The Old Vine, Winchester, 20/25

 

The Old Vine 20/25

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8 Great Minster Street
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 9HA

Tel:01962 854616

Website:
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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

20/25

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)

The Chilworth Arms, Southampton – 17/25

The Chilworth Arms 17/25

The Chilworth Arms a.k.a. The Clump
Chilworth Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO16 7JZ

Tel:023 0766247

Website:www.chilwortharms.co.uk

Gluten Free: Yes

Parking: Adjacent

Wheelchairs: Easy

Loos: Average

bronze LWL Bronze Award – Awarded March 2014 Cost £££

 

December 2014 This is becoming one of our favourite venues as it is consistent with it’s food, the presentation, the taste and the service!

The Lunchtime Menu is still 2 courses for £12.50 and 3 for £15.50, such good value. From the new Menu we chose soup of the day, potato and leek served with crusty bread. Mains choices were marinated sticky chicken in a honey and chilli sauce, served with salad or chips. Salmon, cod and spinach fish cakes with salad and fries and last a Margherita pizza, thin base and the size of a dinner plate! Our puds were creme brulee and damson and apple crumble served with custard. Again good portion sizes and flavours, particularly the chicken dish and damson/apple crumble! Scrummy!

A good house red at £14.95 and coffee served with little biscuits, we were not disappointed. It gets to keep its Bronze Award.

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March 2014 We recently re-visited the Chilworth Arms, but this time to try out their lunchtime fixed price menu- 2 courses £12.50 and 3 courses £15.50.   The Starter choices were – Lamb Koftas, Soup of the Day, Salt and Pepper Squid, and Roasted Mushrooms with crusty bread.  Three chose the lamb koftas and two the salt & pepper squid.  Yummy!There are 5 choices for Main course  – Smoked Haddock, Spinach & Horseradish fish cakes, a large Mushroom, Feta & Onion Tart, Chicken Scallopini (stuffed chicken breast), Gammon steak and lastly Gnocchi. We chose the fish cake, the chicken and the tart.  Good portion sizes and flavours, only complaint…. the chicken was a bit dry.For Puddings – yes we did go for the three courses – Earl Grey crème brûlée, French lemon curd & almond sponge.  Apple & blackcurrant shortbread crumble and last choice a frozen Yoghurt & Fresh berries. We chose them all except for the crème brûlée.  They were well presented and mostly enjoyable.

We enjoyed a house red Shiraz and coffees and on the whole we all agreed it was excellent value.  The staff were good and its busy, booking is essential.

Delighted to up the scoring so The Chilworth Arms now has its Bronze Award back again! SM

 
August 2011 I recently re-visited this establishment with two girlfriends and for a Tuesday evening the place was very busy so table bookings are necessary.We started with a Mediterranean Meze Sharing Plate at £10.95, more than enough for the 3 of us!  It included: hummus, roasted vegetables, fregola, tzatziki, feta, spinach & ricotta pâté and flatbreads. Followed by good old fish and chips, Battered haddock, frites, tartare sauce and minted mushy peas, £10.95, Linguini, tiger prawns, crab, chorizo, chilli, tomato and white wine £11.95 and a Salad of crispy duck, mooli, carrots, hoisin, watercress, spring onion and plum sauce £11.45. The prawn linguine was slightly disappointing, not particularly good flavour and a sticky sauce!  The other dishes were fine.No puds, just coffee and together with wine Cost £££.Sadly we had to mark the service down a point so Chilworth Arms no longer has a Bronze award. Update SM

May 2009 Visited on a Monday and they were doing good business!  To start the 3 of us shared a rustic bread platter at £3.95, it would be an enormous portion for one.  We then had a minted lamb risotto £5.95, a salmon Nicoise salad £6.45 and a salmon linguini £5.45.  These were all small lite bite size portions but we all felt they were adequate and so therefore reasonably priced.

As it was supposed to be a summers evening we thought we’d drink a dry Hampton Rose at £14.   All good and well served, apart from when the wine was poured the waiter forgot to let one of try it first, fortunately we liked it !

