Nestled round the corner from Bedford Place on the newly pedestrianised Carlton Place you’ll find Cheshire Cat Clothing – a brand new bohemian / festival-esque clothing store, bringing colourful clothing to Southampton and adding to an increasingly alternative feel in the area.
In the back you’ll also find WitchLox’s studio, who specialise in dreadlocks, alternative hairdressing, extensions, dread beads, wigs, as well as maintenance of the above.
As you can see from the photo, the store is gorgeously laid out and well worth a visit for the aesthetics alone. Owl themed items seem especially popular and don’t last long on the shelves. Prices are more affordable than I guessed given the quality on offer. Cheshire Cat Clothing assures us that items are ethically sourced and a portion of profits is returned to assist NGOs carrying out philanthropic work in the countries of origin.
Isle of Wight Festival New Blood Competition Quarter-finals | The Joiners <19:15> www.facebook.com/events/598126014580820 ft. Rob Clamp (singer songwriter, South coast), Toerags (Southampton), Mondays At Gecko (indie rock, Southampton), Laura Dia (soul, Bristol), Siobhán & The Sunset Haze (folk rock, South Coast)
Got a bit of a stormy week coming up, but that’s okay because there’s some excellent music, comedy and events happening around our city to keep us entertained. For this week’s cover photo, here’s a view over Southampton from last week – no matter what the weather throws at us this week brighter days are, quite literally, on their way! What are you most looking forward to? Enjoy, Southampton.
==== TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY ==== —- Live Music —- Artfulscribe X Playlist: Recitations (musicians and poets) | MAST (Mayflower Studios) <19:30> ft. Bellatrix, Héloïse Werner, Colin Alexander, Issa Farrah & Antosh Wojcik www.facebook.com/events/275159164574715
After careful consideration we decided to bring the listings back for the New Year because our venues are open, and need our support 💖. Please do what you can to be safe – get your booster and test regularly – and go out and support our lovely venues and great bands ^_^.
Whether you’re a long time vegan, going vegan for the month, or just wanting to try out the large range of vegan food on offer in January, Southampton has you covered. Local businesses have really pulled the stops out this year, so let’s all go out and support them, they need it after the year they’ve had!
Café Thrive should be the first call for anyone interested in vegan cooking, cakes and hot drinks in Southampton, and the offering is so strong that it should be on everyone’s radar. A 2-storey café overlooking the Central Parks, their Veganuary offerings include cronuts, an Italian tofu and roasted vegetable salad, a cherry bakewell hot chocolate, and this gorgeous ‘chicken’ burger. Their entire menu is always vegan, and their pumpkin spice latte is one of my favourite drinks in the city.
The Black Phoenix(Bedford Place) have a new and returning vegan special for every single week of January. The stars of the first week are the brand new Elvis (pictured) with peanut butter, caramelised bananas and bourbon infused cherry jam. This is paired with the returning ‘Monster’ burger with black garlic ‘mayo’, mushrooms and pickled onion crisps (yep). On Mondays you can also get 20% off all the new vegan dishes of the week. To top it off, their excellent vegan mozzarella sticks (rated by Chris as actually better than real mozzarella sticks) have returned for January.
For even more burger goodness, head to Lakaz Maman, home of Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo’s Mauritian restaurant. They’ve just announced their latest burger for Veganuary – the Meaty Jack – a mountain of spicy battered jackfruit in a brioche bun.
Just a couple of doors down you’ll find Piecaramba, home to 4 vegan pies on their standard menu, vegan mash and mushy peas, additional vegetarian pies, and a Veganuary special ‘Spudnik’ featuring leek, mushroom and potato in a white sauce. This is truly pie heaven, and possibly the best pie shop in the country. Jay Rayner (Masterchef, The Guardian) reckons so.
Stakks is a pancake house on the upper level of Marlands shopping centre. A pancake house might not be the most obvious choice for vegan food, but Stakks have your Veganuary covered with a separate fully vegan menu featuring 9 delicious savoury and sweet vegan pancake stakks. All can be made gluten free on request.
