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Winchester’s Newest Pub: The Cart and Horses


4 July 2023

Following three months of extensive renovation works, The Cart and Horses has announced that it will officially open its doors for its first service on Tuesday 25th July.

Situated on London Road, Kings Worthy, the Grade II listed building is currently undergoing a sensitive restoration, with beautiful new interiors and a thoughtfully designed pub garden, complete with outside bar and firepit.

With parts of the building dating back to the 18th century, the renovation showcases some of the venue’s original features including conservation-protected brickwork, open fireplaces and a reimagination of the old Coach House as a private dining area, complete with its very own private entrance. A centralised bar, showcasing the building’s original 18th century oak beams, will be home to an extensive drinks range including three ale taps, bottled beers, spirits, cocktails and a collection of over 45 bottles of sommelier-selected world wines. An array of non-alcoholic drinks will also be available alongside coffees proudly created in partnership with ethical roasters, Paddy & Scott’s, all served daily from 8.30am.

Throughout the transformation, the guests’ experience has been at the forefront of the design. Dedicated dining and drinking areas have been created both inside and out, including a private dining room which seats up to ten guests and is available to exclusively book for any special occasion from baby showers and birthday brunches to family get-togethers.

With reservations now open, guests can eagerly await the pub’s carefully curated food menu designed by Executive Chef, Ben Silvester and newly appointed Head Chef, Aaron Reay. Celebrating provenance and the best of seasonal British produce, the menu offers options for all occasions from grazing Small Plates to Sunday Roasts with all the trimmings. Ben Jones, the newly appointed general manager at The Cart and Horses, said:

“The Cart and Horses is really something special and to see it all start to come together these last few weeks has been amazing. Whether you’re dropping in for a pint, getting together with friends and family for a Sunday lunch or hosting a celebratory dinner, we’ve considered every detail to make sure we can give our guests the best experience. I can’t wait to open the doors and finally welcome locals in.”

Head Chef, Aaron Reay added:

“We’re all about serving great food, from sharing plates and stix, to artisan pizzas, plus a brunch menu worth dedicating a morning to. We want to offer our customers a menu that takes them from brunch through to supper. The menu will have seasonal updates throughout the year, ensuring that we can offer delicacies from the British Isles that are only available throughout certain seasons. So, from Sunday Roasts using British produce to the pubs new summer dishes such as King Scallops with marinated Isle of Wight Heritage Tomatoes and Dressed Cromer Crab with boiled egg, truffle mayonnaise and rosemary salted fries, we know that we are offering something just that little bit more special here.”

The Cart and Horses will be open daily from 8.30am serving brunch through to evening supper and drinks. Click here for more information.