Category: What’s On

Hampshire Fare

Celebrating 25 Years with Hampshire Fare

The Chesil team had a fabulous evening at Lainston House, celebrating 25 years of Hampshire Fare.  The food group was set up in 1991 by a handful of local farmers keen to work together to spread the message about the high quality local food available across the county.

The Chesil Team

Easter Weekend

A four day weekend is a great excuse to get together for good food, cracking wine & general merriment.

We’ll be open throughout the whole bank holiday so gather friends &  family & book early. Absolutely no washing- up required!

Click to view our menus.

Sunday Roasts

Mothering Sunday

Every Mother deserves a treat on this special day. We’ll be serving our legendary Sunday roast lunch & don’t forget our 3 course special du jour dinner menu runs all evening 6pm – 9pm for just £19.95 .

My Waitrose Magazine Feature

Five Things To Do This Valentine’s

We have been featured in ‘Waitrose Food’, an award-winning monthly magazine featuring delicious recipes, inspirational tips & restaurant news.  Click on the picture below to read more!

Waitrose Food Magazine

StreetSmart Dine & Donate

Over Christmas, our lovely customers helped us to raise a whopping £1,027 for StreetSmart, a charity that provides support to the homeless & vulnerable.

A huge thank you to all our customers who donated & supported us! Our contribution will make a positive difference to individuals who have, for whatever reason ended up on Hampshire’s streets with nowhere to call home.

Follow the link to read more about this amazing charity!

Chesil Rectory Chutney

If you’re looking for gift ideas, we’re here to help!

Chesil Chutney On Sale Now!

Delicious spiced pear chutney handmade here at the Chesil Rectory by Chef Damian Brown.

Two jars for £5.00 – an absolute bargain. Beautifully packaged & the perfect gift for the foodie in your family!

Or why not buy one of our gift vouchers, available from £10 upwards.  Simply call us and pay over the phone or come in to collect. If you supply us with your name and address, we’ll happily send them out with menus and postcard. Job done!

Please call one of our Managers for details on 01962 851 555 or email:

Spinney Hollow - Winchester Hat Fair

Woolly Hat Fair

This is what happened when the Woolly Hat Fair & Spinney Hollow visited the Chesil Rectory for day two of Winchester Hat Fair’s first ever Live Advent Calendar.

Guests discovered a world of weird & wonderful happenings when stepping through the ancient door of our magical restaurant.

Hampshire Life Winner

Hampshire Restaurant of the Year

We are delighted to announce that the Chesil Rectory has won Hampshire Life’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award. Thank you to all our amazing customers who nominated us!

Wine Festival Winchester

Join us for Cheesy Nibbles @ Wine Festival Winchester

The fabulous Wine Festival Winchester returns the weekend of Friday 27th – 29th Nov & we’re excited to announce that we’ll be there for the second year running selling our lovely cheese platters & our delicious jars of ‘Nice Pear’ Chutney, handmade by our talented Chef Damian Brown – a magical mix of rich, fruity & spicy ingredients including Pears, Saffron, Apple, Orange & Ginger.  This knockout combination is perfect with cheese & cold meats & is the ideal stocking filler for the foodie in your family!

Sipping your way through all that fantastic wine is sure to work up an appetite. Follow your taste to the Chesil Rectory stand in the King Charles Hall (stand 10), take a break & enjoy our mighty fine selection of local cheeses!

We’ll see you there!

Chesil Rectory at Wine Festival Winchester

Vine & Dine

Vine & Dine Evening with Marjan Simcic

We are thrilled to welcome charismatic 5th generation Winemaker Marjan Simcic who will be joining us from Slovenia to showcase his incredible biodynamic, organic wines which he believes tell the story of the history & heritage of the beautiful Italian/ Slovenian border region.  His philosophy is rooted in the Latin phrase “in vino veritas” – there is truth in wine.  And who are we to argue?

Our renowned Vine & Dine evening returns
5th generation Winemaker Marjan Simcic

Join us Wednesday 11th November (7:30 pm) for an exclusive evening, enjoy a stunning 5 course meal & 5 tasting wines. For bookings call 01962 851 555 or email  Tickets cost £75pp.



Pinot Grigio,Simcic 2014


Truffled Wild Mushrooms, Shallot Crisp, Toasted Brioche

Opoka Ribolla, Marjan Simcic 2013


Lightly Cured Seabass Carpaccio, Baked Lemon Dressing, Fine Herb Salad

2013 Chardonnay Reserve, Cuvee Igor Simcic 2012


Hampshire Blackmoor Estate Venison, Sweet & Sour Parsnips, Caramelised Pear, Curly Kale, Red Wine & Thyme Jus

Pinot Noir Reserve, Simcic 2012


Set Hazelnut Cream, Honeycombe, Marmalade Ice Cream

Leonardo, Simcic


Always a sell out, book your table today!

