In the heart of the city centre, Stein Garten can be found on Southampton’s lively High Street. With tent-like ceilings and long beer-hall benches, the quirky bar and restaurant is the first of its kind to bring the taste of Bavaria to the South Coast.
Stein Garten’s bar stocks an unparalleled range of German beer, sold in half-pint, pint and two-pint stein measurements. The food offering, meanwhile, is suitably hearty and enticing, the perfect match for the hoppy beverages. Start off with beef goulash with rye bread, traditional potato pancakes with house mustard, or a portion of pfefferbeisser – peppery pork sausages served on sauerkraut.
For mains, you could take a Bavarian classic of bratwurst sausage served in a fresh bun with a crisp side salad. Alternatively, opt for pork in mushroom sauce with creamy mash and seasonal veg, or eintopf, a traditional German stew of pork, pfefferbeisser sausage and macaroni pasta in garlic, tomato and basil sauce, served in a rustic bread bowl.
With everything from live music every weekend and ladies’ Prosecco nights on Thursdays, to open mic and comedy gigs, it’s worth visiting Stein Garten’s website to see what’s going on. The restaurant is also the home of the yard-long Stein Dog challenge, for those feeling brave and with an appetite to match. Successful entrants have the chance to win a meal for two at the end of the month.