Restaurants

Top Choice Modern British in Winchester

Black Rat

The aromas are irresistible, the food frankly fabulous, the cooking highly technical and the ingredients dare to surprise – expect lamb neck to be joined by beer-and-onion purée, black pudding by scallops, and charr…
British in Winchester

River Cottage Canteen

The setting is pretty idyllic – beside a rushing river in an imaginatively converted Georgian mill. And the food is memorable too: plump for vegetable or meat sharing platters, sole with seaweed butter, or a spicy w…
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Still & West

Genius: two great British institutions in one – a fish and chip outlet inside a pub. Your fried delights come wrapped in traditional chippy paper, so buy a pint, bag a window table and tuck in while watching the clo…
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A Bar

A laid-back spot to sample local produce and soak up local life – the menu is strong on fish that's been landed just yards away, while cider-drinking fisherfolk prop up the bar from midafternoon. The wine list is se…
British in Winchester

Chesil Rectory

It's almost as if they created a checklist for a great date: hushed tones, flickering candles, dark beams. They get the food right too, from lighter offerings such as white onion risotto, to sticky, glossy beef ribs…
Pub Food in Portsmouth

Bridge Tavern

There's a strong seafood theme at this friendly pub – unsurprisingly, as it's set right beside the water on Portsmouth's historic Point district. Bag a table beside the quay and tuck into fish pie, fish curry or the…
Pub Food in Portsmouth

Old Customs House

The best of Gunwharf Quays' numerous eateries, this smart pub occupies an 18th-century former Royal Marine hospital. Now better-than-average bar food (think confit rabbit leg, goats cheese and quinoa salad, and sea …
Pub Food in Winchester

Old Vine

Ask for table with a view of Winchester's captivating Cathedral Green, soak up the mellow, old-inn atmosphere, then choose between comfort food (beef, mushroom and ale pie) and fancier fare: perhaps a melting lamb s…