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 3/5
Variety of menu 3/5
Staff and service 3/5
Ambience &décor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5


 

Total Yummy Factor

17/25

Report: SM

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)

The Bear & Ragged Staff , Michelmersh, Nr Romsey, 15/25

The Bear & Ragged Staff 15/25

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Stonymarsh, Michelmersh

Romsey Hampshire

SO51 0LB

Tel: 01794 368602

Website: bearandraggedstaff.net

Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

bronze_crown LWL Bronze Award – Re Awarded November 2014 – Cost £££

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One of my friends had a rack of ribs, another had goats cheese fritters, another lamb’s liver and I had the fish & chips. They were fine, typical pub grub and all of them enormous portions! Some of them may be ordered as “Bistro” portions….. smaller & suitable for children. They all come with a choice of salad or vegetables and a choice of potato. Some of the items on the menu are marked with a C, they may be adjusted to suit a coeliac diet. We had various drinks and coffees so our bill was slightly under £££ CJ

August 2012 After completing a 5 mile hike around Mottisfont, we chose the Bear and Ragged Staff for our lunch.  We stopped off before the walk to pre-order as we were 12 and this pub does get busy! We had various choices from the Specials board, mainly fish dishes priced around £10.95. A Ploughman’s at £8.95, which was more like a ham and cheese salad with brown cottage loaf, apple, pickles, coleslaw etc.   Overall everyone was pleased, good size portions, separate side dishes of vegetables not over-cooked, and nicely presented. A few had puddings at £4.75 and coffees.

An establishment with a nice atmosphere, friendly staff and also it has a good sized outside eating area. We are happy to have upped the food score to 3/5. Cost £££ SM.

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December 2010 An in between Christmas and New Year get together and an important one, it was almost JI’s first outing since her hip op so an important occasion that needed to be celebrated!  We chose The Bear & Ragged Staff as it’s in her territory.

On entering very impressed with the cosy décor enhanced by a roaring fire and lots of different eating areas.  The usual drill, a credit card must be swiped to start a tab; never very keen on this practice but I suppose you can’t blame landlords in busy and large establishments, it also makes life easier when ordering food and drinks for several people.

The bar staff are friendly and efficient; we got our drinks very promptly.  Once we had made our food choices from quite a varied menu and specials board they took our food order quickly but then we had to wait about 45 mins for the food to arrive!

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Three of us decided to share a Fisherman’s Platter (pictured) to start with, it was massive and enough for lunch for 2; tasted rather “over fried” as did the other starter choices of Calamari and Whitebait and a main course Scampi.  The Potato Skins were fine. The mains choices of Fish & Chips and Chilli Con Carne (pictured) were enjoyed but sadly the rest of us had Lambs Liver (pictured) and it was so over cooked it was mushy. JI and I would have sent the liver back but we didn’t because we had already waited so long for it, also we were eating with our families and they get sick of us being LWL! I still think it may be worth giving them a 2nd chance at some time in the future as the pub does have a friendly atmosphere and they do advertise that they use lots of local suppliers for fresh food.There were 7 of us, we had 2 bottles of wine and various drinks, cost ££££Please help to spread the word by telling any restaurants you visit that you tried them because you were recommended by LWL in Hampshire… Thank you!

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 3/4
Variety of menu 3/4
Staff and service 3/4
Ambience & décor 3/4
Value for Money 3/5

 

Total Yummy Factor

15/25

Report: CJ & Update SM

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)

The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Southampton 15/25

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The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis

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Canute’s Pavilion

Ocean Village

Southampton

Hampshire SO14 3JS

Tel: 023 8038 8940

Website: jdwetherspoon/the-admiral-sir-lucius-curtis

Gluten free: Yes

Parking: In Ocean Village

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

You would not expect Wetherspoons, where you know that the food is cheap and hopefully cheerful, to have such a prestigiously named pub! We were 4 on “wing it” Wednesday…. on the menu a selection of different chicken dishes all £6.75, this includes a drink and they are served until 11pm.

My choice, the Southern-fried Chicken strips with honey glaze, made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, served with coleslaw and chips or a side salad and dressing or rice, a Peri-Peri roast half chicken and sauce with salad was another choice.  The other two went off the chicken menu and had steak and kidney pudding and vegetables, including a drink, £7.55 for the two! See the web-site for the full menu.

The drink choices with these meals are a pint of beer/larger, spirits, 175ml glass of wine, soft drinks or hot drinks, coffee, teas etc. The menu gives you the amount of calories and a leaflet regarding allergen information is also available! They have an amazing variety of dietary requirements in fact the most comprehensive I have ever seen on a menu. Have a look HERE.

Fantastic value and very acceptable pub grub.

 

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis,

bronze_crown LWL Bronze Award awarded November 2014

Cost £+

3/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

2/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money

15/25 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!

