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Reopened 20th July.

New Hours:
Monday - Thursday 5pm-11pm
Friday - Saturday 2pm-11pm
Sunday 2pm-10.30pm

Selected conditions (see Facebook for all)
• All customers will have to book a table for a time slot. If you do not book, do not expect to be allowed in
• We shall infrared, non-body contact temperature check all customers on arrival
• All customers names and addresses will be collected on arrival and kept for 21 days, as per the Gov’ts guidance
• No standing will be allowed, except outside and obviously to queue for bar, toilets, etc
• Access and exit to the pub will be by the front door only
• No cash, only card payments accepted
• Table service will be available, particularly to the Doghouse
• Doors and windows will be left open as much as possible to aid ventilation and must not be tampered with

The Take-away service will continue. Hours now extended to be available whenever the pub is open. Collect your take-away sales from the hatch at the side door of the pub.
"We have two and four pint containers available and we encourage you to re-use them or bring your own (clean) containers please."

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Guide Dog

(formerly Valley Inn)

38 Earl's Road
SO14 6SF

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 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 Thursdays and 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 cask ales

This pub serves 5 regular beers.

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

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

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

Ever changing range.

Source: National

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Guide Dog, Southampton


  • 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

    Meat Draw on Friday evenings.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Back room available to be hired.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    University Folk Society meet every Mon.

  • 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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