Last week I was invited to the Southampton Bloggers Brunch at Rogues Cafe and had such a lovely morning meeting new faces, catching up with familiar ones and of course, enjoying all the brunch.
Southampton city centre is pretty familiar to me, as I went to Southampton Solent University for a short-lived film course years ago, but I hadn’t actually heard of Rogues Cafe before, and so I was excited to see what it was all about.
The cafe is based near to Marlands Shopping Centre and the Guildhall, and just a short walk from the train station. It looks lovely from the outside with a few tables and chairs dotted about for al fresco dining if the weather permits.
Inside there is a cute little mezzanine layout with quirky wall art and pictures everywhere you look, with downstairs being the main dining area and where I was headed to meet the other bloggers.
I loved the interior and decor of the place. The main dining area was intimate and cosy, and there was another area at the back of the room with a very comfy looking couch and an Instagram-worthy wall.
Onto the food and there was such a lovely selection I found it hard to choose just one option to be honest. A few of the choices included a full-on fried brekkie (or veggie option), pancakes with fresh fruit, french toast with berries and syrup, or avocado on sourdough bread with hummus and chilli flakes. They also cater for lunches with dishes such as burgers, salads and cakes too. So something for everyone.
I think partly because I’m a predictable basic blogger who will order something off the menu purely for Instagram-aesthetic reasons, and partly because I genuinely did love the sound of it, I went for the avocado and hummus on bread, and I’m SO happy to say that it didn’t disappoint from both perspectives. It was delicious.
I think I ate it embarrassingly quickly to be honest and could have easily gone in for something else more sweet like the pancakes but I resisted.
Southampton Bloggers Brunch
Of course the main reason for the Southampton Bloggers Brunch, apart from the lovely food, was to catch up with other bloggers, as well as provide an opportunity to network and meet new people.
I was lucky enough to be at a table with two lovely girls who both live locally and blog about various topics ranging from beauty and lifestyle to family and parenting.
Although I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now and going to events for almost the same amount of time, I still get nervous when I go to certain things, and the bloggers brunch was no exception. But at the same time, I love building up my confidence by doing this sort of thing alone.
Alice who runs the Southampton Bloggers is so lovely, as are all the members of the group, and although I’m obviously not from Southampton, I’m kind of close enough to the city to feel like part of the crew, and I’m so grateful to have been invited along to yet another super lovely event.
I’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely staff of Rogues Cafe for hosting the event and providing us all with a very generous discount, and to the Southampton Bloggers for organising the brunch in the first place. If you happen to be in Southampton and fancy a bite to eat then Rogues Cafe comes highly recommended from me.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll be back with something new very soon!