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The Chesil Rectory

4.6
718 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Cosy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 2:20pm, 6pm - 9.30pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:20pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 9pm
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Phone number
01962 851555
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Damian Brown
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Katie Brown: 01962 851555
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Parking Details
Car parking available in long stay multi-story car park, a one minute walk away.
Additional
Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 718 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ellie 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great welcome and drinks. Food took a while but was amazing. Service was mostly brilliant other than one fairly unfriendly server (we were the youngest patrons there and we couldn’t help but feel that this was the cause of the unfriendliness as this server was very nice and chatty to other customers!). Luckily the other brilliant staff members more than made up for this and the food and drinks were brilliant!

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Loopylu (London)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Having seen many great reviews on trip advisor for this restaurant, we chose to eat Sunday lunch here for the first time. Easy free parking on a Sunday in the nearby multi-storey, welcoming atmosphere, clean and cosy, attentive service and well presented, delicious, traditional sunday roasts on offer with other options as well. The starters were also of a very high standard. We didnt have space for dessert on this occasion but will definitely be recommending this venue and will come again to sample the a la carte menu. The interior of the building is quirky and cosy as is the exterior very impressive if you want to step back in time or give your guests a history lesson!

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JennyH 
5.0  Dined on 18 February 2018

Amazing food! We tried everything on the menu between the group and everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 17 February 2018

A really flawless experience. Great food and wine and brilliant service and setting

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KathrynE (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 16 February 2018

Amazing food and outstanding service. Worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 16 February 2018

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere - we have come here many times and will come again!

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GillO (London)
5.0  Dined on 16 February 2018

It never disappoints. We don’t go very often but always, the food, the service and choice of wine in lovely surroundings makes eating at The Chesil Rectory a real treat.

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MaggieT (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 15 February 2018

The food was delicious, with very original accompaniments. All the ingredients were of the highest quality.
The staff were very friendly and efficient. It was the first evening of our honeymoon and the waiter brought us macarons and dessert wine as a gift to celebrate. The restaurant is the most beautiful, historic venue for any occasion. We would definitely recommend Chisel Rectory and return ourselves.

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IanW (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 13 February 2018

A wonderful evening , amazing food set in an old historic building .Superb service .

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 13 February 2018

We went for lunch and the food, service and general atmosphere were very good. We will go again soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 12 February 2018

Beautiful food, excellent service from Izzy and lovely setting and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 12 February 2018

This was my second visit to Chesil Rectory and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I had the ham hock terrine with pineapple chutney as a starter, and the chutney went superbly well with the ham. For mains I had the duck breast with the confit leg pie and peppercorn jus, again excellent. The pie in particular had a great depth of flavour. There were three of us in the party so we ordered the three side dishes - honey roasted seasonal root veg, paprika spiced new potatoes and sauteed kale in raisin and almond butter - all were delicious and I could've eaten a whole plate of the potatoes!

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OpenTable Diner (Edinburgh)
5.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

Staff were very pleasant and attentive. We had a 3 course meal and the food was delicious. Best meal we have had in a long time. The restaurant was warm and cosy. It was perfect for a romantic meal on an extra cold day. We will definitely be returning soon.

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PauS (Oxford)
5.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

Great food and service at a reasonable price (given the quality of the food). Lovely building/atmosphere too.

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James (Hampshire)
5.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

This was my second visit to Chesil Rectory and I am pleased to see that it is still an amazing restaurant. Good service, a wonderful old building and amazing food. I believe this to be the best restaurant in Winchester and thoroughly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner (Hampshire)
4.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

Good and honest fresh food, reasonably priced. Also the wines are tasty.

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Discerningdiner (Hampshire)
3.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

The Chesil Rectory has a lovely atmosphere, although I preferred the table at my last visit which was warmer on a chilly night next to the fire. On Saturday we were seated in the room to the left which was draughty around my feet.

The service was generally very good with just the right amount of time left between serving courses. The food however was a little disappointing, we chose from the a la carte menu and the sea bass main course was under cooked and the fish impossible to cut. The waitress promptly took it back to the kitchen and it was returned within about 5 minutes, but there seemed to be less fish, and it looked a bit of a mess. Whilst I understand this is a difficult situation to remedy it would be better had it been cooked properly in the first place. All other courses were enjoyable but not amazing. It would have been nice in a restaurant of this calibre to have a few little extras thrown in like some small canapés whilst enjoying a very expensive gin and tonic at the bar, or some petit fours with coffee.

There are a lot of restaurants to chose from in Winchester and I think it is unlikely that I will be back at the Chesil Rectory for some time.

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RS12345 (London)
5.0  Dined on 9 February 2018

The food is fantastic, including really creative vegetarian options. The interior design is beautiful

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AmandaJ 
5.0  Dined on 9 February 2018

Food & service from all the staff was exceptional, cannot fault anything. We also love the fact the building is so old & has so much history & character. With the roaring fire it’s lovely & cosy too. A perfect evening.

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Terval (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on 9 February 2018

We had a very enjoable meal to celebrate our company AGM. The beef carpaccio was superb as was our main courses pork loin and duck breast. A memorable occaison

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