Winchester Restaurants

  • Black Rat restaurant, Winchester, UK
    Black Rat restaurant, Winchester, UK
    by planxty
  • Gurkha Chef restaurant, Winchester, UK.
    Gurkha Chef restaurant, Winchester, UK.
    by planxty
  • Restaurants
    by grayfo

Most Recent Restaurants in Winchester

  • grayfo's Profile Photo

    The Wheatsheaf: Chef & Brewer

    by grayfo Written Jun 14, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Family restaurant that operates under the Chef and Brewer chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The Wheatsheaf in North Waltham was built in the late 19th century and is reputed to have been a coaching stop for author Jane Austen. This hotel has a vast bar area, lots of cosy seating with an extensive menu.

    Monday to Friday: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    May 2011

    Favorite Dish: 9oz Rump Steak, Fries and tomato/mushroom – £9.55

    Sweet potato Fries - £2.65

    Lager Shandy - £3.20

    Was this review helpful?

  • SallyM's Profile Photo

    Courtyard Cafe: Downstairs at the Guildhall

    by SallyM Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Courtyard Cafe is part of Winchester's Guildhall. There is a large indoor seating area as well as an outdoor area. It serves light lunches, cakes and hot drinks. Lunchtime soup and a roll costs less than £4.

    Favorite Dish: We just dropped by for tea and were tempted into having a chocolate brownie and a flapjack - both very good.

    The Guildhall - the cafe is downstairs
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • crazyman2's Profile Photo

    The Eclipse Inn: Friendly pub with good food

    by crazyman2 Written Nov 6, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Book a Sunday roast here ---the flavours, the portions and the flavours are typically British. We sat there in the intimate bar of the Eclipse and enjoyed a roast that took us back years ---succelent chicken, delicious gravy and huge roast potatoes. Mmm... Added to it were plenty of vegetables and (I like this touch) Yorkshire puddings. A piping hot meal and a hot plate!

    The service was friendly ---both Sarah and her assistant worked hard at providing food and drinks to a cosmopolitan clientel.

    Decor? Well, the timbered pub is full of character. At first we thought it was rather a mix of styles but as we sat there we realised that it works ---it is the Eclipse! At the end of the day a pub is only a good as its staff!

    Outside, in the Square, there are tables for those who wish. We did feel a little put off by the number of smokers sitting there ---but it is illegal for anyone to smoke inside.

    Favorite Dish: As above!

    Remember that this is not a 5* restaurant but an honest English pub.

    The Eclipse Ooops! My wife outside the Eclipse

    Was this review helpful?

  • planxty's Profile Photo

    Gurkha Chef restaurant.: A taste of the Himalayas.

    by planxty Written Apr 5, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I suppose it is hardly surprising that in a place which so long played host to the Gurkha regiment of the British Army, and which still houses the Regimental Museum that there would be several Nepalese restaurants locally. This is the only one I have ever eaten in and it certainly is excellent. Having visited Nepal some years ago, I know the food here is as near authentic as you are going to get using ingredients sourced in the UK.

    As you would expect from Nepalese people, who are amongst the friendliest in the world in my experience, the welcome and the service are courteous and delivered with a large smile. What is also delivered is some extemely good food. I have only eaten here once and had momos (very traditional Nepalese dumplings), followed by a delicious Nepalese curry. I am sorry I cannot remember the proper name for it but you will find it on the menu easily enough.

    A great place, authentic food, great service, what more would you need?

    Favorite Dish: The Nepalese curry, as described above.

    Gurkha Chef restaurant, Winchester, UK.
    Related to:
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • planxty's Profile Photo

    The Black Rat.: Very fine local food.

    by planxty Written Apr 5, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I realise some people may find the Black Rat an unappetising sort of a name for a restaurant but believe me, the food is anything but unappetising, in fact it is quite superb. It has won numerous awards and been well reviewed in at least one national newpaper, and the plaudits are certainly deserved.

    The restaurant itself is in an old converted pub and still retains that charm. There are all sorts of nooks and crannies which make it an atmospheric place for a meal. On entering, we were warmly greeted and shown to a table in what I suppose could be described as the main room. This friendly but not obsequious service was in evidence throughout the evening, they really have got it just right. I don't want to be fawned over when I am having dinner.

