Very happy to report that we’ve had some brighter days since my last blog post. I’ve been trying to plan one ‘nice’ thing each month, to ensure I always have something to look forward to.
Last week we were invited along to sample the new spring menu at the rooftop restaurant of a local hotel. HarBar on 6th is located at the top of our local *Harbour hotel & Spa*, located in Southampton. We’re very privileged to live on the south coast, & this restaurant bar takes full advantage of its position on the edge of the Ocean village complex with stunning views across the solent.
Boasting both indoor & outdoor seating, this place feels cool but with a relaxed vibe, I noted that whilst we were there, families were sat alongside couples & all looked to be having a great time.
(This swanky end of HarBar on 6th is the entertaining space where a resident DJ plays!)
It’s very rare that we go out as a couple, to be honest we probably do it once or twice a year? We prioritise spending money on the kids, make excuses that we’re too tired & feel guilty that we’re relying on family to babysit.
But do you know what, I’m so glad we were invited out for this evening, we had such a lovely time, sharing each other’s company, the dim lighting was very flattering on my eye bags (& if you squint you can’t even see Nigels grease stained hands!).
We were shown to a table next to a panel of huge glass windows, looking out over rows of boats bobbing in the harbour, with the ocean in the distance behind the twinkling lights of the apartments lining the edge of the water. We definitely had the ‘if we win the lottery….’ chat!
Feeling immediately relaxed I ordered one of the ‘Crews Cocktails’ the ‘all on board’, consisting of Plymouth Sloe Gin, lemon juice & sugar syrup. It was absolutely delicious & a bit too easy to drink, I decided to try to remain sophisticated & ordered a bottle of Rosé to go with our meals!
As well as bites & starters, the menu had a good range of mains, with meat, fish &grains all covered. Prices started at £8, but none of the mains included a side, which were priced separately. I found this a little odd, once you added one or two of those, the price totalled around £14, which I think is very reasonable, I just would have preferred an ‘all in’ price, personally.
For starters we went for Giant Tempura prawns & whitebait, both were good sized portions & very tasty. I should also mention that the staff were very courteous & helpful-I’ve had feedback from friends that on occasion this was lacking during their visit, but I’m very happy to report we found quite the opposite. We don’t go out much, & when we do I really appreciate good service.
I was very tempted to go for a pizza as the outdoor pizza oven is renowned for its beautiful creations, but in the end I went for the pulled pork burger with Monterey Jack cheese. It was huge, & the coleslaw inside the burger was so tasty, it really finished it off perfectly.
Nige went for the flat iron chicken, not really knowing what to expect, I think the fancy shoestring fries it was garnished with were wasted on him to be honest, but he enjoyed it!
If I’m honest, our puddings were probably the part of the meal I was most looking forward to! I definitely have a sweet tooth & always look at the dessert menu before I choose a starter or main course!!
We chose to share the mascarpone passion fruit cheesecake & chocolate brownie with cherry compote. Now, I fancy myself as a bit of a brownie connoisseur, this one was good, but the cheesecake was AMAZING, so so tasty, the perfect end to a really lovely meal.
I really want to go back during the day to see HarBar on 6th in a different light, & to sample more of their menu(I think I’ll take the girls for afternoon tea as it’s been highly recommended to me!). We had such a lovely evening, I’ve already been googling the drinks menu ready to choose my next cocktail, do you think I can persuade Nigel to take me out again?!
We were gifted this meal in return for an honest review here on the blog, so as usual-all opinions are my own.
Many thanks to HarBar for hosting us!
Kirsty x x x