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Banks Bar Bistro

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The Old Granary Bank Street | Bishops Waltham, Southampton SO32 1AE, England
+44 1489 896352
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
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Wed - Mon 12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is ok if you want to spend lots on a designer meal.Was a bit shocked that when the menu said "with veg" and all we got was 1 carrot,1 brocoli bush and a bean

Thank Sandra C
Shirrell Heath, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food - recommend the Fish Stew Starter. other dished were all excellent too. But...(and I've seen this on other reviews) I think the chairs are getting tired - think they might need a re-vamp - but... I'll be back.

Thank Martin M
Level Contributor
75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were given a Groupon voucher as a present and used it last night. The food was good we paid extra for the steak medallions which were cooked perfectly and the sauce was very good. My chips were a little under cooked but my husbands were fine. Good service, nice atmosphere and wine prices reasonable. Free parking after six in... More 

Thank molly280
Fareham, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't think of where to go, so we decided we needed somewhere different. In the end, we decided on Banks, telephoned and got a booking. A little like the TARDIS looks small from outside, but inside vary spacious. Attended to straight away, sat at the bar, then asked do we want absolute quiet or general hubbub. We opted for quietness... More 

Thank David H
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Delicious Saturday lunch at Banks. Food is always magnificent here, service is friendly,?efficient and unobtrusive. There is always something new and tasty to try. Today it was Black pudding, bacon and poached Egg salad for starters. The tried and trusted favourites such as the delicious cheese soufflé are always there. Today we sampled cod with beurre noisette and capers, and... More 

Thank Susie_PB
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

First time back here for a few years and not disappointed. Food was excellent and so too the service. A bit pricey if you wanted to grumble a bit but compared to the trawl into Southampton for something of similar quality then fair enough

Thank jerrytrish
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We both had starters, mussels with linguine and chicken pancake roll. Both fine, lacking in seasoning and no spoon for linguine. (Tried to catch the eye of a waitress, but food not overly hot.) Mains were sea bass and medallions of sirloin. Sea bass served with green beans and tomatoes with basil. Perfect, but also boulangere potatoes that over powered... More 

Thank julia q
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Had a Groupon Voucher for four people for dinner. Never knew this place existed, but its certainly on my map now! The food was superb, we all had four different starters, and the mains were unbelievable. The Belly Pork was so tender and the presentation was great. Puddings to follow, I had the spotted dick with vanilla custard. Yum!!! The... More 

Thank Broadoak21
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Busy friendly atmosphere, with many regulars ding there. Fine dining but apple portions could not eat a sweet .Must book especially near week end.

Thank Pam M
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic dinner here. Opted for the hot smoked salmon to start which was very enjoyable. However the highlight was the lamb which was excellent. Service was friendly and very efficient. Will certainly return.

Thank Barrington1978

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$26
British, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Old Granary Bank Street | Bishops Waltham, Southampton SO32 1AE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 1489 896352

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?