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The Telegraph

Sunday Telegraph Review

We are chuffed to bits with our review in the Sunday Telegraph. Excellent comments for our hardworking chefs & front of house team.


Suday Telegraph Review

Staff Required Chesil Rectory

Valentine’s Menu

January Du Jour Menu
**Available from 27TH Dec**

Cream of Celeriac Soup, Pink Lady Apples, Apple Syrup

Tartare of Mackerel, Brown Shrimp, Pickled Cucumber, Ciabatta Croutons

Laverstoke Black Pudding Scotch Egg , Devilled Mayonnaise, Petit Salad

Local Blackmoor Venison Cobbler, Anise Carrots

Chesil Fish Pie, Winter Greens

Tarte Fine of Jerusalem Artichoke, Onion Confit, Kale Crisps, Chicory Leaf Salad


Pineapple Upside Down Pudding, Custard

White Chocolate Mousse, Dark Chocolate Brownie, Passion Fruit Sorbet

Barber’s Cheddar, Chef’s Chutney, Biscuits

Christmas at the Chesil Rectory

Boxing Day Children’s Menu 2018

Potato Soup, Smoky Bacon, Cheesy Crouton

Crudités (Cucumber, Carrot, Bread Sticks) with Hummus

Hoxton Bakery Garlic Bread


Chef’s Pasta, Tomato Ragu, Lyburn Old Winchester Cheese

Pork Sausages, Mash, Green Beans, Gravy

Crunchy South Coast Hake Goujons , Fries , Peas, Tartare Sauce


Chef’s Homemade Doughnuts, Salted Caramel Dip

Dark Chocolate Fondant, Popcorn Ice Cream

Selection of Ice Creams topped with Marshmallows, Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce & Sprinkles

 £19.95 pp

(Children’s menu can be taken by guests up to 12yrs old)

Christmas 2018

Christmas Menu 2018

Roasted Heritage Carrot Soup, Horseradish Cream, Welsh Rarebit Crouton, Cracked Pepper

Winter Salad of Gem, Baby Spinach, Barkham Blue, Candied Pecans

Confit Duck Ballotine, Green Peppercorn, Boozy Cherries, Sour Dough Toast

Haddock & Prawn Fishcakes, Petit Salad, Lime Mayonnaise

Gravadlax of Chalk Stream Trout, Cream Cheese, Spiced Crumb


Goosnargh Turkey, all the Trimmings

12 Hour Braised Featherblade of Beef, Anise Carrots, Fine Beans, Fine Beans, Crispy Bacon & Onions

Pan Fried Hake, Textures of Cauliflower, Cavolo Nero, Truffled Mushroom Velouté

Local Blackmoor Venison, Juniper Berry Marinade, Maple Glazed Roots, Beetroot

Fondant, Dark Chocolate Sauce

Sweet Potato & Chestnut Wellington, Potato Purée, Winter Greens, Jus (V)


Iced Lemon Parfait, Cranberry Sorbet, Clementine

Dark Chocolate Mousse, Popcorn Ice Cream, Popcorn Praline

Christmas Pudding, Candied Nuts, Brandy Macerated Raisons, Mascarpone

Quince Tart Tatin, Cinnamon Syrup, Frangipane, Pomegranate Ice Cream

Selection of British Cheese, Biscuits & Chef’s Chutney

 We offer a 4 course menu with Hampshire cheese board at £8 pp

£32.95 lunch / £34.95 dinner

Christmas at the Chesil Rectory

Christmas at the Chesil Rectory 2018

As always, the restaurant will feel truly magical at Christmas and will be decked out with festive garlands and boughs of holly, making it the perfect spot for the festive season.

Chef’s Christmas menu is absolutely brimming with local produce and seasonal favourites.  We’re already getting busy so don’t leave it too late to book your table!

Our Christmas menu is available from 1st December – 24th December 2018.

For groups over 6 we kindly request a pre– order at least 7 days prior to your booking date. For all Christmas bookings please contact or call 01962 851 555.

We are open on Boxing Day lunch & a special children’s Boxing Day lunch menu will also be available.

We’re also open all those days between Christmas & New Year for both a la carte & du jour menus. Other big news – we’re open for lunch AND dinner on New Year’s Eve. Space is limited & we urge you to book early to get the times & dates you want! Call 01962 851 555 or email

**Christmas Menu T &C s**

The Menu

Our Christmas Menu is available 1st – 24th December from Monday to Friday lunchtimes and evenings (not available Saturday & Sunday) & to be ordered by the whole table. For parties of more than 6, we require menu choices to be placed prior to the reservation. We are closed on Christmas Day but open for Boxing Day. Our ever popular Du Jour set menu will return from the 27th of December.


We understand Christmas is a time for families & friends of all ages to get –together & well- behaved children are absolutely welcome. However please be aware of the limitations of a Medieval building ie : no baby -changing facilities & a very steep staircase. Please also note there isn’t a separate children’s menu as such, but we can offer half portions of our menus dishes for children under 12 if requested. Unfortunately high chairs are not provided in the evenings.

Allergens & dietary requirements

If a member of your party has any dietary requirements, please don’t hesitate to inform us at the earliest opportunity. All our dishes are prepared individually to order & Chef is able to cater for any allergens or special requests as long as he knows in advance!

Deposits & party bookings

We kindly request a deposit of £10 per person to secure reservations which is then deducted from the final bill on the day & Boxing Day & New Year’s Eve we require a 50% deposit. For groups or parties over 6 guests, please contact a member of the management team who will be delighted to discuss menus, drinks receptions, seating options & party packages. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations made within 72 hours of the reservation date. We look forward to welcoming you!