Popsi’s, a gorgeous Bedford Place pizza restaurant (currently takeaway / delivery only) have gone the extra mile for Veganuary, creating 3 new vegan “meats” – bacon (pictured on the pizza below), chicken and peperoni. They’ve also created vegan garlic butter bites.
The Nest Coffee House on London Road has an almost unbelievable range of vegan pastries and doughnuts, and indeed I had no idea they were vegan until I saw the ‘#vegan’ hashtag with one of their posts. Even once I knew, I was still blown away with how delicious and creamy the doughnuts were. January’s doughnut lineup includes raspberry & white chocolate, boujee biscoff, brownie, and their gorgeous cinnamon rolls. Some of their doughnuts are pictured below. See you there?
Rice Up Wholefoodsis Southampton’s vegan supermarket on Hanover buildings, with a great deli of pastries etc to take away (I believe they can warm them for you on request). Sadly, Rice Up has been hit hard by recent events and they need our support – visiting and buying things is definitely one way, they’re also running a Crowdfunder if you’d like to support but can’t get down there.
Even traditional restaurants such as Ennioshave gotten in on the Veganuary action, how nice does their vegan take on Crespelle (stuffed pancakes) look?
Baboo Ji in Portswood is offering 15% off all vegan dishes on collection. And yep, everything in the image below – from the masala dosa to the Bombay potatoes, is vegan.
The fully vegan Art House are following the Covid situation closely and hoping to reopen for community café events next week, but for now they open for takeaway coffee, soup, drinks, snacks, and their community pantry, 1100 – 1500 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A post about Veganuary wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Veg Out Community Vegan Café, which runs in the community space at the back of October Books (Portswood) every Monday with lunch served from 1215 and features live acoustic music. The café is run entirely by volunteers (indeed, they’re urgently looking for more to be able to continue opening!) and creates dishes from food donated by local businesses to avoid wastage. October Books are notable on their own merit for being a great independent book store and also stockists of a large range of vegan food products (many from Infinity Foods in Brighton), as well as cleaning products and cooking books.
Crossing over the river, Bitterne Park Stores re-opens on Tuesday 11th January and hosts a huge range of vegan alternative meats, cheeses, chocolates, beers and much more. You’ll also find that a surprising number of the pastries at Cottons Bakery next door are vegan.
For Sunday roasts there are always plenty of options – including Black Phoenix and The Alexandra. The photo below is of Belgium and Blues‘ offering, which does look mighty tasty (and I do like beer)…
Overdraft in Shirley have always got a tasty range of vegan options, tacos and nachos. They have announced a Veganuary special, tostadas filled with local purple sweet potatoes, homemade queso, chilli and avocado – sounds delicious.
The final shout out (at the moment, if I can’t resist adding others!) goes to Board in the City. Not a vegan eatery, but they have plenty of options for you to much on whilst playing board games, from a burger to pizza, pie, soya mince nachos, and truly fantastic chips.
Hope you have fun trying out the excellent culinary options Southampton has to offer, whether vegan or not. This isn’t a complete list of course, I’d love to hear your favourite local businesses and what they’re doing for Veganuary on our Facebook post.
A brand new Italian deli has opened in Bedford Place, offering a wide variety of Italian products including wine, biscuits, cakes, cheese, San Marzano tomatoes (widely accepted as the tomato to use in Italian cooking), a huge array of pastas, preserves, beer and spirits.
The staff are welcoming and happy to help you make an informed decision on which goodies to take home. It’s not as easy to travel to Italy in the current situation, but alongside some of our great Italian restaurants, Florio’s D’Italia is one of the best ways to transport yourself to the great flavours of the country whilst never leaving Southampton.
Inside the freezer you’ll find pistachio gelato, and even bread baked in Milan ready for you to take home and thaw. I can verify that the bread is delicious toasted.
Florio’s D’Italia, who also have a shop in Portsmouth, is open 6 days a week from 1000 – 1830.
