Category: What’s On

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:  manager@chesilrectory.co.uk .

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

Chocolate Week 2014

Next week is ‘Chocolate Week’ and to celebrate we’ve created a chocolate inspired tasting menu (using Chococo award winning luxury hand- made chocolate), available on Thursday 16th & Friday 17th October!

 

 

Wine Festival

Wine Festival Winchester

We are delighted to be a part of the Wine Festival Winchester (21-23 Nov Winchester Guildhall). Wine and cheese are two of life’s greatest pleasures & we’ll be showcasing our favourite Hampshire cheeses over the whole weekend.

Winchester Wine Festival is a chance for everyone to enjoy a feast of fabulous wines in the company of Susie & Peter, Masters of Wine from BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen. The festival will feature hundreds of delicious wines, which all visitors can sample for free.

Come & see us on our stand for a delicious nibble, some cheesy banter and a chance to win lunch for two! For further information and tickets visit the Winchester Wine Festival website.

Meats, Eats, Drinks & Leaves...

“Meats, Eats, Drinks & Leaves… A Hampshire Recipe Book”

We’ve been involved in a wonderful recipe book – the perfect gift for the foodie in your family !

“Meats, Eats, Drinks and Leaves” celebrates the chefs, eateries, producers and farmers of Hampshire.

The absolutely stunning hardback coffee- table book is brimming with delicious recipes; cool photos & stories of local chefs & food heroes.

Hampshire Cookbook

Alresford Blackmoor Wood Pigeon

A big thank you to our customers!

We just wanted to say a big thank you to all who helped us to raise £558 for Hampshire based charity, The Pelican Cancer Foundation.  We donated £1 when all 558 of you ordered our delicious starter of “Alresford Blackmoor Wood Pigeon”.

Don’t forget this and more recipes are featured in the stunning new limited edition recipe book, “Meats, Eats, Drinks & Leaves around Hampshire”   – available to purchase at the restaurant for £25.00 while stocks last!

Meats, Eats, Drinks & Leaves around Hampshire - Cookbook

Good Food Guide

Good Food Guide 2015

 

The Good Food Guide 2015 has been released and we are delighted to retain our grade 4 rating… WOO-HOO!!

The Chesil Rectory is proud to support Live Well 4 Longer

The Chesil Rectory is supporting Live Well 4 Longer’s campaign helping Hampshire – based charity, The Pelican Cancer Foundation.

When dining at the restaurant, if you order our delicious starter of “Alresford Blackmoor Wood Pigeon”, £1 will be donated.

This & more great recipes are featured in a new book published in July, Meats, Eats, Drinks & Leaves around Hampshire. 

For more info go to www.livewell4longer.com

Martin Meiner

“Vine & Dine” – 25th June 2014

Top South African Winemaker, Martin Meinert, joins us to show -case his stunning wines alongside a carefully matched 5 course menu created by our Head Chef, Damian Brown.

As the Winemaker behind some of South Africa’s foremost wines, Martin’s ‘Devon Crest’ Vineyard in Stellenbosch is famous for creating red wine with incredible freshness & balance as well as white wines that are complex & unique.

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Selection of Canapés

“La Barry” Sauvignon Blanc

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Blackmoor Venison Carpaccio, Caper Berries, Horseradish Cream, Tarragon Pesto Dressing

“Printers Ink” Pinotage

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Warm Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onion Tempura, Avocado Puree, Grapefruit Dressing

“The Italian Job” White Merlot

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Roasted Lamb Rump, Broad Bean Purée, Braised Lamb Neck Boulangere, Onion Confit

“Synchronicity”

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Crème Vanille, Rhubarb Jelly, Lime Custard, Toasted Meringue

“Semillon Straw Wine”

£65 per person.  Always a sell- out booking essential!

Romance on the menu!

The Chesil Rectory has just been voted ‘3rd most romantic restaurant in Britain’ in a readers poll by The Times newspaper. Obviously, we couldn’t agree more… With knock out food, twinkling candlelight, cosy banquettes and a roaring fire, what’s not to love?!

Pitfield London

Our collaboration with Pitfield London

We are opening a unique pop up shop opening in October in The Brooks , Winchester. Open everyday 7 days a week

If you like shopping, art & cake…. then this is for you!

Over the next 2 weeks we’re transforming an empty space in The Brooks into an eclectic emporium selling only unique, beautiful stylish homewares.

We’ll be stocking some amazing design classics that you just can’t find anywhere else in Winchester. There’ll be loads of vintage finds & quirky little curiosities, including lovely homewares, gifts & accessories. Our eccentric re- worked furniture, bespoke chairs , wall paper & sofas complete the picture.

The in- store café is an extension of the shop offering mouth watering salads & sandwiches alongside speciality tea & cake . Open for breakfast , lunch & afternoon tea, the space will incorporate the Hampshire Larder which will be brimming with Hampshire produce from chutneys & jams to bread & chacuterie. Think fresh, local & delicious!

The whole project is a collaboration between the owners of popular Winchester restaurant, The Chesil Rectory & long term friend Shaun Clarkson, a celebrated interior designer, star of Channel 4’s “four rooms” & owner of Pitfield London’s flagship store in Shoreditch, London.

For four months only. Have a look at the Pitfield Winchester Pop-Up Blog

Vine & Dine – Wednesday 25th September

Our forthcoming ‘Vine & Dine’ on Wednesday 25th September 2013 will be hosted by our good friends Jacquart Champagne. Always a sell out, early booking essential. £75 per person includes all tasting wines.

 

Seafood & champagne ‘Vine & Dine’ with Jacquart

 

Freshly Shucked Oysters Multiple Garnish
Extra Brut, Champagne Jacquart


Seared Scallops, Celeriac Puree, Granny Smith, Apple Crisp
Blanc de Blanc 2006, Champagne Jacquart


Boneless Lemon Sole, Cucumber and Pink Peppercorn Beurre Blanc,
Pomme Duchess, Crisp Kale, Watercress
Brut Mosaique, Champagne Jacquart


Portland Crab Risotto, Crisp Clams
Cuvee Alpha 2005 by Champagne Jacquart


Selection of Cheeses, Oatcakes, Chutney
Brut Mosaique Rose, Champagne Jacquart

Hampshire Food Festival celebrates its 13th year of local food and farming

 

The Hampshire Food Festival is now in it’s 13th year and is a month-long celebration of local food and farming. The Festival takes place from the 1st-31st of July and features a wide range of different events which take place across the county. Events in previous years have included: wine tasting, workshops, special menus and many more. Our  July menu is a special festival menu brimming with an abundance of local produce from our favourite local suppliers.

Hampshire Food festival 2013 launch party with Italian chef & restaurateur Antonio Carluccio.

Eleanor & Mark Dodd

Chesil Rectory wins top award for keeping it fresh, delicious and local!

On Friday night The Chesil Team attended the Winchester Business Excellence Awards ceremony at the Guildhall and scooped the prestigious Winchester BID “Member of the Year” trophy! We were up against such fierce competition as Dutton Gregory and many other city centre businesses.

The Chesil Rectory was praised for being an outstanding, positive, proactive member of the community as well as demonstrating strong business growth and using loads of local producers and suppliers.

Thank you to the BID who help to make Winchester the perfect place to visit; and thank you to our hardworking team and lovely customers who help to make the Chesil Rectory the perfect for lunch and dinner!

hampshire food festival

Hampshire Food Festival 2013

The Hampshire Food Festival is now in it’s 13th year and is a month-long celebration of local food and farming. The Festival takes place from the 1st-31st of July and features a wide range of different events which take place across the county. Events in previous years have included: wine tasting, workshops, special menus and many more. Our  July menu is a special festival menu brimming with an abundance of local produce from our favourite local suppliers.

Vine & Dine – Wednesday 26th June 7.30pm

Great news! “Rathbone Estate” will be hosting our next wine tasting evening, showcasing six exceptional wines alongside a delicious five course seasonal menu.

Rathbone’s Ryan Morgan and our old friend, Joe Wadhams from Enotria Wines will be explaining why Australia is back at the cutting edge of Viticulture, tasting wines from Yering Station, Mount Langhi Ghiran and Xanadu.

And for the main course… Australian heavyweights from the Rathbone stable will be going to head as Ryan pitches two big hitting Shiraz’s against each other with the all important bragging rights up for grabs!

Canapés, 4 course dinner & all tasting wines £60 per head. Always a sell-out!  Booking essential.

