Cozy Sunday lunch at The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

I was incredibly excited about Sunday lunch with my hubby at The Chesil Rectory, Winchester.

The third most romantic restaurant in Britain (tick); 600 year old grade II listed Medieval house (wow – tick); Hampshire Food and drink award winner (tick).

We stopped in Winchester for Sunday lunch knowing we were driving past the ancient town. As The Chevril Rectory is situated just on the edge of Winchester, just a stroll from a car park, it was a hassle free stop.

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The building itself has an incredible history.

As soon as you enter it’s ancient door it’s charm and character is extraordinary.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

I climb the twisted wooden stair case to explore the private dining rooms that sit alongside a cozy little bar.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

‘Please mind your head’ is painted all over above the ancient doorframes.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

I think this room is gorgeous. I can’t think of a more perfect room for an intimate family Christmas dinner, a romantic Wedding Anniversary do or New Years lunch.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The vintage chandelier is hung with festive foliage and gives drama to the room.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

It’s not surprising that they get booked up early over Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentines Day. The atmosphere is simply wonderful.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Back down stairs and sat at our table the more sophisticated festive songs play subtly.

Hubby and I got a surge of Christmas spirit. You know every year you wonder when it’ll kick in, well it did. We sat at our little table with soppy grins positively glowing with festive cheer.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

We placed our order and settled back as the restaurant slowly filled up with couples and family groups.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Soaking up the historic atmosphere and a glass of cold Prosecco.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

A fantastic little basket of sourdough bread arrived, with butter, oil and some Moroccan spices. One very happy hubby.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Soup of the day – a very yummy white bean with a truffle cappuccino. Hubby came over all Marcus Wareing ala Masterchef and can confirm that the cappuccino foam did definitely add something to the dish.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

My palte looked rather simple. But actually didn’t need any bells and whistles. It was light and flavoursome. The Red wine and Port shallots went perfectly with this silky chicken liver parfait.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Next came our Roast Topside of Beef & all the trimmings.

It’s one of those moments you grin at each other with wide ‘don’t get in my way’ eyes.

‘Yes, please. Thanks’ to a dollop of horseradish cream and we dived in.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Hidden beneath is all those delicious trimmings.

Those creamy cauliflower florets…

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

After an exceptional roast we were getting full, but couldn’t resist sampling dessert.

Dark chocolate and mint marquise with Crème Vanille. Andy loved this, eating slowly and considered (that’s how I know. Then things waste good, you either gobble or savour).

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

My Vanilla Rice Pudding with Cranberry and orange jam. Creamy, sweet heaven that had me scraping the bowl round the spoon.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

The restaurant sell these little pots of pear chutney. We bought a couple, you know, for the christmas cheese, ham and the like. OK, one pot might be opened for supper…

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

We had a wonderfully romantic feast at The Rectory, Winchester – get your better half or a bunch of loved ones and book up soon – book ahead though, it’s very popular (for good reason).

The Chesil Rectory Restaurant
1 Chesil Street,
Winchester,
Hampshire SO23 0HU

Telephone: 01962 851 555

Car parking available in long stay multi-story car park, a three minute walk away.

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  1. Used to live in Winchester and it looks just as good if not better than I remember it. Love the Mind your Head photo. Remember first time went there one of the waiters kept hitting his head on a particularly low beam…and then bouncing off it….claiming that he had got used to it. It was brilliant entertainment, to accompany the wonderful food and surroundings.

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    1. I’m so glad this post brought back some nice memories for you! From the feedback I’m getting it’s a much loved place. Thank you so much for leaving a comment xx

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