Just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, Cove restaurant and bar enjoys relaxation-inducing views of the River Itchen feeding into Southampton Water and the Solent. Guests can sit inside or out, and Cove’s suntrap patio is an idyllic spot to while away a glorious summer afternoon, quaffing good wine, sharing delicious nibbles, or tucking into three courses of outstanding fare. Inside, guests are instantly greeted by the restaurant’s cool, contemporary interior and distinct nautical-themed decor. Little touches like model boats, antique oil lamps, shipping logs, and wall-mounted oars all help to convey a sense of calm.
Taking advantage of their waterside location, menus at Cove showcase a wide range of fish, with dishes making expert use of readily available local catches. Guests might take seafood linguine prepared with fresh mixed fish, clams, mussels, squid and chilli; or fish pie topped with Cheddar cheese mash and served with garden peas and freshly baked crusty bread. There is also a fine variety of classic British fare sourced from the land, with dishes such as pan-seared calf’s liver with mash, Savoy cabbage and crispy bacon and chargrilled chilli and lime poussin with kohlrabi slaw and sweet potato fries on offer. Daily changing vegetarian options, spanning risotto, salads and pasta dishes, ensure that all appetites are catered for, and not just with a typical offering.
Lunch is always a relaxed and social affair at Cove, the offering largely comprising reasonably priced tapas-style small plates that are perfect for sharing. Think deep-fried calamari with sorrel mayo, king prawns in garlic butter, and meatballs in red pepper and tomato sauce. There is always the option of a generously filled baguette if you’re looking for something quick and simple.
Cove’s bar is stocked with a wide-ranging selection of wine, beer and spirits, so guests can easily order their tipple of choice. Staff are eminently friendly and attentive, leaving guests feeling looked after and completely at ease. The team welcomes groups of all sizes, and those making bookings for large parties can rest assured that their occasion is in good hands.