The Chesil Rectory

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887 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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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.
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PatriciaH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very pleasant experience - food was delicious, service excellent. We didn't feel rushed and were able to enjoy the surroundings and foo at our leisure. The puddings were particularly good.

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GaryR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening, excellent food and drinks with a first class service.

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LeeS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times now. Perfect every time. 45 mile drive to get there but do worth it.

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JanetH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

No complaints about tasting menu - it was good. Matching wines ok, first one good, others less so.
What I did object to was arriving at 9 having prebooked tasting menu, table not ready, dumped upstairs for half an hour near a very noisy wedding party, normal menu handed to us when we’d already chosen. A drink was offered after 10minutes but we didn’t want one, having had an aperitif elsewhere with friends. No real apology. It did get better once we were seated downstairs.

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GeoffE
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Seafood starters, pink lamb main, cheesecake then cheese and biscuits with recommended wine choices. Absolutely first class.
Knowledgeable bar staff and waiting staff. Good banter with the men; young girls very quiet. Overall the perfect venue for our wedding anniversary celebration. We will be back

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iand
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time of eating here and again it was really good, then finished of the evening with cocktails at the bar upstairs, not only is the building at the top of the history table, the food, service, people, staff were really
were really great.

We booked this up months ago for my wife's birthday and it was really worth the drive from Essex.

A must for everyone.

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Foodaholic
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for dinner for our first time to Winchester and so very glad we did. The building was gorgeous and we were very happy, tucked away in a small room (4 tables only) to the left of the front door. The discovery of a lovely bar and lounge upstairs when visiting the loo was a nice surprise addition too. The staff were attentive, chatty and bright. They had a small, new menu and we were delighted with the results - I'd much rather have a small menu done incredibly well than a sprawling one which might not deliver. The food was sublime - I'd happily eat it all again! You're looking at prices more familiar in London, but for a treat night out it was totally worth it!

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was delicious, the atmosphere very nice. Staff was very friendly, but not very well informed about the menu and maybe not very well trained. Still, we enjoyed our dinner very much.

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PJCB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely meal and a gracious reception on arrival. Young waiter was polite if a little inexperienced. My only tiny criticism would be that one guest’s coffee was delivered tepid (but was removed from bill without quibbling). The food was excellent, the wine good, the ambience was quiet and welcoming, the seating comfortable...I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a super meal in civilised surroundings.

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andyb
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The best plaice I have had anywhere. Certainly a good option in Winchester and one I will go to again (this was my first visit).

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JakubB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife and I were staying in a home nearby and found the Chesil Rectory reading reviews for nearby pubs and restaurants. It rated very well and everyone commented very favourably on the food. We agree with everything we read. The quality of the food was above our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We came to the conclusion that there is a chef present who really enjoys and takes passion in his craft. If you are coming through the area and have time available to sit and enjoy it is well worth the visit.

If you are looking for a nice quiet evening with delicious food

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NinaK
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All courses were delicious, mine were Sea Bream, then Lamb, then Elderflower Jelly. Many compliments to the chef as all the tastes were beautifully balanced. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal a lot.

We enjoyed the bottle of very nice red wine from their private cellar (substitution) as the one we asked for as the wine we wanted was not available. Service was just right-attentive and not intrusive. Our end table had just the right degree of privacy whilst also being able to be part of and enjoy the relaxed and friendly ambience.
Thank you for a very nice evening and we will look forward to a return visit.

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NicolaH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever visited. The service was exceptional from start to finish, the cocktails were delicious and the food was exceptional. We were in Winchester for a weekend break, and this restaurant was the best part of the trip! I would thoroughly recommend

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TrishD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, good service, reasonably prices, beautiful setting. Front of house isn’t particular inviting and they didn’t mention it was our anniversary despite putting it in the booking which is a shame as plenty of other restaurants go that extra mile to make your experience bespoke but would go back again.

