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Good Food Guide 2013

“Historical head turner with modern food… With its centuries-old good looks, the timber-framed Chesil Rectory certainly turns heads. The fifteenth century dwelling was bequeathed to the city by Mary Tudor and it delivers bags of  original features across two floors: dark oak beams and timbers, creaking floorboards, ancient doorways and open fireplaces. But that’s where ye olde England ends. A thoughtful modern makeover adds style via classily upholstered chairs, buttoned banquettes and vintage chandeliers. Damian Brown’s  kitchen takes a correspondingly modern approach that’s admirably centred around quality regional produce. It delivers punchy flavours in dishes such as roasted rump of Hampshire beef accompanied by cream layered potatoes, spinach and parsley puree and red wine sauce; a lighter touch might be seen in pan-fried organic salmon served alongside potato dumplings, braised lettuce, peas and shallots. Friendly service contributes to the relaxed vibe, and the wine list has plenty of invigorating drinking.”