5 best pubs in Winchester you need to visit

Kick back and enjoy some of the great pubs in Winchester

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Nestled just an hour away from the city lights of London, our Blackwood Forest location in Hampshire is the ultimate getaway from the hectic pace of everyday life. From independent boutiques to on-trend restaurants Winchester has it all! So if kicking back with a glass of fizz is your idea of heaven there’s plenty of great pubs in Winchester to choose from...


1. The Mucky Duck, Winchester

Nicknamed ‘Winchester’s best pub’ The Mucky Duck is a super speedy 15 minutes from Blackwood Forest. Expect a friendly atmosphere, chilled out staff and scrumptious food from local suppliers.

The Mucky Duck also doubles up as a stylish sporting bar so it’s a great place to catch all the fixtures. Don’t fancy watching the big game? The specialist gin bar and comfy chesterfield are just the ticket for a relaxed group catch up instead. 

Sat Nav: SO23 7DW, Telephone: 01962 868 144

2. The Bishop on the Bridge, Winchester

For a traditional British pub experience, pay a visit to The Bishop on the Bridge. Ideally situated 20 minutes away from Blackwood Forest, on the bank of the Itchen River, this is a gorgeous spot to dine al fresco in the summer. Try out the craft beers on offer or chow down on their seasonal menu, a trip to The Bishop on the Bridge is the perfect addition to your weekend in Winchester. 

Sat Nav: SO23 9JX, Telephone: 01962 855111

3. The Wykeham Arms, Winchester

Loved by the likes of GQ magazine, the award-winning Wykeham Arms is a must. This dog-friendly pub is a 15 minute drive from Blackwood Forest and a stone’s throw from Winchester Cathedral. It also boasts an incredible menu which makes it popular with the locals. Our tip? Grab a spot next to their cosy fireplace and settle in for the afternoon. 

Sat Nav: SO23 9PE, Telephone: 01962 853834

4. The Black Boy, Winchester

This dog-friendly and endearingly quirky ‘backstreet boozer’ offers the ultimate in olde English charm - and has developed quite the cult following amongst pub enthusiasts. With traditional ales, roaring fires and sunday roasts all part of the experience, The Black Boy makes for a worthwhile afternoon off the beaten track just 20 minutes from Blackwood Forest. 

Sat Nav: SO23 9NQ, Telephone: 01962 861754

Winchester city at night

View of the pubs and restaurants in Winchester at night

5. The William Walker, Winchester

Another of Winchester’s best pubs, The William Walker is renowned for its airy, modern interior and array of creative cocktails. In the kitchen, you’ll find locally sourced food on offer ranging from light dishes and hearty meals to sharing plates for groups. Into local history? It doesn’t get more intriguing than William Walker, the deep sea diver after whom this Winchester pub is named.

Sat Nav: SO23 9EX, Telephone: 01962 807 500


Book your weekend break in Winchester

Tranquility awaits at Blackwood Forest with our secluded log cabins providing a relaxing base from which to explore Winchester.  Set within a 270-hectare beech wood, there’s so much to explore without going far. Although of course, one of the best parts of a weekend break in Hampshire is exploring the surrounding area and supporting local, independent businesses. 

Whether you fancy a stroll through the woods or an in-cabin spa experience, book your break now, but just make sure you make time for a visit to one of Winchester’s best pubs. Cheers!