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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

New Year’s Eve lunch & dinner at The Chesil Rectory

Come & celebrate NYE at The Chesil Rectory

Our delicious tasting menus offer ‘A Taste of The Chesil’ & are brimming with luxurious ingredients & local specialities.

Choose from 5 course or 7 course, vegetarian tasting menu also available.  Wine flights £45.

5 course Tasting Menu lunch or early supper 6-7pm – £55pp
5 course Vegetarian Tasting Menu lunch or early supper 6-7pm – £45pp

7 course Tasting Menu  7pm- late – £75 pp
7 course Vegetarian Tasting Menu 7pm- late – £65 pp

Click to view our Christmas & New Year menus.

We don’t have a big band & magicians, this is all about the legendary food in historic surroundings!

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!

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

woolly hat fair

5 Gold Rings – Woolly Hat Fair @ The Chesil Rectory

The Chesil Rectory is proudly hosting Hat Fair’s #WoollyHatFair! Prepare to be taken by the hand and inducted into an oh-so-secretive society: The Mysterious Society of The Five Gold Rings!

A short immersive theatre event for just 12 people at a time, during which you will be (spoiler alert…) briefly blindfolded.


Free tickets can be booked via Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office on 01962 840 440 for ritual inductions at 5pm, 5.15pm or 5.30pm.

Walk-up slots will only be available on the day if spaces are available and all tickets have not been booked in advance. We recommend you pre-book to avoid disappointment.

For more information visit –

Last week’s #WoollyHatFair launch was a blast… & this happened… #Mannequin Challenge !

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!