Where to Eat in Winchester
When we were asked, as Creative Ambassadors, to give our recommendations for where to eat in Winchester, we really struggled to pull together a shortlist of places to visit. There truly is so much to enjoy here that you could merrily spend a whole city break eating and drinking your way around town.
If you’re visiting Winchester, here are some of our top tips to ensure you make the most of your stay. There’s a lot here so we don’t imagine anyone could fit all of this in, in just one day, but give it a go and please do let us know how you get on in the comments section below…
Start your day with some local fare! We are blessed with some great places to enjoy the most important meal of the day. We’d recommend either of two places to start your day. Forte Kitchen on Parchment Street serves, in our opinion, the best pancakes in Winchester. We love them so much we created a maple and bacon martini for our Kitchen Cabinet collaboration with them in July! They also do a superlative full English breakfast with high quality sausages and bacon, lovingly cooked and presented. If you fancy mixing things up a little, perhaps head to No.5 Bridge Street, past the King Alfred statue. Here you can order their signature Full English, which comes with chorizo sausage, bubble & squeak and homemade baked beans. Vegetarians have a great breakfast option in both places but Marcus’s current favourite is the Moroccan Eggs at No.5. A spicy version of eggs in purgatory, it’ll definitely put a spring in your step as you start your walk around town.
If you’re in search of a little pick-me up we’d recommend a trip to Chococo on the High Street, which is roughly half way between No.5 and Forte Kitchen. This charming and friendly shop, run by the lovely Libby and her team, serves up a wonderful menu of hot chocolates and milkshakes. Buy any drink, in fact, and they’ll also treat you to a cheeky little sample of one of their delectable fresh, hand-made chocolates. Try their award-winning Totally Twisted Nose, made using local watercress-distilled gin blended with locally grown fresh watercress in white chocolate ganache or, our favourite, Wild Thing, which contains a kirsch-soaked griottine cherry. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous have a taste of their multi-award-winning Arbequina and Sea Salt made with Spanish olive oil. Once you’ve tried Chococo’s chocolates you’ll never look at chocolate in the same way again.
Having stocked up on premium confectionary, it’s time to find a spot of lunch. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the Christmas Market (which runs until 20 December), then you must pay a visit to the Inner Close of Winchester Cathedral, where you’ll find the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Company, serving a long string of people eager to warm up with a deliciously original combination of sourdough and fresh, local and at times unexpected ingredients in what, we think, are the best toasties you’ll find in the area. They’re a highlight of our run-up to Christmas.
When it’s time once more for a pick-me-up, we’d recommend a trip to the Corner House on Parchment Street. Part of the Little Pub Group, which boasts some of the most popular and eclectically decorated establishments in town, the Corner House, whose motto is ‘Local, Loyal, Lovely’ is the perfect place to visit for a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake. The cosy and imaginative surroundings provide the ideal spot to unwind a little with a steaming brew and a date slice.
If you’re after an early bite to eat, pay a visit to Toscanaccio, the wine merchant on Parchment Street. Not only can you stock up on some great wines here, but you can also buy a modestly priced glass of wine to enjoy with one of their delicious cheeseboards. If you are however in the mood for a more formal dining experience, there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from. Yes, there are the ‘celebrity chef’ restaurants but we also have our own local heros, who are running independent restaurants with admirable passion for championing local produce. Even Kyoto Kitchen, reportedly one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country, owned and managed by a local lad, has created a ‘Hampshire Roll’ using locally grown wasabi (yes, it’s true) and Chalk Stream trout. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit.go back