    The restaurant website describes the cuisine as modern British, and this is what it is, done to a very high standard.

    I started with a simple beetroot and gorgonzola salad, which featured three different types of beetroot (which I never knew existed) sourced from the nearby organic and delightfully named Secrett's Farm, as are most of the vegetables. On speaking to the maitre d' we were informed that wherever possible they source food locally, which is a practice I always like. My companions Cornish mussels were declared equally delicious.

    For main course I had a delightful roast breast of mallard duck whilst my companion had the pork belly confit. Again, both were superbly cooked and simply gorgeous. Asking for advice on teh wine (I am certainly no expert) we were directed to a bottle of Chablis Alain, which I thought was good value at £27. No attempt was made to try and foist us off with a more expensive bottle, of which there are plenty on the extensive wine list, and it complemented the food beautifully.

    Although not much of a sweet eater myself, the madelaines we shared as a dessert were very tasty and I rounded the whole meal off with a coffe and a glass of very drinkable fonseca.

    The Black Rat is certainly not cheap (£94 for two as of November 2008) but I do not mind paying for food of this quality. definitely a place for a special occasion unless you are seriously rich, but worth every penny. Highly recommended.

    Favorite Dish: I have only eaten there once but, as described above the roast duck was superb.

    Black Rat restaurant, Winchester, UK
    Related to:
    • Wine Tasting
    • Food and Dining
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • SallyM's Profile Photo

    Forte Brasserie and Tea Room: Orange walls and fairy lights

    by SallyM Updated Mar 24, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This tea room/restaurant is located in an upstairs room in the centre of Winchester - the stairs are quite steep. The decor is a little overpowering, with red and orange walls and twinkling fairy lights, but the food is reasonably priced and good. They serve breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas.

    Favorite Dish: I had cream of broccoli soup with a delicious hot granary roll for a light lunch, but they also serve sandwiches, jacket potatoes, pasta, quiches etc.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jefie's Profile Photo

    The Eclipse Inn: My most authentic pub experience in the UK

    by Jefie Written Jan 30, 2008

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Eclipse Inn is located in an area called "The Square", which dates back to the 14th century. The Square was the place where pilgrims would stop after visiting Winchester Cathedral to eat, drink, and maybe buy a few relics and souvenirs. The Inn itself was built in 1540 and although it's been restored, it has retained a lot of its historical character. The timbers, fireplace and oak beams are all original - and slightly crooked, which gives the place a lot of charm. It is a small and cozy pub, very casual, quite popular with the locals (we seemed to be the only tourists there), and the chicken pie I ordered (served with green peas, of course!) was really good. The staff was very friendly, and so was the pub's cat! So if you feel like going back in time for a few hours and enjoying an authentic pub atmosphere, I'd highly recommend eating at The Eclipse Inn!

    Photo taken from The Eclipse Inn's Website
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • The Black Rat: Really nice modern english food

    by ontangent Written Aug 22, 2007

    It is a old pub so there are bear board and some nice modern gothic tones to the wall paper. It makes a nice addition to winchester as a good trendy modern venue that would not look out of place in london. They did not hurry the food and you get to choose your meal in the upstairs bar first. Very friendly and relaxed and worth a visit but be sure to book as it is already popular at the weekend.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Salad of Campana Buffalo mozzarella, white peaches which was a nice mix. The Gressingham duck breast with sprouting broccoli and star anise which was full of flavour and the Peach sorbet with Russian vodka had a good slug or two of vodka for a nice kick.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Business Travel
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • leics's Profile Photo

    Cathedral Cafe: And make a donation too..............

    by leics Written Feb 27, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Cathedral Cafe is in a modern (horrid, imo) building tucked away (thank goodness) behind a wall. But it's really rather pleasant inside. I was served by a couple of giggly 'gels' of a certain age, the epitome of genteel English middle-classness right down to the pearls round their necks; they were sooooooo polite and helpful and pleasant!

    The cafe serves coffee/tea/home-made cakes/soup etc and all proceeds go towards the upkeep of the cathedral (the staff are volunteers, I believe) so it's worth going there, even if only for a cup of coffee.

