture which is not what you need after eating half a cow. Something a bit lighter would have finished the meal off a treat. Over all - great pub.

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 23:45

Burgers are the main offerings and they come in big size! I was also impressed with the variety of choices available (some with exotic ingredients like mango) and vegan choices. However, the burgers are too big for my taste and the patty was a bit dry. In general, nice atmosphere, beer choices are great, as was the service. A nice place for a hearty meal and socialising, but the burgers are overrated, I'm afraid.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 13:42

The Rockstone has something for everyone (Vegans included). You will never leave hungry and the service is fantastic. The atmosphere is lovely, the staff are very welcoming.

1 review so far 3
27.02.2017 15:05

Delicious meal! Would thoroughly recommend the vegan burgers - went during the vegan fest. We were a bit let down as somehow our order didn't get through to the kitchen so we were waiting for an hour and no one noticed that we were still waiting. Only after I had ordered another drink whilst we waited for them to finally cook it, they offered us a couple of free drinks. Very unfortunate that this all happened as we came for my boyfriend's birthday. Overall, food was lovely but considering how much we paid for food, I kind of expected a bit more compensation for the mess up :/

1 review so far 5
09.03.2017 09:25

we had a fantastic meal, the food was wonderful and the staff were friendly. would have been a 6 but i think the staff undersold the quality of the food, they need to shout from the rooftops about the quality of their ingredients, give more information about the specials and up sell the puddings. this place has amazing food well worth a visit.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 22:09

Great food, service and value. We chose the vegan specials and they were delicious. Best I've had probably. The Rockstone always delivers! Look forward to returning.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 17:07

Super helpful website for making reservations. Made a reservation at The Rockstone for 5 with minimal effort and accommodated us when we were late! Fantastic :)

1 review so far 4
12.02.2017 20:35

I think the vegetarian option was a little tasteless. Jxr The combination of a vegetable burger and a pretty bland stuffing g patty was a little uninspiring g. I think that the overall combination of Yorkshire pudding and these two parties Needed something to lift it up a bit more. This meal did not compare very well with the previous vegetarian burger with the inclusion of gerkin and salad or the very tasty cheddar that was included.

1 review so far 5
07.04.2017 20:07

Mahoosive burgers & lots of chips. Make sure you go hungry! I had Guac to the Future a vegan option, nice side salad & fries. My husband had a the Ranch, a fully stacked burger with onion rings. Both for us really enjoyed our food & will go back again. Great finding a place that suits a vegan & omni

1 review so far 4
19.02.2017 17:19

Went for the Sunday roast burger. The burger itself was good but the meal was let down by poor roast potatoes. The image and advertising showed Krispy rosemary roasted potatoes but they were more like the frozen bought in variety. I wish I had ordered a different burger, then I would have got fries. The service was better than we have experienced previously and as usual the drinks selection was really good.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 11:04

We went for vegan week and it was fantastic! So nice to see somewhere like this doing a vegan week (all vegan specials and desserts!) The jackfruit fish was INSANE! One of the best vegan dishes we've ever tried. If only it was vegan week every week!!!

1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 09:33

Amazing food and beer!! Super accommodating for vegetarians, vegans and Coeliacs - loads of options and the staff are happy to go through ingredients :) I'm constantly telling people to visit and I'd go more if I didn't live in Bournemouth - worth the trip!

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 10:06

Excellent food (particularly the giant burgers!) good choice of beers and spirits, with friendly staff who seem to know a lot about what they're selling. Definitely recommended. Quieter than I've seen it but that's to be expected on a Tuesday night in January!

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 22:00

This was not our first trip to the Rockstone, and I'm certain it won't be our last! Good ales, and the food was as good as it ever is - gone home feeling full and happy, thank you Team Rockstone! :-)

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 19:41

Mouth-watering food, super friendly staff who give great service, fantastic atmosphere, this pub/restaurant is amazing! I definitely recommend it whether you want to sit in the sun with a pint or have a sit down meal, this is the place!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 20:17

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere - I will definitely be going back! The portions were huge, as was the choice of beer, and despite being a meat-eater I went for a vegan burger and did not regret it at all.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 22:28

Great staff and brilliant food! We went whilst it was 'vegan week'. A lot of the food was sold out, however there was still plenty of vegan options available so it's suitable for all dietary types!

