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About The Chesil Rectory

The Chesil Rectory is a unique, historic, grade II listed restaurant located in central Winchester. Decorated with vintage chandeliers and beautiful botanical prints, our intimate dining rooms are relaxed, peaceful and brimming with authentic charm. Perfect for lunch with friends and a romantic dinner, a light weekday supper, business lunches or Sunday roast.


Head Chef, Damian Brown, uses an abundance of seasonal, local produce from our Hampshire doorstep to create delicious menus featuring classic dishes brought up to date with a twist. Fresh, local, delicious.

1 Chesil Street
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0HU
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
British

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 2:20pm, 6pm - 9.30pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:20pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 9pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01962 851555

Website:
http://www.chesilrectory.co.uk/

Parking Details:
Car parking available in long stay multi-story car park, a one minute walk away.

Executive Chef:
Damian Brown

Private Party Facilities:
We have a lovely private dining room upstairs. This beautiful intimate room accommodates up to 12 guests comfortably or even a friendly 14. The perfect place for family get-togethers, business events, dinner parties and Sunday lunch.

Private Party Contact:
Katie Brown: 01962 851555

Additional:
Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

The Chesil Rectory Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (158)
Romance (140)
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Good for Anniversaries (120)
Fit for Foodies (111)
Good for a Date (109)
Local Ingredients (91)
Good for Birthdays (90)
Quiet Conversation (89)
Worth the Drive (85)
Creative Cuisine (76)
Lunch (75)
Authentic (69)
Notable Wine List (57)
Sunday Lunch (52)
Neighbourhood Gem (45)
Seasonal (34)
Business Meals (32)
Casual (27)
Group Bookings (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Comfort Food (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Outstanding Value (12)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Brunch (5)
Great Beer (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Fun (4)
Organic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Happy Hour (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a fantastic meal, excellent service. Would highly recommend this restaurant and we cannot wait to come back again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on 14 November 2017

Fabulous food. More than we usually pay, but worth every penny. Amazing, too, to eat (in comfort) in a building dating from 1450.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on 5 November 2017

We went to the Chesil Rectory for an anniversary dinner as we fancied going somewhere different. The building itself is beautiful with beams,tiny doors and whitewash walls - it's incredibly striking. The staff were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was good, if a little stilted. The food was great, although a little less artistry and a touch more substance would have been great. The different breads were excellent. The menu is small but varied. For starters we had the pigeon breast, which was cooked to perfection and delicious, and the broth which was very tasty if a little under-seasoned. For main courses we had the pork belly, which was incredible but quite a small plate. The potatoes with this were superb, cooked to have a thin layer of crisp top like the crackling on the pork. A great touch and very tasty. The other dish was the lamb, which was wonderful. Tender and tasty. The desserts, however, were the stand out. The orange mousse was, and I quote my other half, 'probably the best dessert I've ever had' and the poached pear with hot chocolate sauce was my ideal sweet. Rich and warming. They were so good that we had a third between us, the apple, which was very tart and cut through the mouth like a razor, but very refreshing. These were all paired with great dessert wines. We had a bottle of red wine, an Australian wine called the 'Dark Prince' which was excellent. Rich, full and complex but light enough that it didn't overpower the food. Altogether the meal was great, but coming in at £145 without service, it was pretty pricey. Still, an excellent restaurant that I would highly recommend should you have some money burning a hole in your pocket.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 5 November 2017

Fantastic refurb! Great bar area. Great food, service and wine list. Overall - superb!

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 (Miami)·Dined on 4 November 2017

A wonderful meal, in great surroundings with impressive service and very pleasant waiting staff. We loved the cocktails and felt the sound track being played was wonderful...some great tunes from our past! If we lived nearer, we'd be back here all the time as we would have loved a chance to sample more cocktails in the upstairs bar.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Lovely old building, brilliant service and excellent food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

We dined here on Saturday evening after watching the bonfire procession through the high street. We had pigeon to start and pork belly for main - both were delicious! Our waitress was really knowledgeable the restaurant is really cosy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on 4 November 2017

The Chesil Rectory is a wonderful, ancient building.
The ambience is a pleasure to experience along with the professional and friendly service of extraordinary food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

The 5 stars says it all. Excellent food, some original dishes, beautifully cooked and presented. Friendly, attentive service and no long waits. A medieval setting with sympathetically decorated modern touches.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on 30 October 2017

Excellent dinner - a small but varied menu and our selections were all delicious. Service was excellent - attentive but also left you alone to eat, chat etc. Good value for money - not cheap but top quality food and wine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 29 October 2017

Fabulous meal, service, ambience every visit! Local fresh food, delicious wines and friendly staff

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Very relaxed atmosphere but at the same time very good and friendly service
Food excellent good choice well cooked

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Very friendly, attentive staff and the food was delicious. I went with my parents and brother for my birthday.

