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The Chesil Rectory

4.6
809 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
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 809 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food here is superb. The food is creative and cooked to perfection. The staff are very attentive. Overall it is great here and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

OUTSTANDING......the best in Winchester by far. We will be back very soon thank you so much

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated a birthday here and had a great time. Food was incredibly tasty and well portioned, staff were welcoming and professional and the character of the buiding really adds to the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Excellent meal, service and ambience. Only disappointment was that we booked for a big 40th birthday treat but there was no mention of the birthday at all during our meal - a small gesture would have been well received.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We celebrated my wife's birthday and our wedding anniversary with a meal at the Chesil Rectory. It was a very happy evening - excellent food, service and ambience.
We will definitely go again, and recommend it to our friends.

Our thanks to all the Chesil Rectory team.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Great food and friendly, professional service. All set inside an old, traditional building, nicely decorated and with a lovely ambience. Just mind your head in low doorways!

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5.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Lovely building; great food; friendly unpretentious service.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Excellent meal in a beautiful building in the heart of Winchester. The food was on point, locally sourced and fresh, and most importantly incredibly tasty. Great value if you get the 3 course menu option!

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Chesil Rectory is beautiful and the staff are attentive. They adapted the menu to suit my needs as I have a dairy allergy but it's probably not a good choice if you're a bit fussy as the menu is small.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Venue fit for the set of Poldark. An exquisite building with an eclectic set of rooms, a well stocked bar with lots of unusual gins, splendid taster menu served at nicely spaced intervals. Food was simply stunning, every course a delight, with accommodating and cheerful staff. Highly recommended
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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Despite the road outside literally being dug up as we ate our meal (totally beyond the control of the restaurant) it was betty enjoyable. Much much better than the over priced, recently opened Ivy in Winchester.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

As usual a very good meal, good service and not overly expensive, basically a great place to eat in a building that dates back 600 years what is there not to like,

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Lovely food and friendly service for our wedding anniversary

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

The food is uniformly exquisite though pricey. Try to avoid sitting near the traffic during the day.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

We have been to this restaurant for over 10 times but can never make any compliants to their food and people.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

The tasting menu was delicious and it had a bunch of the items we wanted to try from the full menu. The wine pairings were spot on!

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Restaurant once inside is full of history, lovely setting. Tables are extremely close, this was one off point. Price of food for the quality of food felt worth while from our point of view. As a treat it was an enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on 24 May 2018

The Chesil Rectory never fails to disappoint if we want to impress our relatives and friends when coming for the first time to Winchester. Lovely food, ambience and service. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Another outstanding meal! Fantastic wine fantastic food! The added touch of bringing my wife out a birthday treat after the dinner was very nice of them!

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Excellent food. Great service. Nice wine. We will come back ;)

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We were very much looking forward to this evening and weren’t disappointed. Glorious old building, warm greeting and our table was soon ready for us. Lovely ambience. The menu was diverse and interesting and everything we had was well prepared and presented as well as delicious. The waiting staff were pleasant and attentive.

We would happily eat here again. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Some friends and I went to the Chesil Rectory on Saturday night. We all had the tasting menu and three of us had the matching wines. The food and wine was delicious and the serving staff delightful but the food took an age to arrive. We waited an hour for our starter and while subsequent courses were quicker, it then felt a bit rushed. Would go back if in Winchester but would hope they had sorted themselves out.

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

The food and atmosphere at the chissle are second to nine

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Very nice very romantic setting. Had a lovely evening with my partner enjoy a special occasion. The service and the staff were both very polite and had a very good knowledge of the food and the different wines and beers available. The good was some of the best I have tasted in a long time and am looking forward to going back there again very soon . My only advice would be book early as it is a very popular and busy restaurant

Many thanks for a really nice night baby

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Great location with lots of ambiance and an excellent bar and floor team who knew their stuff and weren’t afraid to be individuals. Menu is heavy and quirky - tough to find good choices on a warm hot weekend

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Lovely building and the food was excellent. Will definitely be returning,

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Absolutely exquisite. Excellent staff, particularly our waitress. Exceptional food, served piping hot. An absolute joy, would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Had a lovely meal to celebrate our 45 th wedding anniversary food and service was excellent will definitely be going back..

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Our first night out since Christmas due to busy family life. We were very exited about our child-free night and invited some friends to join us. There was a slight mix-up with our table but this was very easily resolved. We all opted for the tasting menu which was lovely and we all enjoyed it. The only thing that slightly affected our evening was the couple on the table next to us. They were practically silent for most of their evening, which made us feel a bit awkward as we were enjoying our evening and letting our hair down. We couldn’t work out if it was a first date or if they were together but neither of them looked like they wanted to be there.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Lovely old building, great ambience, friendly and efficient service and lovely food.
Will definitely come again. The whole place is pretty but upstairs is amazing!

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

The Chesil Rectory never fails to deliver. Delicious food, excellent service and lovely ambience. We have taken to going there for all our celebration meals

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Delicious food from a very creative menu (notably the vegetarian options) in a beautiful restaurant full of history and character. Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

We booked online from home for a special meal during a long weekend to Winchester, after looking at review sites online. The restaurant itself is in a lovely ancient building full of character and charm, with the added bonus of being only a 10-minute walk from our hotel. There was a good but select choice on the menu including meat, fish and vegetarian dishes with knowledgeable staff to help you make your final choice. The wine list was nice with several options from local vineyards. We had an award-winning blancs de blanc 'champagne' from a vineyard near Winchester - excellent! - and many of the ingredients in the dishes are very local too. As the English asparagus season has just started, there were several asparagus 'specials' on offer, one of which I had as a starter and it was delicious. Everything was beautifully served on the plate and well cooked. We both thoroughly enjoyed our food, as well as the very good but unobtrusive service from the staff and the ambience of dining in a 15th-century building with all the foibles that go with that, such as low doorways, slightly wonky floors, beams and so on. All in all a very special evening - thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Ate here whilst staying in Winchester for a weekend. Good selection of well cooked and presented food, nice range of wines and the staff were the highlight - very warm and welcoming, great knowledge of the menu and ingredients and really couldn’t do enough for us. The building itself has a lot of character and adds to the experience. If I didn’t live 2 hours drive away this would be a regular destination for a celebration meal.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great little find, food was really delicious and the 2 course set menu was good value

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

An excellent restaurant which we've known for many years.
Only one minor criticism : the entrance door step is an enormous step down!

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Girls get together. Lovely asparagus starter menu. Sea bass and lamb were delicious. We have put it at the top of our list of favourites and will be back.

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Excellent, attentive service. Fantastic menu and high quality, delicious food at every course. Thoroughly earns its reputation as an amazing experience

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Excellent value, lovely setting, lovely friendly staff

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Great food, fantastic Portuguese red wine and outstanding service. Five star meal.

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