The Old Vine, Winchester, 20/25


The Old Vine 20/25

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8 Great Minster Street
SO23 9HA

Tel:01962 854616


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking:Local car parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

award.silver LWL Silver Award – Awarded December 2011 – Cost £££££ & Renewed December 2014

December 2014  Once again we were visiting the Christmas Market but thank goodness this time the weather was wonderful, cold but gloriously sunny. Also I was lunching with both my daughter in laws and my grandchildren who are over here from OZ for Christmas so a very special occasion.The Old VIne did not disappoint, the Aussie contingent were very impressed with the oldie worlde charm and the roaring fire… just as they imagined an English pub should be at Christmas.  It does have a lovely atmosphere.As on our last visit it was very busy so again strongly recommend booking.P1110069I loved my starter, Fresh pear & Dorset Blue Vinny cheese salad with little gem lettuce, peppery rocket leaves,
walnuts, pomegranate seeds & sticky balsamic glaze and for my main I chose the same as on my last visit, Slow-cooked Hampshire steak, Ringwood ale & mushroom cottage pie topped with cheesy potato mash, served with chantenay carrots & garden peas in herb butter. Both courses were delicious and everyone else, including the children, thoroughly enjoyed their food.

The service was still very good from a young and friendly staff. We had a very enjoyable lunch and left feeling full of Christmas cheer and sauvignon blanc! I highly recommend The Old Vine.


December 2011 Last Thursday at long last I got to visit the Christmas market in Winchester; sadly it must have been the wettest and windiest day of the year! However once we set foot in the Old Vine I did begin to feel Christmassy. There is a warm glow to the place. It was very busy and as I can now see why everyone kept urging us to try it, strongly recommend booking. It was packed but we only had to wait 5 minutes for our table and several times we were assured we wouldn’t have to wait much longer. Once sat at our table we really relaxed and enjoyed prompt and attentive service. (In other words we got our much needed bottle of NZ Pinot Gris (£18) in no time at all!).
There is plenty to choose from on the menu and on the daily specials menu; how lovely to have a print off of the specials instead of having to get up to read (& promptly forget everything on it) a board.

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My choices, pictured, were Salad of beetroot & spinach with honey & mustard dressing, Rosary’s goat’s cheese & walnuts (simple but really delicious) and then the Home-made pie of the day: Hampshire steak, Ringwood ale & mushroom with a cheesy mash top, served with steamed peas & chantenay carrots. It was also delicious and contained a very generous amount of tender steak.

Two of the others also chose this as their main. JI had Creamy smoked haddock bake with spinach, carrots & béchamel sauce with dill, topped with cheese, served with peas & new potatoes. The other starter choices were Crispy baby squid rings in light breadcrumb, sweet chili dipping sauce, Warm leek, gruyere & Parmesan cheese tart and Home-made Hampshire pork, apricot & Spanish chorizo terrine.
After two lovely courses we were replete so finished with coffees. We’ll definitely go again as we really enjoyed the food and considering it was so busy were very impressed with the service. Thank you to all of you who recommended, we totally agree!  Cost £££££
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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 4/5
Variety of menu 4/5
Staff and service 4/5
Ambience & decor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5


Total Yummy Factor


Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)

2 thoughts on “The Old Vine, Winchester, 20/25

    • Very sorry Jennie, I have made 2 posts asking for understanding for all the notifications you are about to be flooded with. The reason is the main site has now been hacked into 5 times so I have taken the precaution of copying all the reviews to the Blog as I dont want to lose them all. Sorry you must have missed the posts but I hope I am forgiven, I am very depressed about the situation and this has been a lot of hard work. I cant repeat what I think of hackers. you WILL be pleased to hear The Old Vine was the last copy! Carol

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