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 20:47

Lively atmosphere and very friendly service from the staff for my family and I!The food was awesome and there's definitely an extensive selection of beverages..especially if you love a pint!Will definitely be looking at bringing my friends to enjoy another experience there.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2017 20:40

Chose to eat here as they offer vegan options and was definitely not disappointed. The food was out of this world and the staff were friendly and attentive. Would 100% recommend dining at the rockstone.

1 review so far 6
02.06.2017 21:09

The food was really nice and the burgers definitely make you full. The service was really good as well as the prices being fair priced and worth the trip. Can't wait to come back.

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 22:19

Fabulous food, great ambience and a huge selection of interesting drinks (even when it isn't a beer/gin/rum/whisky festival). The burgers are superb and there are other options if you're veggie, vegan or gluten free.

1 review so far 5
14.04.2017 08:35

Great food and value for money, if you're looking for a large meal with a myriad of flavours, then this is the place for you!! There's a pay and display car park down the road as parking is very limited

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 15:37

The food was amazing. We had burgers and I had the crazy Heart attack hotel which was just the tastiest burger that I have ever had. Go there. You won't be disappointed! x

1 review so far 5
25.04.2017 21:52

Very easy to book, no problems at all with the reservation. The pub staff is really friendly and the food was served nice a quickly. The ambience at the bar was fantastic for a Tuesday, will definitely come back.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 20:47

Absolutely banging burger. So tasty and so juicy. I will definitely be returning to bury my face in another one. And the cheesecake was an experience I will never forget, mind blowing

1 review so far 6
25.05.2017 08:33

Great food, sat in the garden . Good vibe . Would defiantly go back. The burgers are awesome . Go with an empty stomach you will be full when you leave.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 11:32

As always. Epic food. Everyone enjoyed their food. Homemade with so much thought put into it. Lie that there are so many vegan options too. And the alcohol selected is brilliant.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 14:01

Excellent ad always. Great food and great drinks. I can't fault this place at all. I love the vegetarian options. Unlike other places the vegI option is not just an afterthought

3 reviews so far 6
04.02.2017 20:09

Great food, especially the unusually good vegan and vegetarian selection. The best range is probably the best in Southampton. Staff are always friendly too. The best pub in the city!

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 12:16

The food, beer and staff interactions makes this the best pub in Southampton, in my humble opinion. Always a favourite of ours; we always look forward to an evening here.

1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 10:46

Always a great place to go for a huge meal and great beer. We decided to visit with friends due to the amazing vegan selection - there is something for everyone. Super friendly and attentive staff.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 17:21

Excellent service and food the quality was good and so was the presentation. Table was reserved on time and the staff were very attentive and had great advice on beer.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 15:44

Great atmosphere, lovely staff and very good food! Bring a very empty stomach as the portions are very satisfying. Love the themed weeks, this week was vegan week, curry weeks and many more coming up.

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 07:58

The food was excellent and the staff had a great knowledge of all the gins. He restaurant was very busy and the staff were a bit flustered by it but still provided an excellent service

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 13:30

Always great value, great food, great beer and friendly staff. A Southampton landmark... I've been about 20 times,. (I'll be back again soon) and never disappoints. :) Thanks Rockstone.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 20:03

Great food, great drink, great atmosphere! Everyone's so friendly and the burgers are amazing! We recommend the Charlie and the Chorizo burger and the Dead Mangoes Chest burger! Awesome!!!!

1 review so far 2
09.05.2017 09:36

I went with 2 friends for lunch the first day of the beer festival. We all felt the bartender wasn't friendly nor helpful at all, the beer I had was good but the beef burger was very badly over cooked and for the price I paid (18.60 for the burger and a 1/3 pint beer) I feel it should have been way better. I don't think I will go back, Chalk Valley or 7 Bone are way better options for good burgers and nice and helpful staff!

1 review so far 6
03.02.2017 21:54

Service very good, quick and very friendly. Food lived up to reputation....yum This review site is very needy....25 words minimum; Cosy, real pub feel, am I done yet ?

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 08:53

Went last night as a family of 3 and had excellent food and perfect service. I highly recommend the salad and the black garlic burger. Perfection in a bun.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 16:26

Food was great, staff polite, got a little crowded while we were there, but just shows how popular the place is. The waffle burger was awesome as always!

1 review so far 6
23.03.2017 12:24

This is a gem. Full of wonderful staff and the best food I have had in years. The burgers are fresh and the flavours are sensational. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 08:15

Still amazing. Improbably large but very high quality, burgers and a fantastic, friendly staff. The bottled beer list is positively dangerous! I cannot recommend it highly enough.