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NicoleQ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, and so was the atmosphere.
Words of advise though - do not rush your customers, let them go at their own pace, sometimes its better to give them the experience your restaurant offers appose to turning around tables

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mmm77
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a relaxing lunch with heart food. However the service was very slow and we had issues but they have sorted them out. That’s why service was 4*

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MarkJ
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was a gift for services rendered and what a memorable occasion it was, this being our first visit, I hope of many. The waiters were excellent hosts making us feel very welcome and enthusiastically sharing their passion for food and wine by providing an informative description of our choices. We particularly enjoyed the sea food main courses of plaice and sea bass and we departed already planning the next visit and showing the menu to friends and colleagues.

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DAWNF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal great ambience good wine choice. Really friendly place. Happily recommend just know it’s not gonna be cheap but worth it. The lamb was amazing the tart fine pastry could have been different more tart like instead of really thin, but tasted lovely.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice restaurant with great food and great drinks. The staff are all friendly, polite, professional and efficient. The building is over 500 years old which adds authenticity but the only downside is that on a very hot summer evening it is quite warm inside. However that did not detract from the ambience and all of the other positives this restaurant has to offer. I would highly recommend a visit if you are looking for a lovely meal and excellent service.

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JuliaC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall we had an amazing evening. We had the taster menu which was superb. The only downside was the temperature. It was a very warm evening and we literally melted but not enough to spoil the evening

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NatalieW
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Chesil Rectory several times and have never been disappointed with the service. The food is always exquisite and it has a warm and welcoming atmosphere to match. I would definitely recommend to a friend. Can't wait for my next visit!

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NigelC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for a friend’s retirement and my hubbys birthday. Food was beautiful, service was attentive. We really enjoyed our evening.

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JonathanM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Lovely food. Attentive but not intrusive service. Sommelier's recommendation for an Italian summer red was a really good find.

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JohnS
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great food in nice surroundings and reasonably priced

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ThomasO
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food, good service and a lovely building.

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Chris
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable meal at the Chesil Rectory this week. Staff were attentive, food hot and tasty. Felt that prices were very reasonable for quality and quantity versus other establishments in winchester.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service- highly recommend

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SteveP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurnat in Winchester - always great food, friendly service and lovely surroundings

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SimonR
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely fabulous restaurant!! Food was fresh, tasty and mouth-watering. Friendly service too. Can't recommend it enough...

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
10 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chesil Rectory is my favorite restaurant in Winchester. I don't go there very often but when I do it's always amazing.

The early evening menu is very good value for money and the food is delicious.

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Khol1
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food thank you. Great food good ambiance. One downside was that the drinks area when you went in was slightly disorganised but other than that very good.

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johnm
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very good food and service. we have recently moved to Winchester and so far this is the best restaurant we have found

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MTT225
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening.... outstanding food... very enjoyable

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Karlos
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came along for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We have never been before and have heard positive reviews. We were not disappointed. |Outstanding food and good value for money.

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AaronG
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unfortunately in the hot weather and this being a very old grade 2 listed building there was no air conditioning which made it ridiculously hot inside, however the restaurant had put fans out to try and improve the comfort levels, the service was excellent as was the food, a bit on the pricey side £90 for 2 people, but worth it for a special occasion

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Peter
Berkshire
30 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with friendly and professional staff. Thank you

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CarmenR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice atmosphere and an amazing menu who leave us wanting to come back!

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was an extremely warm evening but the food was delicious. Still having difficulty in having to accept 'chilled' red wine but, to be fair, it soon warmed up! Staff were friendly, courteous and efficient.

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Salbal
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu, with matched wines, and it was sublime. Perfect size portions so we felt comfortably full, with the advantage of trying some dishes we may not normally have chosen. The wine pairings were perfect, enjoyed every thing about the menus - would thoroughly recommend.

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Dipta
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening celebrating our son passing his professional exams. The cocktails were great as was the food & service. One of the best meals out we have had out in a while.

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The Chesil Rectory is rated 4.6 stars by 887 OpenTable diners.