A night out at Southpaw bar can almost feel like a night in – the atmosphere is charming and relaxed and there are many cosy nooks to reside in. The eclectic music is relatively loud, and sometimes live, which may divide patrons. However, the courtyard outside and seating around the front bar provides a buffer for those wishing for a retreat.
Southpaw serves simple yet delicious pub-style food. The majority of the menu includes medium-sized dishes, such as home-made sausage rolls with tomato relish, pan-fried calamari with chickpea salad and baked sweet potato with goat cheese, toasted almonds and leatherwood honey. These dishes are satisfying and very reasonably priced for the serving size. Those looking for a more decadent main course can choose dishes such as coq au vin with crisp baby peas and smoked Spanish pancetta, in addition to a rotating list of house specials.
The drinks list is equipped to handle a wide range of palates and offers a great variety of cocktails, wines, microbrewery beers and ciders. The cocktail list deserves special mention for its range of imaginative and tasty beverages. The 'Lavender French 75' cocktail is case in point – made with gin, fresh lemon juice, home-made lavender sugar syrup and champagne – it is a surprising and tantalising hit favourite.
Southpaw has the tendency to get very busy at night, and to play it safe, bookings are recommended for groups. Southpaw also awakens exclusively on Saturday and Sunday mornings. A separate brunch menu is on offer, as well as an array of desserts, both of which accompany their selection of loose leaf teas and coffee.