    Favorite Dish: Cake, cake, cake..........v nice indeed (I had a Bath bun, but could have eaten several other types as well).

    Not keen on the architecture........
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • maggieballa's Profile Photo

    Wykeham Arms: Wykeham Arms

    by maggieballa Written Apr 19, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Wykeham Arms is supposed to be the best restaurant in Winchester, but I have not yet had an outstanding meal there. Many of the rich parents who send their children to the college eat here and so it has a very posh atmosphere. The pub is good and it has a nice variety of beers.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jehcekah's Profile Photo

    Pizza Hut: American? Familiar?? Pizza Hut?

    by Jehcekah Written Apr 14, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When we first arrived to Winchester, we were terribly jet-lagged. We also had just survived an almost-catastrophe with my husband's company possible cancelling our trip at the VERY last minute (after we had rearranged our lives to leave the country). Anyway, so we checked into our hotel and needed something fast and easy to eat. We ventured out to the High Street where we found a familiar sign...Pizza Hut. Perfect! We wouldn't have to worry about what to order or HOW to order, since we were in a new unfamiliar country and we didn't yet know how things worked.

    We went in and sat down at one of the tables, waiting to be served. After about 5 minutes of waiting, a waitress approached us and said, "Oh, I see you decided to seat yourselves!" in a very snotty manner. We were shocked to see that we missed the "Please wait to be seated" sign as we entered. Strike one in the trying-to-not-look-American book! We felt so stupid, but at home Pizza Hut is more of a fast-food place where you just sit down and eventually someone throws you a menu! We learned our lesson after that - to always look for a sign when we enter a restaurant.

    Anyway, Pizza Hut has a pretty similar menu here as it does in the rest of the world. Thin, thick, pan and stuffed crust pizzas with a variety of toppings. They also have a pizza bar with comes with a salad and dessert bar.

    One very good thing about Pizza Hut for us is that they are the only place in Winchester (and possibly all of Europe) that gives free refills on soda!

    Favorite Dish: Pan tossed sausage pizza...pretty standard.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jehcekah's Profile Photo

    Loch Fyne: Great tasting seafood

    by Jehcekah Updated Apr 13, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We ate here twice during our stay in Winchester. I can say that we were very pleased each time. I guess you can consider this a chain-restaurant, as there are about 10, mostly in SE England. They have a medium-sized menu, but their feature is their fresh seafood. We were surprised to find that fresh seafood was a rarity in England being that the country is an island.

    Loch Fyne - Winchester

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jehcekah's Profile Photo

    Ghandi: Indian Delights

    by Jehcekah Written Jan 16, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Definitely the best Indian restaurant in Winchester. The food and the service are unbeatable!! It is very small, however, and you will need a pre-booking. Expect to wait with or without a reservation on a weekend night. Traditional and specialty Indian dishes available, there is a large wine list and various liquors are on hand. Average price - £40.00 for dinner for two.

    Favorite Dish: Starter: Meat Samosa and Poppodoms
    Rice: Pilau Basmati
    Main Meal: Chicken Tikka-Masala
    Bread: Plain Naan

    **Simply amazing**

    Gandhi Indian Cuisine

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jehcekah's Profile Photo

    Ask: Wonderful Pizza in an Ancient Building

    by Jehcekah Written Jan 16, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A chain-Italian restaurant. Always busy. You will need a pre-booking to get in on any weekend nights. Pizza and pasta are served. Very large wine list, only one beer served. The food is good, but the service is almost always horrible at this location. Average price - £20.00 for dinner for two.

    Favorite Dish: Any of their pizzas - they are Italian-style (meaning that they are personal-sized and thin crust).

    Ask Pizza, Winchester

    Was this review helpful?

  • queenpud's Profile Photo

    The Mayfly: Relax

    by queenpud Updated Oct 7, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Just sit, relax and drink good English beer overlooking the Test River.
    Go on a sunny day and sit outside. The food is so...so

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Winchester

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

22 travelers online now

Comments

Winchester Restaurants

Reviews and photos of Winchester restaurants posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Winchester sightseeing.

View all Winchester hotels