After living opposite the empty retail units of Centenary Quay for just over a year, we were beyond excited when Southampton favourite Mettricks opened the doors to their new Woolston coffee shop a stones throw away from our front door! As the months went by, we also started to see their other new establishments Vospers (burgers and cocktails) and the working progress Supermarine (pizza, pasta and wine), both taking their names and drawing inspiration from local Sotonian history.
Vospers has become my new favourite hangout and I'm often bringing friends here, as it's home to the best menu our side of the Itchen Bridge! Martin and I were chuffed to be invited over for an evening of cocktail making with the Soton Bloggers to find out more about the drinks on offer. It's also very handy that we were just a two minute drunken stumble away from home!
The burgers are just... well, just look at them. Martin has ordered a good few of these by now, this time he went for the HMS Tartare which comes with avocado and blue cheese. My usual is the HMS Latona, their beetroot and chickpea veggie burger. Inside scoop: it's off menu, however if you order the vegetarian burger they will offer you avocado and halloumi on top at no extra cost! As I've had that combo before, I opted for the smoked cheese topping this time which was goooooooood. After talking to Neil at the restaurant, he mentioned that they were planning on exploring more veggie options or a rotational burger option sometime in the future.
After the burgers were demolished, Roger started the cocktail masterclass. We took it in turns to join him on the end of the table where we made 3x rather tasty and rather strong cocktails! The first was gin based, then rum, then we finished off the evening with a tequila margarita. These were proper cocktails and the spirits were really interesting - the tequila was slightly smoked which was pretty cool.
Watch this space for updates on the Vospers cocktail masterclass, they're planning to offer these soon. They're really fun and laid back and Roger was excellent at demonstrating and helping us make them. The cosy decor is perfect for a loungey dinner and drinks with friends. I reckon this will be a popular spot at winter time too as it feels quite snug. I know I'm gonna be chilling here with a Rum Swizzle in hand in the near future!
Thanks again to Vospers and the always lovely Soton Bloggers. You can follow Vospers on their socials: