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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?!

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!

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.

StreetSmart Update

A huge thank you to all our customers for helping raise £11,228 for local homelessness charity, the Society of St James, by participating in a two month Street Smart campaign. Thirteen Hampshire pubs, restaurants and hotels got involved, including The Chesil Rectory and our lovely pub The Three Tuns, Romsey. This is an amazing achievement and it’s all down to you.

Sundays at The Chesil

The Chesil Rectory is a great spot to enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch with friends and family. We serve a special set Sunday lunch menu including at least two roasts, served with Chef’s perfect crispy roast potatoes and all the Sunday trimmings. Two courses are £21.95 or three courses are £26.95.

Alternatively, a relaxed Sunday evening at The Chesil Rectory is the perfect close to any weekend. Between 6pm & 9pm, enjoy our du jour menu for  just £15.95 for two courses or £19.95 for three courses. An absolute bargain!

And don’t forget, our full a la carte menu, brimming with all of our delicious seasonal dishes, is also available on Sunday evenings.

Proud supporters of STREET SMART 2012

Dine and donate this Christmas

We’re proud to be supporting StreetSmart charity campaign this Christmas to raise funds to help Hampshire’s homeless people. We will add (an optional) £1 to your table bill when you dine with us in November or December and pass this directly to StreetSmart. Every £1 raised in Hampshire will then be used by local charity partner Society of St James to make a positive difference to individuals who have, for whatever reason, ended up on Hampshire’s streets with nowhere to call home. Find out more at and

Southampton Boat Show

Chef cooked up a storm in the Sea Kitchen Theatre at this year’s Southampton Boat Show… ‘Mussels three ways’ was an inspired dish and the skills were legendary!

Vine and Dine

Family-owned wine estate from Margaret River, Moss Wood are at the top of their league! From Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon to Pinot Noir and Cabernet, they excel in all that they produce. Owners Keith and Clare Mugford are now handing over responsibility to their son and daughter who will be hosting the evening. Discover all about Moss Wood alongside a delicious three course dinner.

Booking essential £49.95 including dinner and three tasting wines.