The Hobbit is also the name of a pub in Southampton, England. Pleasingly, it is a pub that a hobbit would approve of.

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

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.