The Chesil Rectory
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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.
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:20pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 9pm
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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
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*
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Visited for a friend’s retirement and my hubbys birthday. Food was beautiful, service was attentive. We really enjoyed our evening.
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.
As usual great food in nice surroundings and reasonably priced
Very nice food, good service and a lovely building.
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.
Lovely food and service- highly recommend
My favourite restaurnat in Winchester - always great food, friendly service and lovely surroundings
Absolutely fabulous restaurant!! Food was fresh, tasty and mouth-watering. Friendly service too. Can't recommend it enough...
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.
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.
very good food and service. we have recently moved to Winchester and so far this is the best restaurant we have found
Lovely evening.... outstanding food... very enjoyable
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.
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
Excellent meal with friendly and professional staff. Thank you
A nice atmosphere and an amazing menu who leave us wanting to come back!
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.
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.
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.
The environment was cosy and very historic. The service was very good, not too formal and quite friendly.
The food was somewhat disappointing. We went for the 5 course tasting menu:
Gazpacho was OK
Plaice was delicious.
Pigeon was underdone and a little slimy, strongly flavoured.
Lamb was very rare
Dessert was the start of the show, rhubarb jelly with mango sorbet - delicious and very refreshing.
Having not been here for a couple of years we were very pleased to find that it had greatly improved and we had the most delicious and interesting lunch. The staff were most attentive and helpful and we will definitely be returning again, this time with friends.
Wonderfully imaginative food, excellent presentation and good portions. A relaxed but effective atmosphere. Friendly well trained staff. Highly recommended.
Good Sunday lunch with very pleasant and historic surroundings and courteous staff.
Stopped for dinner at thus restaurant on the way back from Goodwood FOS.
Amazing building with lot of history and incredible authentic food.
Cannot fault this restaurant visited for my 50th birthday and the food and service were outstanding we had a fabulous evening.
Traditional British comfort food done very well in a lovely old timber-framed pub. Probably more of a winter pub than a summer one (was a bit hot downstairs) but the ambience was still great. Loved the pan-fried gnocchi and lamb. Dessert not quite as good but still pretty tasty.
Excellent service, great food, great ambience. What more can you want?