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Discover the best restaurants in Winchester

Explore our guide to the best restaurants in Winchester

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At Forest Holidays we’re all about supporting local businesses. One of the best ways to do this? Discover as many local restaurants as possible. In fact our Blackwood Forest location is an absolute haven for foodies which is why we’ve created a guide to the best restaurants in Winchester.


Where to eat in Winchester

Loved by history buffs and adored by the a-list, Winchester has become a hub for those that love a quaint countryside aesthetic combined with a thriving atmosphere. This naturally makes it a top destination for dining out. 

Home to Michelin starred restaurants, bustling bistros and everything in between, you’ll struggle to choose between Winchester’s best restaurants. Opt for British cuisine, experiment with modern dining or dare to try something a little more exotic. You won’t forget these meals in a hurry…

The Bugle Inn, Twyford

Tucked away on the edge of South Downs National Park, is The Bugle Inn. As the winner of Hampshire’s best roast this is an awesome place to nip into on a sunday afternoon. Think real ales, gourmet pub grub, local flavours, a relaxed atmosphere - and plenty of crispy roasties to go around. Yum. 

Sat Nav: SO21 1QT, Telephone: 01962 714888


Kyoto Kitchen, Winchester

Fans of authentic Japanese food will love Kyoto Kitchen where sashimi and sushi are always on the menu. Praised for its bright atmosphere, outstanding flavours and innovative dishes, this little restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best sushi spots outside of London. 

Sat Nav: SO23 8AT, Telephone: 01962 890 895


The Black Rat, Winchester

A quick 20 minutes away from Blackwood Forest lies the quaint and quirky Black Rat - a firm favourite with Winchester locals and proud owner of a Michelin Star. On the menu you’ll find vegetables grown at The Black Rat’s allotment and gourmet dishes that are constantly evolving. Great for a hearty supper in a luxurious setting.

Sat Nav: SO23 0HX, Telephone: 01962 844 465

Inside The Black Rat restaurant in Winchester

Cosy interiors and twinkling lights inside The Black Rat, Winchester

The Dining Room, Winchester 

Located a little further afield, 30 minutes away from Blackwood Forest is The Dining Room. This is a must visit for gourmet food lovers who can never resist a tasting menu or wine flight. And because every dish is carefully crafted to create a ‘food journey’ a trip to The Dining Room provides an exceptional gastronomic experience. Delish. 

Sat Nav: SO23 7DW, Telephone: 01962 777 681


Rick Stein, Winchester

It’s always fun to sample the menu of a world-renowned celebrity chef such as Rick Stein. So why not visit his iconic Winchester seafood restaurant? Expect a well-curated menu filled with innovative takes on the classic fish supper. The ideal treat for a special occasion. 

Sat Nav: SO23 9JX, Telephone: 01841 532 700


The Chesil Rectory, Winchester 

If sampling fresh, local produce is your thing head to The Chesil Rectory. 

This bistro is located inside an exceptionally charming 600 year old grade II listed Medieval house and is owned by a group of friends who love sharing their passion for food. 

With a courtyard garden and pre-theatre dinner options, this is a characterful place to while away the hours, tucking into the best of British. Just 18 minutes from Blackwood Forest. 

Sat Nav: SO23 0HU, Telephone: 01962 851 555

Experience foodie fun in Winchester


If a weekend away from it all sounds like pure bliss, book your break at Blackwood Forest in Hampshire today. With early check in and late check out options you’ll have even more time to visit some of Winchester’s best restaurants. The perfect addition to your sumptuously cosy long weekend.