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Table service or bar service for drinks but no standing at bar.

Guide Dog

(formerly Valley Inn)

38 Earl's Road
SO14 6SF

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Opening Times


Monday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Friday2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Saturday2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Sunday2.00 pm - 10.30 pm

About the Pub

Set in a residential side road in Bevois Valley, the pub is a genuine free house carrying a wide range of real ales from local and national breweries, all served from handpumps. New owners took over in August 2015, giving the pub a refurbishment and opened a new back room, known as the 'Dog House', along with a patio space. Both are compact but make imaginative use of the space. Currently (2020) there are 11 hand pumps and a range of bottled beers behind the bar. The cellar has been completely re-fitted, and the beer quality across this wide range is very good indeed.

A Thai curry night is held on Wednesdays pies are regularly sold on Southampton FC home match days; the pub may also open early for home games depending on kick-off time.

The pub has a number of awards and was voted Southern Hampshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018, adding to many past awards.

Historic Interest

Closed as Valley Inn 1981, opened as Guide Dog February 1983. Another room, 'The Dog House' opened at the back 2016.

Regular ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Dark Star American Pale Ale
  • Flower Pots Goodens Gold
  • Steam Town Stoke Extra Pale

Changing ales

This pub serves 7 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Arbor --varies--
  • Red Cat --varies--
  • Steam Town --varies--

Ever changing range.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Bowman; Downton; Flack Manor; Flowerpots; Hop Back; Red Cat; Triple fff;

  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Dog loving, Dog treats kept at the bar.

  • Events Events

    Thai Curry Night each Wednesday.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Back room available to be hired.

  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Small smoking areas, front and back.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Guide Dog

38 Earl's Road
SO14 6SF

Sat Nav Reference

50.91745, -1.39706


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (160m)

First: 7; Unilink: U6

Nearby Station (980m)

St Denys


Corner with Ancasta Road

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Guide Dog, Southampton

Guide Dog

38 Earl's Road
SO14 6SF

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Pub
  • Dog Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

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