The Beach House, Milford on Sea 13/25

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The Beach House Westover Pub Restaurant

13/25 £££+

Park Lane, Milford-on-Sea

Hampshire

SO41 0PT

Tel: 01590 643044

Website: beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk/

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Excellent

I’d been looking forward to trying the Beach House ever since it opened in 2012. It is a gorgeous Grade 11 listed manor house that was previously Westover Hall Hotel. Personally I think that as it is such an impressive building it deserves a more prestigious name than one that conjures up visions of a beach hut.

This week my OH (other half) and I met up with friends at this lovely venue. We had drinks in the lounge whilst studying the menu. It soon dawned on us that we didn’t want to take our coats off, it felt just as cold inside as it did out and it was a very cold day! Such a shame the fire wasn’t lit, it would have been so warm and welcoming.

There are several different wood panelled dining areas and in the summer it must be wonderful to use the terrace or garden which has fabulous sea views to the Isle of Wight. My friends had booked a table with a view by a window but this room was even colder! The staff insisted the heating was on as high as possible so why were all the radiators freezing? We pointed out that everyone in the dining room had their coats on so it wasn’t just us. They did apologise and told us that the 2 bottles of wine we had just ordered would be complimentary. Very kind of them but we would far rather have been warm and relaxed! It then took ages for the drinks to arrive and AGES until anyone came to take our food order. Two of us ordered the Fish Pie, it sounded so good but after a while we were told they had none left. At least the South African Chenin Blanc I was drinking was very enjoyable, sadly I didn’t have enough to become past caring!

The menu has all the usual pub favourites some of which are trendily described as Heritage Dishes. After a long time our food arrived, the staff kept telling us they hadn’t expected to be so busy… our dining area was not full.

For starters 2 of us had Classic Whitebait, it was a small portion and they were very dry. The other choice, Prawn Cocktail, was enjoyed. Our mains: Banger’ & Mash a Giant 10-inch pork & chorizo sausage, my husband said the sausage was very dry. Lamb Moussaka served with salad and a garlic baguette, my friend said it was quite tasty. British Sirloin Steak, an 8oz steak with the usual trimmings, this seems to have been the best choice! Mini Classic Pies, miniature versions of their classic Chicken & Ham Hock Pie and their award-winning Steak & Tanglefoot Pie, was also declared to be tasty but my choice, and I’m the one doing the review (!), the Fish & Chip Shop Platter, Tanglefoot beer battered fish, crisp scampi and salmon & smoked haddock fishcake, with chips, mushy peas and Chip Shop Curry was dreadful! It was all just so obviously frozen, the curry sauce was like brown water and the 2 pieces of accompanying white bread were stale, oh dear!

At least we didn’t have long to wait for the puds: the Treacle & Stem Ginger Tart was delicious. The other choices a St. Clements Sponge and Legendary Mini Puds (6 of them, shared by 2, looking very pretty in glasses), were fairly mediocre.

We would have liked coffees BUT we had been abandoned, no staff to be seen! We were the only ones left in the dining room, we decided to leave, there was no one in the bar/hall either. At last the young man who had said he was the duty manager appeared with other customers, perhaps he’d been showing them bedrooms. I felt sorry for him as I did for all the very pleasant staff, they obviously were very short staffed but the cold and the bad service, never mind the food had rather spoilt our lunch to put it mildly. I did tell him all this and he was very apologetic and gave us yet another big discount so we ended up paying £18 a head instead of £31. As I said earlier we would far rather have enjoyed everything and paid the full price. Senior management take note!

To sum up it was a disappointing experience but I would recommend you try it for your self, they must have been having a bad day as it has had good reviews elsewhere. Thank God for the company of our friends and the wine!

 

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Beach House

 LWL Review November 2014

Cost £££+

2/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu

2/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

2/5 Value for money

13/25 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!

The White Star, Tavern, Dining & Rooms, Southampton 20/25

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The White Star Tavern

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28, Oxford Street

Southampton

Hampshire SO14 3DJ

Tel:023 92592246

Website: idealcollection.co.uk/whitestartavern

 

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 The White Star Tavern a few years ago Ideal Collection invited us to re review to celebrate their swish new website and of course their latest menus…… aren’t we the lucky ones? 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!

