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Unique dining experiences in Winchester

Cheese and Chilli 2021
Cheese and Chilli 2021

Winchester is known as a foodie haven, and what better way to ‘taste’ this out for yourself than to dine at one of the more unusual restaurants in the district. Discover five unique dining experiences below.

Alfresco dining at the Hambledon Vineyard

We just love this new dining experience brought to you by Hambledon’s expert winemakers – it’s time to dine within the vines and centre your meal around world beating English fizz at the Hambledon Vineyard. Sit back and relax in England’s oldest vineyard and celebrate Hampshire’s great local produce carefully chosen by the Hambledon Vineyard team. Try smoked Hampshire chalk stream trout, Hampshire cheeses and Hampshire charcuterie, and of course England’s finest bubbles born from the very vines you will be sitting amongst.

Hambledon Vneyard in autumn

Hambledon Vineyard

A romantic meal at the Chesil Rectory

Step inside the oldest commercial property in Winchester and relax amongst the vintage chandeliers and beautiful botanical decorations for a truly intimate dining experience. The Chesil Rectory’s chefs use an abundance of seasonal, local Hampshire produce to create their delicious and unique menu. You’ll be sitting in this historic building which has been a restaurant for the last 75 years, in England’s ancient capital.

Take a culinary journey to Japan at Kyoto Kitchen

Get ready for a gastronomic journey tasting the delights of Japan. You will discover interesting textures and techniques and delicious flavours from locally sourced ingredients. Take your taste-buds on a tasty trip with a menu that celebrates both the traditional and the modern with a superb cocktail, wine and spirit menu to compliment each dish – and of course the traditional tipple Japanese Sake.

Kyoto Kitchen Sashimi

Kyoto Kitchen Sashimi

Enjoy one of life’s pleasures in luxury at Lainston House

This five star country house is the perfect place to treat yourselves to a much awaited dinner out. Sit on the pretty Indian stone terrace within the 63 acres of stunning parkland, and enjoy whatever your stomach desires from a refreshing glass of Pimms to a fine award-winning dinner. Grab a loved one and enjoy some fine-dining as you gaze down the avenue of limes. Or if you are looking to while away a lazy summer’s afternoon, nowhere does a quintessential English Afternoon Tea quite like Lainston House.

Afternoon tea at Lainston House Hotel

Afternoon tea at Lainston House Hotel

Try one of the newest menus in Winchester at Inn the Park

As we start to explore the district again this can be the perfect time to try something new at one of the new eateries arriving in Winchester. Set in a beautiful historic mill in Abbey Gardens, Inn the Park is an independent eatery with an open grill restaurant; stylish bar; all day café and a decadent wine room, event space, bottle shop and terrace overlooking Abbey Gardens. This is the perfect place to enjoy casual dining or a romantic evening for two.

Outside Inn the Park

For more dining experiences take a look at more restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars on our food and drink pages.

Remember to check the website of each venue before you plan to visit as you may need to book in advance. Please also continue to follow the latest government guidance.