As we enter the festive season there are some real treats in store for you Southampton. This week we can feast ourselves on the beautiful folk legends from Plymouth, Mad Dog Mcrea from the West of the South, and the intriguing art-folk sounds of Hannah Moule & The Moulettes from the East. Alestorm are here to drink our beer, Slade are determined to knock you out of the Noddy Game, and Up The Highstreet launch a daily Christmas cracker of local live lounge acts. Bridget Hart is returning home to launch her new book, a poetry queer retelling of Grease. There’s even a live version of A Question of Sport. Something for everyone and we love it.
From the Southampton city lights switch-on (and Christmas Market!) to great music from Undercover Hippy. Macka B, Wild Front, Katherine Jenkins and Paul Weller, there’s something for everyone this week. Feast your eyes on way more than 100 events, Southampton!
==== TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- Pavel Kolesnikov and Goldberg Variations | Turner Sims <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/575821426924673
Self Esteem | The Joiners <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/2994609167465776
Average White Band | Southampton Guildhall <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/3295236017201659
—- Shows —-
Though This Be Madness | MAST Mayflower Studios <13:30> www.facebook.com/events/467900704738987
—- Events —- Argentine Tango Beginners Course | Tracie’s Latin Club <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/411690627029676
The Regents X Music Quiz | Regents Park Southampton <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/302660585022165
Willow Star Workshop with Jaxarts Willow Sculpture and Craft Workshops | The Mercantile Flea <18:00> www.facebook.com/events/962043764391738
Southampton Common Health Walks | Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre <14:00> www.facebook.com/events/970216690503994/?event_time_id=970221787170151
Mario Party Superstars Tournament | The Angel <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/263111855829296
==== WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- Open Mic Night | Suburbia <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/4384130551663354/?event_time_id=4384130578330018
The Undercover Hippy | The 1865 <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/1822892674685151
Wonk Unit + The Mistakes | The Joiners <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/294485318665470
This week sees the return of Southampton Dub Club, the launch of Southampton Film Week. We’d like to congratulate City Of Southampton Orchestra on their 50th anniversary, the piece about Southampton they commissioned for the event sounds great. Huge names such as Biffy Clyro and Pete Tong and the Welsh National Opera sit alongside local legends such as These Septic Stars and Grant Sharkey this week. What are you looking forward to? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our Facebook post.
==== TUESDAY 02 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- La Serenissima (17th Centuary Venetian ensemble) Great Italian Concertos | Turner Sims <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/1689233827917109 – Their Honary Patron is the Italian Ambassador to the UK
Will Varley (folk, Brixton) | The Joiners <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/5960388630669403
Old Selves + Canavar + Helestios | Suburbia <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/355452885454987
November Jam, Part One | Gusto lounge <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/464851814906621
—- DJs and Club Nights —- Halloween Learning Difficulties Club Night | The Edge <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/297744165140165
—- Shows —- Welsh National Opera – Madam Butterfly / The Barber of Seville | Mayflower Theatre <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/485796932490202
==== WEDNESDAY 03 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- Biffy Clyro (rock, Glasgow) | Southampton Guildhall <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/575298883138860
White Flowers (dream pop, Preston) Heka + Superdrone | The Joiners <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/810633156554413
Open Mic | Suburbia www.facebook.com/events/4384130578330018
—- DJs and Club Nights —- Salt Sweat Riot (Rocktail Riot vs Salt Sweat Sugar) – Alt + Pop Night | The Shooting Star <22:00> www.facebook.com/events/471944354152187
—- Events —- November Book Club | The Art House <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/2226444707509520
Kickboxing & Fitness | Drummond Centre <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/4482943028479224
Wednesday Women – Monthly Conversations | Arches Studios <18:00> www.facebook.com/events/320147783249006
==== THURSDAY 04 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- Isobel Thatcher (blues, London) Live at Belgium & Blues | Belgium and Blues <20:30> www.facebook.com/events/600361624415962
