10th June 2016 5.45pm
I used to frequent this establishment when it was the Reverie, so was intrigued to see what had become of the place in new hands. I found it completely transformed on the inside. It almost had a New York warehouse apartment type feel, with lots of exposed brickwork, but it still had a warm feel.
Southpour has a nice, varied but not overly extensive menu (which is a good thing). We ordered a couple of cocktails which were lovely and then I chose one of the specials as a starter – chicken liver pate, followed by a chicken, leek and n’duja sausage pie with fries. My friend went for scotch egg for her starter followed by the same pie as me.
The starters arrived promptly and were simply presented but that somehow made them look even more tasty. My pate was wrapped with what was either Parma ham or prosciutto around its edge, which I’d never seen before. This was served with a red onion chutney, a handful of mini oatcakes and a small side salad. The pate was incredibly smooth and worked very well with the chutney. The salad was dressed really well which was a nice surprise. A decent start to the meal. On the other side of the table the scotch egg was being enjoyed. She particularly noted that the n’duja sausage had an excellent level of flavour. The only downside was that whilst she really liked the accompanying side salad, the dressing clashed a little with the scotch egg.
We had both ordered the same main and we were a little startled at the size of the pie as it seemed somewhat gigantic on arrival. However, it was just a big puff pastry topping rather than a fully encased pie and a smaller amount of filling inside, so it was certainly more like the portion size we were expecting. The pie was excellent with beautiful flavours, moist chicken and a nice kick from the n’duja. The side of tender stem broccoli was beautifully seasoned. The fries weren’t fries but incredibly chunky chips, which was a little disappointing but they were nice enough.
Southpour offers a solid offering in pleasant surroundings.
Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Would I eat here again? Most likely
Cost £38 for two starters, mains and cocktails. We did have 25% voucher off food so true cost closer to £47