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Address: The Common, Southampton SO15 7NN, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8067 1921
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Learn about the wildlife and ecology of Southampton's open spaces at this...

Learn about the wildlife and ecology of Southampton's open spaces at this popular outdoor nature park.

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Visited after parkrun

Have visited here a few times with both my son and partner. It's a lovely little retreat where you can have a short walk around and see nature that's pretty much left alone to do... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 March 2015
Sarah M
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Visited this afternoon Quick and friendly service Just had teas and coffees this time Only sorry I didn't have room for the apple pie which was offered!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Great little nature place for coffee or an ice-cream and kids love it. Local wildlife from robins to pond divers - blackberries and waterlillies. Educational plaques give ideas to look out for. This is on the site of what used to be Southampton Zoo run by Chipperfields.

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Thank Jane C
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

Had a fantastic Christmas lunch at The Hawthorn Centre - very well-organised, welcomed at the door, taken to our wonderful party-decorated table with a nice outlook. The waiter's impeccable service was much appreciated. Pre-chosen 4-course menu of a very good quality and all enjoyed the food. I would definately recommend this Centre for food throughout the day, breakfast, lunch and... More 

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Thank Maria F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

I really like this place. It consists of a cafe, education room and wildlife area. The cafe is small and the staff are friendly. *They can only take payments in cash*. Food is good with a wide menu - usually go for the light bite lunch options. The education room is starting to show signs of wear, has a table... More 

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1 Thank Mike H
Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately the cafe doesn't take cards (which I understand as still many small businesses dont) but luckily we had some cash to buy hot drinks and teacakes. The staff were wonderful. Cleared our table quickly and brought drinks promptly. Really friendly and made a fuss of our children. Such a lovely waiter. Clean place, has a lovely little information centre... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

Have visited here a few times with both my son and partner. It's a lovely little retreat where you can have a short walk around and see nature that's pretty much left alone to do its thing! The pond is a lovely feature where you can sit by with a drink and chill out, watching the fish swim around. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

Rather pretty place in the Southampton Common with the activity zone for kids and small and cosy walled garden where you can see frogs and newtons, fish and of course birds. I don't think it may be interesting and informative for adults, but it is quite good for children. The problem is that you never know if the activity zone... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014

Stopped here with my family. Coffee was just about okay but food terrible. Ordered spaghetti bolognese which had virtually no meat in sauce. Garlic bread rock hard and Spaghetti cooked to mush. Chips also ordered tasted worse than oven chips. Wanted to give them a chance and asked for some actual bolognese and was told the meat was cooked in... More 

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Thank Carol T
Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

My friend and I stopped here the other day for a coffee. We were served by a delightful young lady who promptly bought us order. Ok we ordered simple things but I could not fault a single thing. We are definitely going to call in again, perhaps for breakfast. As for the centre itself it look interesting and nicely kept.... More 

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2 Thank Annie A
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

The Hawthorn's Centre is an interesting wildlife centre in the middle of Southampton Common with a very pleasant café overlooking a lake.

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