Author: Eleanor Dodd

Street Smart

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.


Easter Celebrations

Watch our mini movie!

Step through our ancient doorway & discover our unique & historic restaurant….

A big thank you to Stock Market Films for our incredible video! We absolutely love it!

Hampshire Fare

From water to waiter in 48 hours – 25 Plates of Hampshire Food Festival

Twenty-five chefs have created dishes from some of the very best local produce to celebrate Hampshire Fare’s 25th anniversary.

Throughout July our very own Chef Brown will be showcasing an incredible Chalk Stream Trout Salad, starter dish, that is brimming with seasonal, fresh flavours.

Did you know?

Chalk Farm is located near Romsey next to the River Test. The trout is some of the tastiest, richest and leanest in the UK as a result of their unique natural habitat. Drawn from sustainable farms on the Rivers Itchen and Test, these spring-fed chalk streams with crystal clear water, constant water flows and excellent light and vegetation create havens for the fish. These beautiful chalk streams give the fish a distinct, sensational taste whether smoked or fresh.

The Hampshire Food Festival has grown from a weekend event to a month-long line up of over 75 events.

Win 2 return flights to Cork from Southampton Airport

To enter, you must review your 25 plates experience with images & words.  Closing Date Thursday 4th August.  Follow the link to enter –

Enter the 'sAlfie' competition

Take a #SALFie!

Pop into the Tourist Info Centre at the Guildhall Winchester & take a ‘sALFie’ with King Alf for your chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at the Chesil Rectory.

Post your King Alf selfie on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #sALFie to enter, or follow the link to enter via Visit Winchester’s Facebook page.

Winners are chosen by the public and entries run from midday on 23rd May 2016 until 1pm on 1st July 2016. Voting will be open from midday on 25th May 2016 and will close at 1pm on 10th July 2016 with a winner being announced the week of 11th July 2016.

Olive Magazine Feature

The Olive Magazine

Thank you to the lovely Charlotte from Olive Magazine for featuring the Chesil Rectory in an online article about her recent trip to the city; including an overnight stay at the fabulous boutique B&B, Hannah’s.

“Both inside and out, The Chesil Rectory looks like it belongs in Godric’s Hollow… The Chesil Rectory is our favourite place for dinner in Winchester because of the romantic, candle-lit atmosphere (see how many vintage chandeliers you can count) and the delicate style of cooking.” – Click here to read the full article.

The Olive Magazine is an online portal bursting with delicious recipes, restaurant reviews & travel features!

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.