The Munificence and Counsel of Steel Magnolia
Surrounded by a sea of sails, Harbour Hotel itself is tiered like a mega yacht, ship shape, a frozen avalanche of balconies cascading down to the pier. HGP Architects’ expansive use of glass walls and extensive rows of perimeter decks and extravagant square meterage of terraces exploit and expose nautical views to the hilt. The five star Harbour Hotel is the highlight of Ocean Village Marina. Patron Chef Alex Aitken runs The Jetty Restaurant which is on the ground floor of the ‘bow’ of the boat building. Daily catches fill the sea-to-plate menu. Alex’s plaice meunière affirms his mantra “fresh, seasonal and local”. For the more adventurous there’s always Poole Bay Oysters with Black Cow Vodka to sample. The top floor Harbar enjoys the best panorama of pontoons in Southampton. Sea Breeze cocktail, anyone?