Harden's survey result
“For Winchester, pretty darn good” seems a fair assessment of this city-centre six-year-old, which wins a good amount of praise for its “excellent” fish and seafood, “friendly and helpful service, and an atmosphere that’s lively and fun, without being noisy” (“a bit like an upmarket canteen”). Reviews are not consistent enough, however, for a more gushing endorsement: some dishes are judged “a bit run of the mill” and it can be “hard to correlate the experience with the price level”.
“Excellent seafood (I’d say better than Padstow)” makes this venue “in the heart of town” – Stein’s first outside Cornwall when it opened five years ago – “the perfect place to entertain and impress a client”. Ratings have edged up this year: “although it can be a bit pricey, it’s very enjoyable”.
“The seaside comes to Winchester” at this highly popular two-year-old, which on most accounts “carries on the Rick Stein tradition of good quality seafood without messing around”. Even fans though acknowledge that the ambience can be “iffy”, and there are a significant proportion of sceptics for whom the place is mere “fine” (“curiously just a little dull, with good but not outstanding food… impersonal… an upmarket price for almost a canteen experience”).
Fans are “absolutely delighted not to have to go all the way to Padstow for delicious seafood” now that the Stein empire has an outpost in the town. It’s not as highly rated as when it first opened last year – inevitable criticisms are creeping in that it’s “cashing in on its name: OK but nothing special” – but, for the most part, it earns kudos for “at last providing a local restaurant that has really fresh fish and knows how to cook it”.
Rick Stein’s restaurant in Winchester serves classic seafood dishes including Dover sole a la meunière, Fruits de Mer and lobster thermidor as well as dishes inspired by his travels from around the world.
Situated on Winchester high street, our coastal interiors and seascape paintings gently nod towards our coastal heritage.
Open every day for lunch and dinner, our restaurant offers a delicious a la carte dinner menu as well as a set menu for lunch, making it the perfect place to eat out in Winchester or Hampshire.
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7 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9JX
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Mon â€“ Fri: Lunch 12 â€“ 3pm | Dinner 6pm â€“ 10pm, Sat: 12 â€“ 10pm, Sun: 12noon â€“ 9pm
Last orders: 10 pm