TV Priest (punk, London) | Heartbreakers <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/2824225661158330
Open Mic with Fragile Lucy | The Rockstone <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/605273627177748
Higher Power (punk, Leeds) + Static Dress | The Joiners <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/426289722205267
Jazz Brew ft. Sundail | Mettricks Guildhall <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/570157264060751
The Henrys | The Arches Artist Studios, Captains Place <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/387733563002008
—- DJs and Club Nights —- Full Phat – Ego Trippin & T95 | Engine Rooms <22:00> www.facebook.com/events/1039875723480745
Bad Advice Hotline ‘Burn Everything Party’ | Suburbia <21:00> www.facebook.com/events/930401521163157
—- Shows —- Klub Kids: The Lawrence Chaney Show | Southampton <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/324863259106213
Itchen for a Laugh: Russell Kane and Friends | St Mary’s Stadium <18:00> www.facebook.com/events/454859922545661
==== FRIDAY 05 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- Manu Delago (handpan player and composer, Austria) | Turner Sims <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/2947572862237309
Vicki Delirious Presents an Evening of Comedy and Music | The Firehouse <20:30> ft. These Septic Stars (Experimental Alt Rock, Southampton), Rick Murtagh, Glenn Braley, Spydey www.facebook.com/events/802753803744977
Pylon Poets (alt rock, Torquay) + Jukebox Antics | The Hobbit <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/2044518985705265
Wren (singer with evolving electronic collective, South Coast) | The Brook <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/3009564136030149
Grant Sharkey (Double Bass / Comedy, Southampton) Album Launch | The Art House <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/907881356525929
—- Live Music (Covers) —- New Age (modern rock) | The Hinkler <21:00> www.facebook.com/events/923417441588850
Somethin’else (classic rock, Southampton) | The Dolphin, St Denys <20:30> www.facebook.com/events/920342965495302
—- DJs and Club Nights —- Joining Dots – DJ Sangmatron | Mettricks Guildhall <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/541534363588008
Kevin & Perry Go Large – Tribute Gig | Engine Rooms <19:00> www.facebook.com/events/368707771599751
Juiced – Disney Takeover | Switch <22:00> www.facebook.com/events/202516455300036
Karaoke with DJ Daz | Brass Monkey <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/1394399274290498
Karaoke Party Night | Pre-Bar <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/471735980820554
Beyond Blues with Justin P | Belgium and Blues <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/466563007948986
Pop Punk vs Punk Rock | Beards & Boards <17:00> www.facebook.com/events/270123101679546
—- Shows —- Solve Along a Murder She Wrote: The Corpse Flew First Class | The Stage Door <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/399531751673435
—- Events —- Southampton Film Week Launch ft. Film Week Shorts | MAST Mayflower Studios <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/342395107656817
Saints vs Aston Villa | St Mary’s Stadium <20:00> www.facebook.com/events/391573665652496
Southampton Careers Fair | St Mary’s Stadium <10:00> www.facebook.com/events/340369607541359
==== SATURDAY 06 NOVEMBER ==== —- Live Music —- City Of Southampton Orchestra 50th Anniversary: Premier of a piece comissioned by John Traill celebrating Southampton | Turner Sims <19:30> www.facebook.com/events/6338648686176184
Hound Dogs for Hire (blues, Bournemouth) | Belgium and Blues <21:30> www.facebook.com/events/945409426047866
What do Kasabian, Scouting for Girls, Public Service Broadcasting and Billy Brag all have in common? They’re all playing this week in Southampton! And that’s not even the half of it. There are multiple comedy nights, drag superstars, big-name club DJs, rock nights, huge events in Guildhall Square such as Oktoberfest, and Halloween specials galore.
Special shout outs this week go to DJ Hammy, who is returning after 18 months playing online, at the brand new Mercantile Flea in the huge old Sainsburys in Bitterne on Wednesday night, and to local metalcore band Our Hollow Our Home who are organising not one but two days of live bands in the 1865 this weekend (under the guise ‘Holloween’).
Holloween 2021 Day 1 | The 1865 <16:00> organised by Our Hollow Our Home (metalcore, Southampton) also ft. Invisions, Chuggaboomm, Ursus, Deference, Asleep At The Helm, Majin www.facebook.com/events/759620168052863
Holloween 2021 Day 2 | The 1865 <13:00> organised by Our Hollow Our Home ft. As December Falls, Thecityisours, Defences, Glass Heart, Dream Awake, Lastelle, Royals, Lightwave, Palmist www.facebook.com/events/2915445958723399