The Chesil Rectory

Heritage Open Days

14th September & 16th September 2018

We are very excited to be taking part in Winchester Heritage Open Days this September!

Hosted by one of Winchester’s professional tourist guides, enjoy a fascinating journey through the history of Chesil Street & beyond including St John’s Church & a visit to the unique Chesil Rectory!

For more information & bookings please visit the Heritage Open Days website.

Chris Edwards, renowned mixologist

Winchester Cocktail Week 2018

The Chesil Rectory celebrated Winchester Cocktail Week in style with the help of Chris Edwardes, renowned mixologist & former head bartender at The Groucho Club, & the fantastic team at Marmalade on Toast, an award-winning creative studio (Winchester based) & creators of the interactive app for our ‘Never Been to University’ quiz.

Winchester Cocktail Week 2018

The interactive app guided each team through a series of fun tasks from guessing jelly bean flavours, spirits & delicious cocktails to uploading their very own hand-drawn cocktail bottle design as well as lots of cocktail-related trivia. This really enhanced the event by creating a unique cocktail tasting experience of fun and discovery!

Winchester Cocktail Week 2018

A special thanks to Adrienne Photography for capturing the spirit of the evening & to all of our sponsors & guests who helped us to raise funds for local charity Helping Hooves UK.

Winchester Cocktail Week 2018

Wine Festival Winchester

Supporting our local wine Heroes!

New Year’s Eve Lunch & Early Supper 5 Course Tasting Menu 2018

Leek & Potato Vichyssoise, Exmoor Caviar


Ham Hock Terrine, Pineapple, Quail’s Egg


Scallop & Chicken Wing, Tarragon Cream


Chesil Duck, Potato Boulangère, Onion Confit, Anise Carrots


            Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondant, Coffee Foam, Praline, Caramelised White Chocolate 

    £55pp.  Early supper bookings at 6pm

Tasting wine flights also available.

The Chesil at night

New Year’s Eve 8 Course Tasting Menu

(Glass of Hattingley on arrival)

Tempura Oyster, Caper Mayonnaise


Leek & Potato Vichyssoise, Exmoor Caviar

Ham Hock Terrine, Pineapple, Quail’s Egg

Scallop & Chicken Wing, Tarragon Cream

Chesil Duck , Onion Confit, Potato Boulangère , Anise Carrots

Lemon Thyme & Celery Sorbet


Truffled Tunworth, Oatcakes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondant, Coffee Foam, Praline, Caramelised White Chocolate

8 course tasting menu including glass of Hattingley – £75 pp from 8pm
Tasting Wine Flights also available

Boxing Day Lunch 2018

Potato Velouté, Smoked Bacon, Tunworth Crouton

Treacle Cured Salmon, Soft Herb Salad, Horseradish Snow, Homemade Treacle Bread

Pheasant & Chestnut Croquettes, Spiced Pear Purée, White Grapes, Dressed Leaves

Charred Brassicas Salad, Confit Egg Yolk, Celeriac Roulade, Crisp Kale


Steamed Hake, Cauliflower Purée, Pickled Cauliflower, Squid Ink Cracker, Buttermilk & Herb Oil

Whiskey Glazed Ham, Carrot & Swede Mash, Toasted Shallot, Pommes Anna , Parsley Sauce

Roast Sirloin of Beef, Onion Confit, Seasonal Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding,

Red Wine

Chesil Nut Roast, Maple Glazed Parsnips, Potato Purée, Crisp Leeks, Gravy


Fig Tart Tartin, Mulled Wine Syrup, Granola, Pear Sorbet

Sloe Gin Parfait, Almond Brittle, Sugared Cranberries

Dark Chocolate Fondant, Baileys Ice Cream, Caramelised White Chocolate

Selection of British Cheese, Spiced Chutney, Biscuits

£39.95 per person  

Chesil Rectory Refurbishment


14th August – Friday 18th August 2017

We’re super excited about our refurbishment project.  The entire upper floor will be bursting with hues of emerald green & deep blue, with luscious fabrics & marigold silk shades. But more importantly a brand new bar!

Local tasting menu

Our locally sourced NEW Tasting Menu

To celebrate Hampshire Food Festival, The Chesil Rectory is thrilled to announce its brand new “Local Tasting Menu”.

Taste your way through a whole menu brimming with local, seasonal produce; and creative, modern British flavours.  (Available Fri & Sat eves from 7pm.)

The Bath Magazine Feature

The Bath Magazine Feature

We’re excited to be featured in The Bath Magazine – Bath’s biggest monthly magazine.

Jessica Hope goes in search of acclaimed novelist Jane Austen in Winchester ahead of this summer’s bicentenary commemorations of her death…….

Click here to read the full feature!

Sparsholt Countryside Day

Sparsholt Countryside Day

We’re super excited to be joining Hampshire Fare on the 13th May to celebrate the Taste of Hampshire at Sparsholt College Countryside Day.

Our very own Chef Damian Brown will be joining Lainston House, The Pig, Limewood & Chewton Glen Hotel for cooking demonstrations which will celebrate the region’s finest tasty Spring ingredients!

Damian’s on at 11 am, don’t miss it!

Easter Celebrations

Easter – We’re open all weekend!

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! Open all weekend for fresh, seasonal, delicious lunch and dinner, not to mention fabulous roasts and supper on Easter Sunday.

Call 01962 851 555 or email