Ideal Collection always seem to manage to employ friendly and enthusiastic staff it really does make such a difference to see a smiling face! We had Leighton’s full attention. He was fun but he also knew his stuff and guided us, by making suggestions and recommendations, through what we thought was a very comprehensive lunch menu. There is something for everyone, every appetite and every budget. As well as full on main courses they also have a good selection of starters, sandwiches, soups and salads. We were sat in the restaurant but on their website (see all the menus on there) they also have some bar choices. As they are open all day, every day, they also have a breakfast and a brunch menu.

Leighton expertly served our G & T’s so that earned him extra brownie points! After a lot of deliberation we made our choices. For starters 2 of us had SEARED SCALLOPS with Chestnuts, eggs & chorizo, delicious and unexpectedly, the chestnuts went so well with the scallops. The other and also delicious starter choice was SEARED SMOKED SALMON with Beetroot tartar, horseradish. I didn’t have a starter as I was having one of my all time favourites as a main, ENGLISH ROSE CALVES LIVER with English mustard mash, roasted shallots, apple balsamic, crisp bacon, sage butter. It was wonderful and pleased I didn’t have a starter as it was an enormous portion! Just one thing (& this applies to all restaurants), I like my liver pink but overhearing a diner at another table saying he didn’t want his pink I really do think we should be asked our preference and the same with lamb and duck. I am old enough to remember when you’d have been horrified to be served anything but beef pink!

The other main courses were ‘WALDOLF’ SALAD Apple cous cous, pickled pears, Nanny Williams Blue, bitter leaves, celery, grapes, walnut and added squid tempura. CROQUE MONSIEUR Baked ham & cheese toastie with an added fried egg and PORK BELLY Cheek & potato cake, apple fondant, cider gravy. There was also some crackling with it but it wasn’t very crackly!

To wash all this down we chose a delightful Rosé from the Languedoc.

We chose just 2 puds to share, a BUTTERNUT CRÈME BRÛLÉE Ginger snap biscuits and my favourite a delicious and very lemony LEMON ‘VACHERIN’ Lemon curd, sorbet, meringue, a wonderful palate clearer.

All our dishes were very enjoyable so it wasn’t surprising to learn that they have been awarded well deserved 2 AA Rosettes for their food.

To sum up the restaurant surroundings are spacious and comfortable and I am sure that the bar at night must be a fun destination. The White Star, in our humble opinion, serves the best food in Oxford St so we recommend…. oh & they have rooms as well!

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The White Star Tavern

silver_crown LWL Silver Award awarded November 2014

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 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!

Berties, Romsey, 23/25

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80 The Hundred
Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 8BX

Tel:01794 830708

Website: berties.co.uk

Gluten free: Yes

Parking: Local car parks

Wheelchairs: Easy

Loos: Above average

gold LWL Gold Award – Awarded November 2013 – Cost £££££

This restaurant features in our Discount Directory and are offering 10% discount on TOTAL bill Lunch & Dinner, Mon – Fri for Card Holder + max 3 guests. (Cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers e.g. Simply Berties Menu, Friday Steak Night or on Bank Holidays).  If you don’t have a LWL Discount Card, click here to find our more – and start saving! 

 November 2014 I recently visited this restaurant with 4 friends and I am in total agreement with the last review.  The price has risen by only £1 for the Simply Bertie 2 and 3 courses menu, which includes a glass of wine; it is still really good value. The food is very high quality and the portion size is good! We all chose from this menu.Three decided on the warm goats cheese salad and two the soup of the day which was mushroom.  For our main courses four had the belly pork with Savoy cabbage and Dauphinoise potatoes and I had the fish of the day – homemade salmon fish cake, topped with a poached egg,  yummy chips and salad.  We all had a glass of Merlot.

No puddings, just coffees at £2.90. It arrived with a lovely little dish of a small piece of shortbread each and a small square of rich choccy!   A really nice touch, we were offered a refill of coffee and it was proper coffee…. how many restaurants do that??

We actually parked at the rear of the restaurant but be warned its a tight gap to get in to and there are not many spaces.

Happy to keep the markings the same as before.   Reported by SM 

 

November 2013 As it was such a long time since we had lunched at this very popular and long established Romsey restaurant we thought it about time we rectified this. Delighted we did, we had a very enjoyable lunch; great food and very good service in lovely surroundings! It has recently been redecorated; the exterior looks so inviting, we loved the interior colours and the conservatory (an ideal room for a private party) has a fabulous new mural.

Dulla the very attentive maître d’ showed the three of us to a window table, ordered us a G&T (perfectly served, separate bottles of tonic!) and then left us to make the difficult decisions from the menus. As usual we mixed and matched.

