So, after a week off involving the Birmingham Beer Bash, I returned this week to “The Year WIthout Buying Beer”, and actually did quite well. This may have something to do with having to work for most of it, but ignoring that, lets call it a success.
Monday of this week was my big drinking day, in that I took myself to The Rockstone in Southampton to drink rum whilst doing various things on my netbook (mostly consisting of playing Civilisation 3 and Doom 2).
I spent a good few hours there, sat at the bar, ordering rum after rum, and watching as people passed through. Considering it was a Monday lunchtime, the amount of customers was very healthy, and credit should be due to Aimee for dealing with them all admirably.
Despite a mention in my Golden Pints nominations at the end of last year (I nominated it for best pub, and deservedly so). I don’t think I’ve ever given it the focus it deserves. As such, here is why you should visit The Rockstone…
The Rockstone is situated north of the city centre, on the corner of Bevois Valley Road and Rockstone Lane. It’s a bit of a walk from the station, but it’s worth it, and seeing as you’re there, you might as well walk the extra bit and visit Bitter Virtue as well.
The Rockstone was formally known as the Bevois Castle, which was bought by current owners Max and Aimee Greenwood in November 2010. A year later after refurbishment, a name change, and licencing issues, The Rockstone opened. In less than two years since, The Rockstone has become reknowned for it’s food, obtaining highly positive reviews on many respected websites, and in several national newspapers.
Whilst I generally go for steaks, I can’t help but feel envious of those ordering the burgers. I reguarly go to The Rockstone with a friend, and we have commented many times that we’re sure the burgers are getting bigger. As well as being reasonably sized, they are also reasonably priced, at £12.95 for most burgers on the menu.
Whilst I can’t speak for The Rockstone’s vegetarian offerings, I can say that, rather than being an afterthought, the team have put some real effort into them, and there’s a whole page of the menu that I’ve never read dedicated to vegetarian options.
For those wanting liquid refreshment, The Rockstone has 8 ale taps, a set of keg taps containing more standard lagers, and the best selection of spirits you’re going to find anywhere in Southampton, and probably Hampshire for that matter. The whisky, rum, gin and bourbon selections all have challenge cards, which you can complete to obtain a place on the board, and a t-shirt. (The challenges are being reset at the end of September though, so it may be worth waiting if you want to start).
The Rockstone has a beer festival coming up over the August bank holiday weekend. Coincidentally, this is also the weekend that The Platform Tavern are having their beer festival. (Also, it’s the weekend I’m working, but fortunately, I can visit The Platform’s on the Thursday, and The Rockstone’s on the Monday). On the basis of the last festival’s list, which included beers from Tiny Rebel, Sadler’s and Vibrant Forest, it should be worth a trip down. (1957)