Time for Thai: West Quay Sensory Garden & Thaikhun

The Westquay Esplanade was set up to be a place where people could gather, sit, eat, drink and enjoy whilst taking in the old Southampton Walls and getting outside. There have been so many events here already but I think this one has to be my favourite. For a few weeks of the Summer Holidays, The Garden Society and WQ took over the Esplanade space with a beautiful tea garden, gin bar, kids activities and even Gin Yoga! 

I headed down to see what all of the fun was about!

A little sanctuary in the middle of the city, the Garden Society set up a cute little tea garden where you could enjoy the 'Smoking Teapot' feature and tuck into a scone with tea or coffee for just £5. Trust me when I say those scones were amazing!! All of the surroundings included their beautiful plants and they also set up a very popular pop-up shop next to Waterstones just around the corner, full of plants, planters, cacti and even accessories. This is also still open!!

You could also enjoy the Jim and Tonic bar, with a selection of different cocktails (all of which were delicious, my fave the Jim Fizz) and some cosy deck chairs to relax in. Activities for the kids were regular and perfect in the Summer Holidays, all the parents were loving having somewhere to take the little-ens where they could explore and have fun.

The edible bubbles really were a highlight of the area, as well as the greenhouse with the flavoured mist, I could have napped in there all day! Especially during the sunny days, it was a sure Instagrammable spot with the Floral bed and archways, the piano and all of the flower displays, so much time and effort had been put into it! 

We then headed up to Thaikhun for some super tasty food to continue the sensory experience. Thai food is one of my favourite types, so I already knew what I wanted to have and it was mouth watering! They have so many cocktails to choose from it was difficult to pick but we were super happy with our choices. We picked the - BANGKOK STREET PLATTER: Borrowed from the bustling side streets of Bangkok - grilled chicken satay, breaded king prawns, pork dumplings and sweetcorn cakes. The classic combination and our perfect starter!

For mains, I chose the Prawn Pad Thai (it is ALWAYS my favourite dish) and Hatty went for the Spicy Seafood Noodles (the other thing I would have picked). My dish was amazing and the prawns were so huge and juicy! Hatty's was pretty spicy but super enjoyable, with a selection of different fish to keep you going. 

All in all we had the best afternoon and evening with Westquay and Thaikhun!! Share your photos and use #sensorygardenwq.

Check out the Westquay events: https://www.west-quay.co.uk/events

And the Westquay Plus App: WQ Plus iPhone App

See the full menu and book a table here: https://www.thaikhun.co.uk/thai-restaurant/southampton/menu/

*All was gifted for the purpose of the review but opinions are my own*