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Top Choice Cathedral in Winchester

Winchester Cathedral

One of southern England's most awe-inspiring buildings, 11th-century Winchester Cathedral boasts a fine Gothic facade, one of the longest medieval naves in Europe (164m), and a fascinating jumble of features from al…
Top Choice Historic Building in Winchester

Winchester College

Winchester College delivers a rare chance to nosey around a prestigious English private school. It was set up by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1393, 14 years after he founded Oxford's New College. Hour-l…
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 duck pastrami to be joined by pomegranate, turbot by squid ink, and pigeon breast by…
Top Choice Castle in Winchester

Wolvesey Castle

The fantastical, crumbling remains of early-12th-century Wolvesey Castle huddle in the protective embrace of the city's walls. Completed by Henry de Blois, it served as the Bishop of Winchester's residence throughou…
Historic Building in Winchester

Round Table & Great Hall

Winchester's cavernous Great Hall is the only part of 11th-century Winchester Castle that Oliver Cromwell spared from destruction. Crowning the wall like a giant-sized dartboard of green and cream spokes is what cen…
Historic Building in Winchester

Hospital of St Cross

Welcome to the oldest charitable institution in the country, founded in 1132 by the grandson of William the Conqueror, Henry de Blois. As well as healing the sick and housing the needy, the hospital was built to car…
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 scallops with thyme, to lamb with wild garlic, a…
British in Winchester

River Cottage Canteen

The setting is pretty idyllic – beside a rushing river in an imaginatively converted Georgian mill. Memorable food focuses on sustainable fish and 'dependable' meat, with flavour flourishes including burnt leek aiol…
Pub in Winchester

Black Boy

Two open fires, a random array of dented antiques, a clutch of draught ciders and five real ales make this a legendary local. Any time after noon, check to see if they still have any Black Boy Bangers (£2.50) – a sa…
Wine Bar in Winchester

Black Bottle

Shabby-chic decor and board games put this cool but friendly bar firmly on your must-visit list – that, plus the 140 vintages you can sample from self-service wine machines.