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Summary

With its “medieval exposed beams and stripped, creaky flooring”, this “cosy restaurant” in a 600-year-old merchant’s house is “one of the most romantic places, with lots of small, quirkily decorated rooms”. Staff are “chilled but attentive” and the food – although it may struggle to match the unique surroundings – is, on practically all accounts, “more than accomplished”.

£66
  £££
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5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“For unique character it’s hard to beat” this “attractive, exceptional and historic old building” which is “hands down the loveliest space to dine in, and perfect for special occasions” (especially of a romantic nature). The “delicious” food is hailed by fans as arguably Winchester’s best (“though if visiting regularly the menu can become somewhat predictable”).

£54
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3
Good
3
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5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

In terms of elegance, this “beautiful” and “romantic” destination is arguably the town’s best, and “friendly” service and highly rated food complete a positive picture. Top Tip – “the pre-theatre fixed price menu is very good indeed”.

£59
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3
Good
4
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

The “beautiful” ancient building is the star of the show, if you visit this “romantic” central feature. “It’s been through many reincarnations over the years, and this is one of the better ones”, providing “an all-round, very good experience”.

£56
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4
Very Good
3
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
14
72
12+ at D
1 Chesil St, Winchester, S023 0HU
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Opening hours

lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 9.30 pm, Fri & Sat 10 pm, Sun 9 pm
Last orders: 9 pm, Fri & Sat 9.30 pm, Sun 8.30 pm

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