The Chesil Rectory, Winchester 20/25


The Chesil Rectory

award.silver  20/25 £££££

1 Chesil Street


Hampshire SO23 0HU

Tel: 01962 851 555


Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Long stay multi story 3 mins away

Wheelchairs: Not easy

Loos: Above average


We cannot believe that it has been 5 years since our last visit!   We were the same 5 and much to our delight the Lunchtime/Early Evening menu has only increased by £1 for 2 courses, now £15.95 and has stayed the same for 3 courses, £19.95.

Congratulations to Mark Dodd and his Team for continuing to serve freshly cooked, flavoursome food for reasonable prices with excellent service.

The menu consists of three choices for each course. The starters: Roast carrot and coriander soup, Warm Scotch egg, peppercorn crème fraiche and Secrett’s leaves, Torched mackerel, beetroot dressing with horseradish cream.

The Main courses: Winter vegetable fritters with pickled walnut mayonnaise, Venison, smoked bacon and baby onion pie with spiced cabbage, mash and gravy, Cod Pave, grain mustard Veloute, Spring onion crushed potatoes and broccoli. See their website for the puddings.

We were very satisfied and therefore decided no puds just coffee and the petite fours are included!  The Italian red from Puglia was a bit harsh but got better with food, £23.00! The Chesil Rectory comes highly recommended, lovely food and very good value for money.

May 2010 Chesil Rectory has just been awarded Hampshire Restaurant of the Year 2010 at Hampshire, The County Magazine’s Awards! Once again we were five go eating! We chose the Chesil Rectory as 4 out 5 of us had not been before and we all like Winchester!  LWL first visited when Mark and Eleanor Dodd, Chef Damien Brown, Katie Wickham and Ian Longhorn launched their new venture in 2008.

It is a wonderful venue being a charming 15th Century building with low ceilings, old beams and a cosy feel. Upstairs there is a private dining area seating up to 14.

The lunch menu offers incredibly good value at £14.95 for two courses or £19.95 for three. (This is also available for early supper Mon – Sat, 6-7pm, not Sundays). From the three choices at each course we chose the following: Starters – Spring Vegetable Broth with flaked ham and Salad of Plum tomato, Laverstoke mozzarella with garlic croutons. Main Courses – Confit of Chicken leg, potato puree, Stockbridge mushrooms, with sprouting broccoli, Fish & chips, minted peas, together with homemade tartar sauce, Pan fried potato dumplings, watercress, peas and broad beans. Puds – Raspberry sorbet with homemade shortbread, Lemon mousse with candied zest and Hampshire Rose blue cheese, celery, chutney and biscuits. An enjoyable Italian red at £19.95 was our tipple and we finished with good coffee.

We were all very happy with our fresh, delicious food, the size of the portions and presentation, no wonder Chesil Rectory are doing good business and winning awards – see their site! Their Sunday Roasts sound very tempting!


Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Chesil Rectory

award.silver LWL Silver Award awarded April 2015

Cost £££££

4/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

4/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money

20/25 Total yummy factor. Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!