Earlier this year saw the opening of the beautiful and sophisticated new The Ivy Brasserie in the heart of Winchester. But it wasn’t the first fine dining experience for Winchester, we actually have quite a few already.

The Ivy Brasserie – The High Street

Boasting a main restaurant and bar, as well as a Parisian-style terrace the Ivy Brasserie offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere . Diners can choose from British classics and internationally-inspired dishes and Champagne afternoon tea.

A number of tables will be held back each day for locals, visitors and passers-by wishing to drop in.

Chesil Rectory Chesil Street

The Chesil Rectory occupies the oldest commercial property in Winchester, a 600 year old grade II listed Medieval house. The front of the building remains in its original form apart from the windows which would have been simple wooden bars and shutters. The doorway is the original entrance where the livestock and animals would be led through the stone pathway from the front to the back.

Guests at Chesil Rectory are presented with a modern British menu incorporating an abundance of fresh local produce.

The Black RatChesil Street

Diners are greeted by a relaxed but homely atmosphere, the service is informal but attentive with an individual personal touch.

The Black Rat offers dishes using ingredients sourced from some of the best local suppliers that can be found . The restaurant also boasts its very own forager and kitchen garden all of which helps to inspire the kitchen team to create the menu using wild, unusual and forgotten ingredients.

The Black Rat is currently one of only two Michelin starred restaurants in Hampshire.

Rick SteinHigh Street

This was the first Rick Stein restaurant to open outside of Cornwall. Diners here can enjoy the freshest fish dishes inspired by the local heritage coastline. Dishes are cooked simply for lunch or dinner, or a set menu for early lunch or dinner.

The Dining RoomMarwell Hotel, Colden Common

Dishes are based on excellent, locally-sourced produce, cooked simply. The menu pays tribute to the British seasons and traditions but bringing it right up to date with innovative cooking techniques. Every taste, as well as dietary restrictions and preferences or catered for.

Bistro du Vin Hotel du Vin, Southgate Street

An elegant and informal setting for lunch and dinner with food highly inspired by French home-style cooking with robust earthy dishes, and slow-cooked dishes.

Enjoy a moderately priced à la carte dining in a down-to-earth, warm and relaxing setting. Private dining is also available.

Brasserie Blanc Jewry Street

Split over two floors with sun-trap balconies, a secret al fresco courtyard, a small private meeting room and a great bar, the restaurant is light and airy.

Diners can expect a seasonally changing à la carte menu filled with classic and contemporary French dishes freshly prepared by the team of skilled chefs.