Food & drink

Drawing on its rural resources, the ancient capital of England enjoys a growing reputation for local produce and fine fare, endorsed by the size and popularity of its thriving monthly farmers' market.

Enjoy a feast of fresh flavours.

When you’re out and about browse the menu for these local specialities or take a trip to a farm shop, delicatessen or restaurant across the district to see what’s fresh and seasonal locally.

Watercress: Winchester’s local leaf

Acres of watercress beds span the Itchen and Meon Valleys – see for yourself on the Mid Hants Railway. Celebrate this local leaf by taking part in the annual Watercress Festival held in Alresford during May.

Food from the chalk streams

The River Itchen, which runs through the heart of the Winchester, along with the River Test to the south west of Winchester, are famous for the wild trout which thrive in their clear, fast-running waters.

Mine's a pint

Look out for the Itchen Valley Brewery at Alresford, Suthwyk Ales at Southwick and the award-winning Flower Pots micro-brewery at Cheriton. If you want to see how the amber nectar is made, the Itchen Valley Brewery offers guided tours for groups.

Hampshire Fare's free guide to local producers of food, drink and craft in the county will help you seek out the best the region has to offer and includes details of foodie events throughout the year. Visit the Hampshire Fare website to request a copy.

Experience a taste of Hampshire.

Winchester plays host to the largest farmers' market in the country (second and last Sunday in the month) - with over 90 local producers showcasing the diverse range and quality of food available from Hampshire. Taste, try and buy delicious, fresh and locally produced food. You'll find everything from ostrich meat and home-baked bread to crabs fresh from the Solent.

Traditional inns, romantic restaurants and stylish bars.

If you're looking for a quintessential country inn with a roaring log fire, a cosy candlelit restaurant for two or a charming tea room to grab a quick bite to eat or afternoon tea, you're sure to find something in the city or countryside surrounding Winchester. You'll find a range of cuisine from Sushi, Thai, Indian and Spanish to great Britsh favourites served in some of Winchester's atmospheric and oldest buildings.

Browse our listings above to find something to suit you.

Look out for our Hampshire Hospitality Award-winners - an award that celebrates the best of Hampshire's eating experiences. 

Enjoy a day out with a foodie twist.

Have a go at milling flour at Winchester City Mill, a delightful National Trust property perched over the fastflowing River Itchen. Children can also have a
go at quizzes and enjoy interactive exhibitions.

Take part in a 900-year-old tradition and request the Wayfarer’s Dole - a morsel of bread and beaker of ale - at The Hospital of St Cross, a medieval almshouse. Why not purchase a souvenir bottle of ale as a reminder of your visit?

Travel through 10 miles of Hampshire countryside aboard the Mid Hants Railway and stop off in Alresford - hub of the UK’s watercress industry - for a riverside walk past the watercress beds where you can purchase a souvenir bunch. Look out for family events and dining trains throughout the year.

And of course make sure you allow for a visit to a local restaurant, pub or cafe to fuel your exploration.

Download the Good Food Hampshire leaflet below for more ideas for great days out.

Good Food Hampshire.pdf

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