The Hobbit is also the name of a pub in
Southampton, England. Pleasingly, it is a pub that a hobbit would
First impressions are that of a country pub, with bare brick
interiors, rustic ornaments and wooden beams. Comfy armchairs and a
fireplace add to the illusion. Tolkien-inspired art adorns the walls
inside and out.
At the bar there is the usual choice of drinks and snacks plus a
regular rotation of real ales and some theme
cocktails. Happy hour is 5-7 pm, though the price
difference is marginal. The early evening patrons are mostly locals;
students will crowd in later.
Out back, there is a surprisingly large beer garden. Downstairs,
there is a stage area and another bar which opens on busy band nights.
The Hobbit is a common venue for local musical acts and even hosts mini
"festivals" now and then. You can find out what's on
by checking their regularly updated page at http://thehobbitpub.co.uk
The location, on Bevois valley road, is a little inconvenient
unless you live in the student colony of Portswood. Expect a 20-30
minute trek from the city centre, or catch a bus. Avoid
walking through this area alone.