The Chesil Rectory

4.6
875 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

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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.
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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Parking Details
Car parking available in long stay multi-story car park, a one minute walk away.
Additional
Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

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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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

As usual great food in nice surroundings and reasonably priced

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Very nice food, good service and a lovely building.

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4.0Dined on 1 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Lovely food and service- highly recommend

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Excellent meal with friendly and professional staff. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 18 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Wonderfully imaginative food, excellent presentation and good portions. A relaxed but effective atmosphere. Friendly well trained staff. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Good Sunday lunch with very pleasant and historic surroundings and courteous staff.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Stopped for dinner at thus restaurant on the way back from Goodwood FOS.
Amazing building with lot of history and incredible authentic food.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Cannot fault this restaurant visited for my 50th birthday and the food and service were outstanding we had a fabulous evening.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Excellent service, great food, great ambience. What more can you want?

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

An excellent meal with family for a special birthday. No problems with taking a 4 week old baby, though it would have been nice to have slightly better changing facilities. Food is always very good as is excellent advice on wine matching. We arrived for lunch at 12 pm and left around 3. The restaurant was very accommodating and showed no signs of wanting us to leave, though they officially close at 2.20.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

We had a lovely evening. Our waiter was friendly with a great sense of humour. The leek tart was fabulous but maybe a little strong before the sole? Maybe a feistier main would be better. The pork cheek, lamb and duck were greatly appreciated by those who had them. Will be back.

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