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Aspire Restaurant

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St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1AR, England
+44 23 8057 7377
Wed 18:00 - 19:00
Thu - Fri 12:00 - 13:15
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We booked Aspire based on the positive reviews on Trip Advisor and we have to say, even then it still managed to surpass our expectations. The standard of cooking is incredible. And the experience really does match that of a fine dining restaurant. The tables are beautifully dressed in white linens. They cut freshly baked bread for you table side... More 

Thank Drink_Eat_Do
Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

First time going to Aspire and found the whole experience excellent. This was a birthday lunch and we decided to try somewhere different, definately glad we did!! Service and food excellent. Menu choice good, 3 items for each course which was enough, especially when I liked the sound of all 3 mains! Food really tasty, presentation superb. Not disappointed at... More 

Thank j d
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A group of 20 OAPs, we have an annual meal at Aspire. The food is top class, and if you don't mind a few fumbles the student staff do a very creditable service. As usual, there was chaos when it came to paying the bills!

Thank jepawson
Southampton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Loved being served by students doing their best to learn the trade. They were trying their hardest and keen to learn. The food was very nice and extremely reasonably priced.

Thank ninaskelly
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 17 May 2016

To start with the food was fantastic. Full of flavour. The restaurant had a lovely ambiance. So clean you could eat off the floor. Nice relaxing mood music. The service from Karleight our waitress was exemplary. The food was worth twice what i paid for it. Bearing in mind this restaurant is run by students it was the best i... More 

Thank alanbooth66
Gosport, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 8 May 2016

First time we have been here a nd we found it a wonderful experience. We thought the students did a really good job. We will definitely go again

Thank charleshbmorgan
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2016

Just returned from the college following an excellent lunch with several friends. There were no complaints from any of us . Not a large menu (three choices for each course) but sufficient for all of us to happily choose something to our liking. I found the Summer pudding quite sublime and sent my compliments to the chef. This is a... More 

Thank Ken F
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2016

This is a superb restaurant for the training of young professionals in a vibrant industry. The cookery skills displayed were of a very high standard and our table of four had a really great outlook. The four courses were designed and complemented each other well, In particular the vegetarian choice was amazing looked fabulous and showed of all the training... More 

1 Thank StephanBarry
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2016

Friends had suggested that we try Aspire and joined us on Thursday for lunch. The service was quite friendly, though professional, and the food was fantastic. We had the three course choice and I am glad that I saved room for the pudding. The Chocolate tarte was divine. The pastry was easy to cut with a fork and the filling... More 

1 Thank 104Troystreet
1 review
Reviewed 19 January 2016

excellent service and food from a top rate establishment. a very nice atmosphere and good place to chill out away from the stresses of the day.

Thank dave p

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$21
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 13:15
12:00 - 13:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1AR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8057 7377
Aspire Restaurant, located in the hub, the stunning new stylish and contemporary £34 million development at City College Southampton could be the perfect place to dine if you are looking for affordable style and luxury............ Who knows, you could be sampling some culinary delights from the next Michelin Star Chef!
Run by City College Southampton's Hospitality and Catering students, where the renowned Paul Ainsworth originally trained before going on to cook for Gary Rhodes and Gordon Ramsey, only the best local ingredients are used to prepare a range of exciting and modern menus to provide guests with an outstanding dining experience.

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