Out and about: Cooked's top five ways to eat and drink your way around Winchester

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
27 January, 2016

We went out and about in Winchester and came away with five reasons why it's the perfect place for a food and drink inspired day trip.

Eat... crisp lamb fingers at River Cottage canteen

Shredded slow cooked lamb, all wrapped up in breadcrumbs, with some caper-spiked mayo on the side. How could you possibly resist? with cosy sheepskins, bare brick walls and candle light, you'll not find a better spot to while away a cold evening. 


Try... wines by the glass at The Black Bottle

With 32 wines available by the glass, the concept of The Black Bottle (sister to the Michelin-starred Black Rat) is genius. Set in a quaint rickety old townhouse, complete with leather armchairs and roaring fires, you'll find cabinets that dispense wine from sample-sized tasters to 250ml measures. We intended to spend half an hour sheltering from the rain, and ended up leaving hours later. 


Shop... kitchen accessories at The Hambledon

Walk into The Hambledon and you will have a wish list as long as the River Itchen. From stylish homewares to prints, fashion and even kids' party accessories,  you'll be hard pushed to leave empty handed. Our pick? A stunning herringbone linen apron, £49.95.


Drink... cocktails at No 5 Bridge Street

The one in particular we are thinking of is 'conkered', made with Conker dry gin from Dorset, and given an aromatic boost from rosemary. Gin and tonics don't come more refreshing than this. 


Take home... a few chocolates from Chococo

You'll not go far wrong when it comes to gifting with a slab of chocolate from the Chococo cafe near the Cathedral. Our favourite is the Mintylicious, from £4.95. 


Find out more about Winchester here. Staying over? Winchester Holiday Inn rates start from £74pp, Bed and Breakfast. 







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