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 (London)·Dined on 24 October 2017

We went there one Tuesday evening for dinner as it was my wife's birthday. We were greeted with a very warm welcome and seated comfortably in a small oak beamed dinning area which was sympathetically decorated and reflected the age and history of the building.
The service was immediate and attentive during the whole of our meal without being intrusive or intimidating. The food was well presented and very tasty, in fact the Ocean Terrine that I had as a starter was superb.
For a restaurant of this standard the food is not expensive and there if 2/3 course menu available which looked to be a very good deal. Wines are very good and of course can be more expensive but again if cost is a factor there is the opportunity for several less expensive wines by the glass. My only minor disappointment was that the Artisan Bread Basket was a little disappointing but that really was secondary.
All in all an exceptionally pleasant evening. I would definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 20 October 2017

We had a fabulous meal on Friday for our friend's special birthday. The service and food were excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 20 October 2017

We visited to celebrate my birthday on our first visit to Winchester. The building is beautiful and the decor is very cool. I have to say service was slow at first and we waited a while before our drinks order was taken. However the food was delicious and overall we had a lovely evening. This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on 19 October 2017

Just love this restaurant - staff are so friendly and helpful and the food is just perfect / menu has plenty of variety without being overwhelming - obviously great care is taken over the presentation. Great place to visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on 19 October 2017

The set menu is exceptional value and we loved how all the food is sourced locally. Absolutely delicious! Will recommend and will return.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Organic, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on 15 October 2017

I had the fish sea beam really enjoyed it just the right amount too

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

We went for my husband Gordon’s birthday on 14/10/17. As always it was a 5 star experience from stepping through the front door to us leaving. We love this restaurant it never ever disappoints. Great staff great food fabulous venue. Love love love it . Thank you Sarah and the Chesil Rectory team :)))

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 13 October 2017

Over all a good experience worth repeating. . Food and service were very good

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on 13 October 2017

Wanted somewhere romantic for a birthday meal and this was perfect. Lovely ambience, staff were attentive and able to make great suggestions. Delicious food, definitely value for money as the quality was so high.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 11 October 2017

Charming atmosphere and excellent food. Sergio the bartender is a passionate mixologist who will ensure he finds the right cocktail for you!

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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Apart from bumping head going in, comfortable seats, quiet relaxed atmosphere, great service and good delicious food at a very reasonable price. A really pleasant dining experience, and I wan't to go back again.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 1 October 2017

We had the early supper option
The menu choices were from the main menu and the food was very good , well presented with the right amount of time in between courses
The restaurant was quiet noise wise which was what we wanted

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 1 October 2017

We often go there for Sunday lunch and take friends with us.
A proper and excellent Sunday lunch!
Staff always good too.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 30 September 2017

My husband and I booked a table for our anniversary treat after a recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. The three course set menu was excellent value and the food delicious. The staff were very attentive ( although it was quiet when we were there due to having an early booking). It's a beautiful old building, full of character with an interesting history, a lovely place to spend a special evening. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

Fantastic venue, great service, actually good value considering the quality of the offering. Happy to recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 26 September 2017

Awesome salted caramel!!

Really enjoyed the food...fish and chicken were perfectly cooked!!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 25 September 2017

we had an outstanding dinner here our first night in Winchester while on vacation. Awesome atmosphere in this building built in the 1400's(!) & the service was charming & the meal was nicely presented & very tasty! Would definitely go again if/when we get over that way!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

Another fantastic meal at our favourite local restaurant. Never disappoints on food or service. Thank you Chesil, we shall be back soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, service and in particular the fantastic food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 20 September 2017

Fantastic food, superb service, great value set menu. Faultless!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Surrey)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Super food, always a high standard and excellent service

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Excellent as would be expected from previous visits. Never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Kent)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Absolutely fabulous restaurant a beautiful place and fantastic food. the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

Great service and gorgeous food. I will definitely be going back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 8 September 2017

We had a sad meal with my friend and I saying goodbye to each other before she moves to Scotland. Food was superb and I was especially happy as she'd never been to The Chelsie before. My next visit will probably be Christmas time. Xxx

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Hampshire)·Dined on 8 September 2017

Went for lunch on my birthday with family and had a lovely meal. We all enjoyed our choices and found the lunch set menu to be perfect. Will certainly go again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 7 September 2017

All it was presented to be. Excellent food, friendly service.

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