The Platform Tavern is an independent Southampton business that is under threat. Please support the venue and its team.
Last week, The Platform Tavern, a beloved iconic pub in the heart of Southampton, suffered a devastating fire. This unforeseen disaster has put us under threat, and we need help to reopen our doors.
The administrative processes can take weeks, if not months, and time is a luxury we can't afford. The fire damage has put us in a difficult situation, and as a result, we're going to be unable to afford repairs.
Over the past three years, we've tackled the pandemic and lockdowns to soaring bills and the ongoing cost of living crisis. It's been an incredibly tough period for all independent businesses.
The Platform Tavern dates back to 1873 and is situated against the historic old town wall built around 1350. The pub directly viewed the Titanic moored up in Dock Berth 44 of the Ocean Dock and was featured in the James Cameron Hollywood movie 'Titanic.' The Platform is also a popular spot on various tours highlighting Southampton's maritime history and landmarks.
Our landlord/owner, Stewart Cross, reopened the Platform in 1997. He's turned it into one of Southampton's most unique pubs. You could enjoy beer and freshly prepared food while listening to a live rhythm and blues band!
The Platform has a reputation for bringing live blues, R&B, rock, soul, rockabilly, Americana and jazz to Southampton! The venue is integral to Southampton's blues scene and independent artist touring circuits. Over the years, we've had performances from hundreds of incredibly talented musicians, local, national, and international! It would be heartbreaking if Southampton lost another wonderful space hosting live music.
We're not giving up hope and remain determined to reopen the Platform. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraising gigs; many bands have agreed to perform to help raise funds, which is truly heartening!
Thank you for reading, and thank you for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support!
Stewart Cross & Platform Team xx