 

MENU

Tuna Tartare, Vietnamese Dressing, Coriander Shoots

Poached Salmon Rillettes, Cucumber Mousse

Glazed Rosary Goat’s Cheese & Onion Confit Tartlet

2009 Cliff Edge Riesling Mount Langi Ghiran – Grampians


Pressé of Corn -Fed Chicken, Chargrilled Secrett’s Asparagus, Hollandaise

2010 Village Chardonnay, Yering Station – Yarra Valley


Sirloin of Hampshire Beef, Caponata, Smoked Onion Purée

2007 Village Shiraz Viognier, Yering Station – Yarra Valley

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2007 Cliff Edge Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran – Grampians


Twice Baked Barbers Cheddar Soufflé

2009 Cabernet, Xanadu – Margaret River


Crème Vanille, Confit Pineapple, Mango Sorbet

2010 Cane Cut’ Semillon Sauvignon, Xanadu – Margaret River


An intimate & convivial night & a great way to improve your wine credentials!

Vine & Dine Wed June 26th

Great news ! “Rathbone Estate” will be hosting our next wine tasting evening,  show casing six exceptional wines alongside a delicious five course seasonal menu.

Canapés, 4 course dinner & all tasting wines £60 per head. Always a sell- out!  Booking essential.

 

(Canapés)

Tuna Tartare, Vietnamese Dressing, Coriander Shoots

Poached Salmon Rillettes, Cucumber Mousse

Glazed Rosary Goat’s Cheese & Onion Confit Tartlet

2009 Cliff Edge Riesling Mount Langi Ghiran – Grampians

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(Starter )

Pressé of Corn -Fed Chicken, Chargrilled Secrett’s Asparagus, Hollandaise

2010 Village Chardonnay, Yering Station – Yarra Valley

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(Main )

Sirloin of Hampshire Beef, Caponata, Smoked Onion Purée

2007 Village Shiraz Viognier, Yering Station – Yarra Valley

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2007 Cliff Edge Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran – Grampians

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(Cheese course )

Twice Baked Barbers Cheddar Soufflé

2009 Cabernet, Xanadu – Margaret River

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(Dessert)

Crème Vanille, Confit Pineapple, Mango Sorbet

2010 Cane Cut’ Semillon Sauvignon, Xanadu – Margaret River

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An intimate & convivial night & an excellent opportunity to improve your wine credentials!

 

Goodbye Winter… Hello Spring!

Spring is here (allegedly!) & with it comes an abundance of new ingredients for The Chesil’s  kitchen.

Delicious, tasty Spring veg like spinach, kale, leeks & wild garlic will feature on our menus over the coming weeks, not forgetting wonderful watercress which adds a peppery yet smooth edge to dishes and is highly nutritious. We love it & use it in salads & garnishes, in classic soups – basically whenever we can!

If you are feeling fishy then the humble plaice is bang in season , as is wild salmon & those lovely succulent mussels, cockles &  oysters. Chef’s also very happy to have abundance of his absolute favourite spud: the one & only Jersey Royal!

And into May comes a Chesil favourite, that British classic: asparagus. It’s a notoriously sensitive crop & a very short season so we are hoping & praying for sunshine. Full flavoured, deliciously sweet and tender asparagus is regularly described as the ‘best in the world’… and who are we to argue? It’s well worth the wait for its unbeatable flavour and freshness & Chef has once again created  his special ‘Asparagus Menu’ featuring a whole range of asparagus inspired specials available throughout May & June.

Easter Celebrations

Easter Weekend 29th – 31th March

Enjoying time with friends and family over a four day weekend, and savouring fresh, roasted lamb with a bottle of red wine are some of the great pleasures of springtime. Come and 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 for fresh, seasonal, delicious lunch and dinner, not to mention fabulous roasts and supper on Easter Sunday.

Mothering Sunday – 10th March 2013

 

Every mother deserves special treatment and what better way to treat your Mum than dinner at the Chesil Rectory? Although fully booked at lunch, we have availability for the Sunday Supper at a special price for £19.95 for three courses. An absolute bargain!  And if you can’t be with Mum on the day, Chesil Rectory gift vouchers are fantastic way to show you’re thinking of her…

National Pie Week 4th – 11th March

 

Happy news – it’s National Pie Week and Chef has created a knock-out Venison pie. Locally sourced from the nearby Blackmoor Estate, this top notch venison pie is brimming with deep, rich flavour. Available on the special lunch & early evening menu throughout March.