Bitterne is a ward of Southampton located to the east of the city and named after the nearby bend in the River Itchen. With its local pedestrian shopping precinct on Bitterne Road, lots of local eateries and close proximity to surrounding countryside, this area is a popular choice with families and young professionals.
Properties in Bitterne are a good balance of period and new build homes. The area offers detached and semi-detached homes, as well as flats and bungalows.
Fun fact – Paralympian Dave Henson is from Bitterne and captured a silver medal in the T42 200m at the recent 2016 Rio games.
Things to do
For those interested in staying active, Bitterne Leisure Centre has its own swimming pool and offers a host of ways for you to stay in shape, including everything from yoga to dance classes.
Bitterne also plays host to one of the largest libraries in Southampton – a real bonus for adults and children alike.
If you’re after somewhere for the kids to work off a bit of excess energy, then try Oxygen Freejumping Southampton. This trampoline park, just a mile outside of Bitterne, is a proven highlight for youngsters.
If you’re after a more idyllic rural setting, then look no further than Itchen Valley Country Park which offers 448 acres of water meadows and woodland.
For keen hikers there are waymarked trails around the park. A trail guide can be bought from the visitors centre for 60p or downloaded online for free.
Bitterne Local History Society is a registered local charity and a treasured local historical resource. The group promote and preserve local artefacts, offer guided walks, organise trips and campaigned to save 602 Bitterne Road, which is the last cob and thatched cottage in the area. A true architectural gem!
Food & Drink
The Big Cheese is a local pub that lives up to its name with free pool, monthly karaoke, weekly rock ‘n’ roll bingo and quiz nights. Its menu offers a wide choice of pub grub and kids’ choices.
The Humble Plumb pub offers open fires in winter time and great floral displays which can be enjoyed in the beer garden during summer. This great local is also home to Wadsworth brewery and you’re always welcome to try their famous 6X before you buy. The pub is CAMRA and Cask Marque-accredited and hosts quiz nights and regular events.
The Songbird Ice Cream Café and Creative Space on Manor Farm Road is a great hangout for parents and children. With arts and crafts activities such as puppet making and colouring-in for the children and floral arranging for adults, Songbird also serves a host of great desserts.
Il Picchio Café is a short walk away from the town itself on Bitterne Triangle. This little Roman delight is not to be missed with a great brunch menu.
Bitterne is host to lots of local eateries offering a range of cuisines for cosy nights in with an array of choice from Italian to classic fish and chips.
For other dine-in restaurants and a bit more choice, central Southampton is only a short journey by car.
There are three local bus operators providing a range of local services to Fareham and Gosport as well as Southampton.
Bitterne national rail station serves Portsmouth and Southampton. The area is at the junction of the A334 and A3024, which both provide easy access to the M27.
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