Varieties are carefully selected according to the land's exposure & height above sea level, thus enabling the optimum growing conditions.
Varieties are carefully selected according to the land’s exposure & height above sea level, thus enabling the optimum growing conditions.
Easter Celebrations

Autumn News from The Chesil Rectory

Our delicious new Autumn menu is brimming with local seasonal faves: wild rabbit & wood pigeon from the good folks at Alresford’s Blackmoor Farm; rich, savoury chestnuts, tasty Stockbridge wild mushroom; juicy blackberries & velvety squash. No wonder it’s Chef’s favourite season.

Our New Autumn Menu

Hurray ! We’ve been nominated for ‘Hampshire Life’ restaurant of the year! Thank you to everyone who nominated us. The winners will be announced next month so we’ll keep you posted.

Eek. With only 11 weeks ’til Christmas it’s time to book your table & get the date you want ! Don’t delay!

View our Christmas Menu.


Goodness! Where did the time go? This October sees us celebrating seven years here at The Chesil Rectory. We’ll drink to that!

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The Chesil Rectory

We need you!

We have a great opportunity for an Assistant Manager to join our talented team at the Chesil Rectory. If you’re hardworking & passionate about food, we would like to hear from you!

Assisting in the day to day running of this historic restaurant & maintaining its high standards. It is essential you are able to demonstrate excellent communication and leadership skills, with outstanding customer service skills and attention to detail. Working well in a small dedicated team & with excellent written & spoken English & basic IT knowledge.

The ideal candidate for this Assistant Restaurant Manager’s role will have previous restaurant supervisory experience within a quality environment ideally of rosette standard preferably with some wine knowledge. 

This could be an ideal opportunity for a Supervisor looking for progression or an Assistant Restaurant Manager looking to gain more experience. 

Salary and Benefits:

The Salary for this permanent role of Assistant Restaurant Manager is negotiable depending on experience.  You will also receive a generous share of gratuities and an array of company benefits.

Please apply with your CV to


Save the Date

The Wonderful Wines of Oz …

…with top Australian Wine producer, Michael Kerrigan.

Don’t miss our next wine tasting evening celebrating wines from Margaret River, Western Australia.

Taste your way through the high quality, complex range of wines matched with an exquisite menu by Head Chef, Damian Brown, created especially for the evening.

Call 01962 851 555  or email

The Chefs!

The Best Of “Britt”!

The Chesil Rectory held a special one -off fundraising dinner on Monday 18th May with BBC Masterchef finalist, Sven Hanson Britt .

A whopping £2169 was raised through ticket sales & the event was generously match funded by Basepoint Winchester , bringing the grand total for the night of £4338 for local charity Winchester Young Carers.

The talented MasterChef finalist from Bishops Waltham, attended Peter Symmonds College before becoming Sous Chef at The Ritz. He joined for one night only, the Chefs at Chesil Rectory to help raise money for Winchester Young Carers. A sumptuous 5 course local menu was served celebrating Hampshire in Springtime.

The popular city centre restaurant donated all ticket proceeds from the night to the local independent charity which provides a service for Young Carers aged 8-17 throughout the Winchester district.

Owner Mark Dodd added “We were delighted to have such a talented Chef join our team for the night. I would also like to thank all our staff & our wonderful regular customers who bought tickets & ate so generously!”

A big thank you to Sam Gavins Photography for our lovely event photographs.

Winchester Young Carers

Special fundraising dinner with Masterchef The Professionals finalist, Sven Hanson Britt

Please join us for a special fundraising dinner with Masterchef The Professionals finalist, Sven Hanson Britt.

It’s a unique opportunity to taste some amazing food & to meet Masterchef finalist Sven who will be talking through his dishes & serving up a delicious 4 course Spring menu.

All for a very worthy cause!

All ticket sales will be donated to Winchester Young Carers, an independent charity which provides a service for
Young Carers aged 8-17 throughout the Winchester District.

£45 per ticket & includes welcome fizz & canapés.  To purchase your table, please choose from the following & click to buy:

***Event Sold Out***

If your table configuration is not available, please email with your special request.

 Grab your friends & hope to see you on May 18th!

Sven Hanson-Britt Charity Dinner

Spring News

Mothering Sunday

Every mother deserves special treatment & what better way to treat your Mum than dinner at the Chesil Rectory? Although fully booked at lunch, we have availability for the evening at a special price for £19.95 for 3 courses. An absolute bargain.

Easter Weekend  

A four day weekend, seeing friends & family & savouring fresh, roasted lamb with a bottle of good wine are some of the great pleasures of Springtime. Come & indulge at the Chesil Rectory after all that good behaviour during Lent. Closed on the Bank Holiday Monday (Chef needs a day off !) but open the rest of the weekend.

Call 01962 851 555 or book now via our website!

We’re Hiring!

We need bright, enthusiastic waiting staff to join our happy team ! Part time- days, evening & weekends.

If you are presentable, reliable & would like to work in one of Winchester’s best restaurants, please apply with CV to: .

Experience preferred/ training will be given to the right person.