The Docks Coffee House
Named Hampshire Life’s coffee shop of the year for 2017, The Docks Coffee House is situated on Southampton’s bohemian Oxford Street, just a stone’s throw from the vibrant city centre and a short walk from the bustling marina. Run by a husband-and-wife team that has travelled the world extensively and is passionate about the food they serve, this eatery’s diverse and exciting menu is matched by its delightfully quirky decor. Local art and eccentric light fittings complement a wall-sized walking map of Southampton. In keeping with the city’s marine history, the result is an eclectic interior that the team confesses has evolved through the years rather than working to a predefined design brief.
In addition to possibly the best coffee in Southampton, The Docks Coffee House offers a breakfast and brunch menu that includes dishes like their big breakfast, homemade sausage rolls, divine homemade cakes and avocado that’s served on sublime locally sourced sourdough bread. Gluten-free options like the Lyburn cheese and tomato quiche are also available. Those in the mood for an alcoholic beverage can opt for a local Hampshire beer to drink alongside brunch. Reflecting the owners’ ethos, the menu is seasonal and sustainable and features organically sourced items.
The staff, who are passionate and knowledgeable about their coffee – produced by Winchester Coffee Roasters, instantly make visitors feel welcome. The café and its owners also actively participate in community events such as Women Who Do breakfast networking meetings, live music performances and talks, and Music in the City events, serving treats such as cream tea and Prosecco in the summertime.
Customers are encouraged to take a pew on the outside seating area and watch the world go by while enjoying a refreshing cup of organic Earl Grey or their classic milkshake. This is the perfect spot on a warm summer’s day, with regular footfall from the cruise ship tourists providing ample opportunity for people-watching. Follow The Docks Coffee House’s social media pages to stay up to date with the latest events and offers.