Our starters: from the A la Carte, JI chose Fresh fig stuffed with mozzarella wrapped in air cured ham, roasted with a mixed pickled radish salad. From the amazing Simply Berties Menu (such great value, £13.95 for 2 courses, £17.95 for 3 courses and both include a 125ml glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot!) SA chose a Fresh prawn salad with baby gems and spiced aioli and my choice was Grilled goats cheese with honeyed pear and pickled grape purée.

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Our mains: From the Light lunch menu, Berties famous salmon and dill fishcakes with a beurre blanc and poached hen’s egg and Trio of local pork sausages with buttered cabbage and mash. From Simply Berties, Slow cooked pork belly with a pistachio and black pudding slice, chicory marmalade, garlic sliced potato.

We thoroughly enjoyed all our the starters in fact they were outstanding. I did find for my taste the sauce with the trio of sausages a little sweet and SA thought that with her deliciously rich dish of belly pork and crackling plain potato would have been preferable to one with a creamy sauce. But we are being picky; the food was of a very high standard, generous portions and very well presented.

The puds were to die for.. we shared Dark chocolate cheese cake with clotted ice cream and one of the best puds I can remember, Carrot cake with candied pineapple.. yummy! We finished with coffees.

Just found out from their website that Berties used to be a women’s work house in the early 17th century… almost makes you feel guilty that it is now such a pleasurable destination for hard working Ladies who Lunch!

Berties is highly recommended, booking advised. They also have bedrooms; an ideal location for any events in the area or just for a lovely break. Cost: £££££

Please help to spread the word by telling any restaurants you visit that you tried them because you were recommended by LWL in Hampshire… Thank you!

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

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

 

Total Yummy Factor

23/25

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)

Rick Stein, Winchester 16/25

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Rick Stein

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7 High Street

Winchester

Hampshire, S023 9JX

Tel: 01841 532700

Website: rickstein.com/

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Public Car Parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Above average

Obviously we were really looking forward to the opening of Winchester’s latest celebrity chef restaurant but after our visit our conclusion is that it is still a work in progress!

When I phoned to book (one number for all RS’s establishments) I was asked if I would like an email confirmation….. it came immediately and luckily I read the small print because it said we would have to vacate our table by 2.30pm! As our booking was for 1.0pm for 6 of us (ladies) there is no way that 90 minutes would be long enough for one of our leisurely lunches! To give them their due I received, from the manager, an almost instant reply to my query; he assured us we could stay as long as we liked.

We liked the simple décor very much, soft colours with a vaguely coastal feel about it. (Do look at their new website, some very nice interior photos). The kitchen is open (of course) and stretches down one wall. There is a small bar area. Our table was 3 tables for 2 pushed together so we did feel a long way apart from each other, it was impossible to speak to friends at the opposite end of the table. We liked the art work on the walls and particularly liked the water jugs!

As soon as we were settled we were given complimentary sourdough bread rolls…. nibbles are always welcome when studying the menu and enjoying the first drink. Our wine was the house white, a very pleasant Sauvignon Blanc £18.

There is not a lot of choice on the main lunch menu but we decided to mainly choose from the 2 courses for £19.95 or 3 Courses for £24.95 menu. (This menu is now on their website). There are 3 choices of starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts though I think to include a selection of ice creams as one of the desserts is not very exciting.

The Starters: A Spanish Salad of Prosciutto with goats cheese, artichokes and hazelnuts, La Mouclade, a creamy rich mussel dish full of delicate traces of saffron and spice and Grilled Mackerel with a tomato, red onion and mint salad.

The Mains: Grilled Miso Salmon served with rice noodles, spring onion and bean sprouts, Roast Belly Pork served with Jerusalem artichoke and cider glazed carrots and Keralan Egg Curry, an intense red masak flavoured with tomato, chilli, coconut and curry leaves – served with pilau rice.

I ordered from the main menu Cod and Chips served with thick cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. We also ordered 2 side dishes of thick chips which were very good.

Between the 6 of us we tried all of these dishes. The winners were the La Mouclade, delicious flavour and my fish and chips which were were excellent but I could have enjoyed a similar dish in a pub for less than £16. The other dishes were good but we were expecting them to be amazing. Sadly the pork was a little dry and the noodles with the salmon had no flavour and were stuck together so it was impossible to eat them with the provided chop sticks.

