No 5 Bridge St. Bar, Kitchen & Rooms, Winchester 21/25

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No 5 Bridge Street

award.gold  21/25 ££££+

5 Bridge Street

Winchester

Hampshire SO23 OHN

Tel: 01962 863838

Website: idealcollection.co.uk/no5bridgestreet

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Public car parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

This restaurant features in our Discount Directory & is offering a complimentary glass of house wine for LWL Card Holder + max 3 guests when ordering 2 or more courses. (See Discount Directory for t’s & c’s) If you don’t have a LWL Discount Card, click here to find out more – and start saving!

As we last reviewed No 5 sometime ago Ideal Collection invited us to re review to introduce their new website and of course their latest menus. We were delighted to accept and happy to report that we found everything still up to their high standards including the food and the staff!

We love the décor; a very stylish bar area painted in lovely sludgy colours and with lots of exposed timber and substantial wooden tables. This theme carries on through to the restaurant with an open kitchen. We were sat very near to it, we love being able to see where all the action is! In the Summer it would be lovely sit on their attractive terrace, not on this visit though, far too cold.

Having ordered a bottle of Paddock Chardonnay (£18.50) we enjoyed Artisan Breads served with Pratt’s oil, apple balsamic & dukkah & marinated olives to nibble on whilst we settled down to study what is an innovative menu created by chef Phil Reeves. It includes some unusual items and dishes to suit every requirement (check it out on their website). There are several different selections including one called smaller plates, ideal for a lighter appetite or order several to share. There are also sandwiches (they looked delicious) and salads.

Our choices: From No 5 Classics, Hampshire Beef Shin Cottage Pie, Black Jack porter braised beef shin, cheese mash with buttered kale. From the Grill, Local Pork Tenderloin served with SM’s choice of Autumn slaw and watercress pesto sauce. From Smaller Plates Air Dried Tomato Tart with basil & ricotta and with a green salad as a side. From The Specials board. Ale battered hake with scallop roe, pea fritters, triple cooked chips and tartare sauce.

All the dishes were very enjoyable, (I loved my tomato tart) with original combinations of ingredients and flavours and were well presented but we did think there was a bit too much batter going on on the fish dish!

We were all satisfied but still managed to find space for a pudding tasting, just 2 between us: White Chocolate & Peanut Butter ‘Blondie’ with raspberry jam and banana ice cream and Dark Chocolate Delice with coffee ice cream and salt caramel sauce. Both were heavenly the “Blondie” being my favourite but we would have liked more of the delicious caramel sauce with the delice.

All the staff were so lovely and welcoming and very knowledgeable about the food. He will most probably kill me for telling you but Chef kindly took the time to write out the recipe for dukkah for us. (DONT ask for it if he’s very busy!)

No 5 comes highly recommended! We really enjoyed our lunch and we were looked after very well. It’s a great destination for food at all times of day but would imagine that at night the bar is very atmospheric! They have live music nights and It also has some very attractive boutique rooms available, check out all the details on their website.

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: No 5 Bridge Street

award.gold LWL Gold Award awarded February 2015

Cost ££££+

4/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

5/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money

21/25 Total yummy factor. Review CJ

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!