Harden's survey result
After over a decade in action, this “atmospheric” gastropub just on the fringes of the town centre “continues to produce some of the most innovative food” in these parts: “interesting ingredients are used to create balanced and intriguing flavours in dishes clearly made with love and care”. Expansion may be afoot, as owner David Nicholson recently submitted plans for a new kitchen and two new dining areas.
“The most innovative restaurant for miles around”, say fans of this acclaimed pub conversion on the edge of town, which has built a formidable reputation since it opened more than 10 years ago. But while most reports are of “beautifully presented and well-executed” cuisine, ratings are sapped slightly by reports of dishes that “try too hard”, or “read well on the menu, but don’t meet expectations”. Top Tip: “the excellent and very reasonably priced lunch menu”.
Acclaimed chef Ollie Moore left for adventures new in July 2016, to be replaced by John Marsden-Jones; by most accounts the “change of chef has made little difference” to the “genuinely surprising and innovative” food on offer at this “very welcoming” edge-of-town pub.
“Always interesting food, without being over-fussy or pretentious” achieves consistently above-average ratings for this acclaimed pub conversion, on the outskirts of the city-centre.
|Wine per bottle||£18.50|
88 Chesil St, Winchester, SO23 0HX
|Monday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑3 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|