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LATEST REVIEWS

Poor disapointing and bland

Review of Taste Of China, Unit 5, 50 St. Mary Street

By David Newton on 27th May 2013

Uninspiring, watery.....bland Had to add SO much salt to find a flavour...AVOID Tasteless dish described as "hot" was so bland I left mine. Wish I had ordered s KFC instead for half the price... Read more »

Rude Staff

Review of The Clump Inn, Chilworth Road, Chilworth

By Diana Paull on 4th April 2013

Food is good but male staff were rude and appeared irritated when asked for drinks or advise Ambiance is good and prices reasonable. Certain staff spoilt an otherwise pleasant lunch... Read more »

Family friendly, gastro pub

Review of The Ship Inn, 41 Old Redbridge Road

By Eileen ede on 3rd April 2013

My favourite pub. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. Their beer battered brie is to die for. The landlady and her staff are friendly and helpfull. They make you feel valued. Nothing... Read more »

Amazing food rude staff

Review of The Ship Inn, 41 Old Redbridge Road

By Anonymous on 30th March 2013

Have been to the ship before and always enjoyed the food. Today was no exception but i found the staff extremely patronising and miserable which made the overall experience quite negative - it... Read more »

Love it!

Review of Shine Hairdressing, University Road

By Anonymous on 26th March 2013

After trying lots of different hairdressers, I love this one - had a T-section of highlights and love it. Would definately recommend their services... Read more »


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Southampton is a major city and port on the south coast of Hampshire with around 220,000 inhabitants, situated between Portsmouth and Bournemouth, near the Isle of Wight.

The port is traditionally the economic and cultural centre of the city. In fact Southampton was the starting port of the Titanic in her fateful voyage of 1912. Nowadays, Southampton is the most important European starting point for cruises, with more than 200 cruise ships per year. The city is also home to the Cunard Line ships, now owned by Carnival Corporation, including the second largest passenger liner of the world, the Queen Mary II.

Since the 1970s the flow of goods moved through the port has steadily increased retaining Southampton's status as one of the most important ports in the UK. The new container terminal is the secondary largest in England after Felixstowe.

Southampton is also strategically important for the Oil industry. Oil giants BP and Esso have two oil refineries in the sea. The BP refinery in Fawley is the largest of Great Britain.

Like many other English cities, Southampton was seriously damaged during the Second World War: the major part of the city was destroyed by the German bombardments of Luftwaffe. But luckily the medieval wall enclosing the city and its famous Bargate entrance in the north of the old city were saved. Bargate is now often used as symbol of Southampton.

Read more about Southampton in the About Southampton section.