Just one pudding was ordered, a Vanilla Crème Brulee served with lemon and blueberry compote. My friend is real fan of crème brulee and she enjoyed it very much, so much that no one else got a taste!

The staff are all very friendly and enthusiastic, if they didn’t know the answer they would go and find out but did have to wait quite a long time for drinks and between courses.

As I said at the start, this is still very early days for this restaurant and hopefully they will soon iron out all their teething problems. Sadly they made a big mistake with our bill, we were overcharged by £20, so very pleased we checked it. They soon sorted it out but it also happened to friends of ours. I think they are having computer problems.

We recommend that you try it for yourself, it is busy, has a good atmosphere and can only get better and better!

 

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: Rick Stein

bronze_crown LWL Bronze Award awarded November 2014

Cost £££££+

3/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

3/5 Value for money

16/25 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!

Invitation to all at Three Choirs Wickham Vineyard for complimentary wine tasting and canapés. Hurry limited places!

P1100658 Three Choirs wine Three Choirs

Three Choirs Vineyard Wickham will be beating the French at their own game this year with the arrival of their First Release white wine on Thursday 20th November. The wine will be the first production from grapes grown on the Wickham Estate under new owners Three Choirs one of the leading, most established and awarded vineyards in the UK. Production of First Release has taken seven weeks from harvesting to bottling and has created a fresh and zesty dry white wine with a crisp lasting finish.
Estate Manager Colin Bloxham says ‘First Release has been made from Reichensteiner and Bacchus grapes using the cool fermenting process which uses minimal filtration. The natural fruit character of the grapes is preserved and captured in the bottle to give clean summer hedgerow characters.’
There will be a limited production of 1200 individually numbered bottles. The wine will be exclusively on sale at the estate shop from 11am on November 20th.
The Directors of Three Choirs Wickham Vineyard would like to invite Hampshire Ladies who Lunch and all interested parties to an evening celebration at 7pm, Thursday November 20th 2014 with wine tasting and canapés.

Places are limited to 30 guests so please make sure you RSVP to receive your official invitation. (This is a complimentary event but you must RSVP!)

Three Choirs Wickham Vineyard, Botley Road, Shedfield, SO32 2HL
Tel:01329 834700

RSVP: linda.cohen@lilypadpr.co.uk
07791 11 09 06 (please use this number for any questions regarding the event).

P1100637PS We can highly recommend the restaurant at Three Choirs Wickham. Read our review HERE

The Hunters Inn, Swanmore 17/25

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The Hunters Inn

award.bronze  17/25 £££+tip

Cott Street,

Swanmore, Nr Southampton

Hampshire

SO32 2PZ

Tel: 01489 877214

Website: huntersinn-swanmore.co.uk

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

 

We were a lunchtime party of 7 visiting this family run traditional pub. Jonathan Westmacott and his wife took over the business when Jonathan’s father retired.  Having been run by the family for over 40 years you get the feeling that it is an integral part of the village community; it looks after regulars and villagers alike with their own loyalty card and plenty of space for parties.

It has been an Ale House for over 300 years, the original building is still standing but it has been extended considerably over the years. It’s a pub with a rare set-up…. as well as the original building it has an extended bakery, butchery and kitchen. With home cooked bread and cakes and a butcher that comes to prepare the meat every week they are onto a winner!

From an extended menu – see their website – 3 chose the roast @ £8.95 which includes a pud from the chalk board.  Meat choices – turkey, beef, lamb and pork.  They all had lamb which came with loads of excellent roast potatoes and mixed vegetables.  The puddings chosen were a deep fried mars bar with cream – very yummy!  Choux buns with strawberry cream filling and a large chocolate, moussey creation. Two really enjoyed Somerset chicken – a home-made recipe with a unique sweet and sour flavour, apples, apple juice, cider, demerara sugar, with mushrooms and bacon finished with brandy and topped with cheese!  Plus chips and vegetables £9.95. I chose an excellent chilli with wild rice at £7.95.

All generous portions and good flavours.  We had coffee at £2.00 and a few beers and glasses of wine.   Many dishes are gluten free.  They also do a 2 course meal for £10.95, only certain dishes come into this category, and they have a Seniors deal on Thursday lunchtimes, very good value for money.

It is an extensive place and although busy we didn’t wait long after ordering our food at the bar. Not a day for sitting in the large garden but one to try next Summer. Friendly staff.

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Hunters Inn, Swanmore

award.bronze LWL Bronze Award awarded October 2014

Cost £££

3/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

3/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money

17/25 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!