The Countrywide Great Tour route: places to eat and stay in Southampton

PUBLISHED: 16:06 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:55 24 June 2015

Sunset over Southampton Shipyard (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Sunset over Southampton Shipyard (Getty Images/iStockphoto)


Hampshire welcomes The Countrywide Great Tour this summer so we took a closer look at Southampton where cyclists will begin to arrive on 13 August as part of stage 41

The routeThe route

The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July and takes place over 64 days visiting all sorts of coastal locations across the UK. After departing Ryde at 8.30am on 13 August, the tour arrives in Southampton the same afternoon.

Stage 41: Ryde to SouthamptonStage 41: Ryde to Southampton

If you’re taking part yourself or supporting a friend or family member in the tour, there’s plenty on offer in the city of Southampton. Here are a few places to enjoy a meal out and some hotel suggestions...



The Lounges - 1 Moresby Tower, Ocean Way, SO14 3LG

A new restaurant has just opened up in Southampton’s brand new Admirals Quay development within Ocean Village.


The Navigator - 286 Bridge Road, Lower Swanwick, SO31 7EB

The Navigator pub, restaurant, private dining rooms and hotel fully embrace the iconic ambience associated with the seafaring traditions of this lovely part of Hampshire.


Purbani - 2A High Street, SO30 2EA; 01489 783161

The Purbani situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Botley, Hampshire and is the flagship restaurant in the Purbani chain.


Mango - Portswood Road; 023 8067 8877

Cocktails and Thai curry is the thing at this informal, buzzy restaurant/bar.


Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro - 1 Commercial Road, SO15 1GF; 023 8063 4531

At the heart of Southampton’s cultural centre and the gateway to the city. Lounge bar is located on the first floor and is a casual dining environment. The ‘All Day Menu’ is served here on a walk in only basis; so casually walk in, sit down and then order at the bar. Find out more here.


La Margherita - 1 Town Quay, SO14 2AQ; 023 8033 3390

La Margherita Italian Restaurant & bar situated in Town Quay offers spectacular view’s of the Southampton’s waterfront.



Compass Point - The Quay, High Street, Hamble, SO31 4HA

Just down the road in Hamble, perched towards the bottom of the High Street, overlooking a sliver of the quayside, you’ll find Castleton House. This beautiful, period, holiday home is within stumbling distance of a plethora of pubs and restaurants. If you would prefer a bed & breakfast, look no further than its immediate neighbour, Compass Point.


Elizabeth House Hotel - 43-44 The Avenue, SO17 1XP

Located less than a mile from the City Centre, Elizabeth House Hotel is easy to find and has free parking for all guests as well as a reception lounge, breakfast restaurant and ‘Lizzie’s’ Bar and Bistro with a varied menu.


Meon Valley & Marriott Hotel and Country Club - Sandy Lane, Shedfield, SO32 2HQ

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Hampshire countryside, this hotel offers a great opportunity to unwind.

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