The Wykeham Arms Pub with rooms in Winchester, Hampshire

Prices from:
£120 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Historic city gem; close to Cathedral
  • Rambling bars ooze timeless charm
  • Hunker down in winter; four log fires
  • Good food; classics & modern dishes
  • Revamped rooms; fab city retreat

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Overview

The Wykeham Arms Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PE

The personal touch

You’ll find this fine 250-year-old brick building tucked away in the oldest part of the city a stone’s throw from the Cathedral Close and the famous college. Oozing charm and always buzzing with activity it is patronised by an eclectic mix of drinkers and diners, from businessmen and barristers, clergy and college Dons to tourists and well-heeled foodies. The ‘Wyk’, as it is affectionately known, has long been regarded as one of the best all-round inns in the country. The rambling series of character bars and eating areas are furnished with old pine tables and old-fashioned school room desks from Winchester College, some authentically carved with initials of inattentive pupils from years gone by, and boasts four welcoming winter log fires and an impressive collection of hats, fascinating pictures and military memorabilia adorns every available wall space. Look out for the risqué Ronald Searle wine cartoons in the Graeme Jameson restaurant. Jon Howard manages this thriving town-centre treasure with suitable aplomb and owners Fullers continue to invest in the property, recently refurbishing all the bedrooms to a very high standard. The perfect base for exploring historic Winchester and for easy strolls through the beautiful Itchen Valley water meadows to St Catherine’s Hill for fine views across the city.

Sticky fingers

Children over 8 are only allowed in the restaurant area during the day; over 14’s are allowed in the evening after 5pm. Only over 14’s are allowed to stay overnight. They are not allowed in the bar area.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar but not overnight in the bedrooms.

Alfresco

Arrive early on sunny days to bag a table on the trellis-covered rear terrace – replete with smart tables and chairs, rambling plants, statues and flower tubs.

 

What’s the Damage?

13 doubles/twin & 1 single: £120 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Wykeham Room – seats 25)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area
  • Parking: a few spaces reserved for overnight guests

Gongs

Good Hotel Guide; 2 AA Rosettes

Sleep

The Wykeham Arms Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PE

Do not disturb

Stylishly decorated and thoughtfully equipped bedrooms are split between the inn and St George, a 16th-century annexe across the narrow street. Fullers lavished money on the 14 rooms in early 2018 and the result is impressive. Most are named after famous figures connected to Winchester College and include a stunning suite and five luxury doubles, which offer a tad more space and added extras like slippers & bathrobes. The décor and general attention to detail is spot on – all are smart and stylish with the big beds topped with the best linen and down, warm heritage hues or statement wall coverings, plus tasteful pictures, retro lighting, phones and chairs, a Roberts radio, Nespresso machines and Smart TVs. Each room has a complimentary bottle of London Pride in the mini-bar. Equally comfortable bathrooms have white bevel-brick tiling, posh Cole & Lewis toiletries, and huge walk-in showers; the best have deep tubs too. St George rooms are quieter – College Bakehouse Suite has an open fireplace, deep sofas, a big bed on the mezzanine, and access to a lovely secret garden.

 

What’s the Damage?

13 doubles/twin & 1 single: £120 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Wykeham Room – seats 25)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area
  • Parking: a few spaces reserved for overnight guests

Gongs

Good Hotel Guide; 2 AA Rosettes

Eat & Drink

The Wykeham Arms Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PE

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£8.90; Main Courses: £11-£28.50; Desserts £6.50-£8.50; set menu 2 courses £16.50; 3 courses £19.50)

Well-prepared modern pub food alongside more adventurous evening choices attracts food lovers from far and wide – evening booking is essential. Follow a city stroll or an amble through the water meadows with a satisfying lunch from the seasonally-changing menu, perhaps the Wyk shepherd’s pie or a posh sandwich, say, beef sirloin with horseradish crème fraïche. Chef Allen Sorrell’s imaginative repertoire of dishes is built around fresh ingredients, with such starters as pressed ham hock with piccalilli and homemade sourdough, or squid with ink aioli, quinoa and salsa verde. Main dishes may include hake, brown crab cannelloni, sweet potato and avocado salsa, lamb rump, braised shoulder, heritage carrots and flageolet beans, and 24-oz ribeye on the bone for two people. Perhaps finish with chocolate brownie and apple sorbet, or plum Bakewell tart with vanilla ice cream. Quaff tip-top Fullers beer or delve into the impressive, well-chosen list of 70 wines; 20 by the glass listed on blackboards.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (Saturday 2.30pm; 4pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm (9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11 pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

13 doubles/twin & 1 single: £120 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (Wykeham Room – seats 25)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area
  • Parking: a few spaces reserved for overnight guests

Gongs

Good Hotel Guide; 2 AA Rosettes

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Wykeham Arms

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Broughton Water Buffalo, Broughton SO20 8AN

Broughton's free-range water buffalo are reared on the rolling pastures of the chalk downs and you can buy steaks, burgers and buffalo mince at the farm shop, open Thurs-Fri and Saturday mornings. Their meat is also supplied to local farmers' markets and pubs and restaurants in the area.

3

Laverstoke Park Farm Shop, Overton RG25 3DR

Certified as organic and biodynamic, this multi award-winning farm is owned by former Formula 1 champion Jody Schecktar. With its own on-site butchers, the farm shop provides an outlet for its products, including organic meats, seasonal fruit and veg grown in the walled garden, prize-winning mozzarella, ice cream buffalo milk and beers.

5

River Test Smokery, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6AZ

A smokery using traditional methods where fish, meat and game is sourced locally where possible and smoked over English oak chippings. Salmon and rainbow trout are also on sale here, while duck, pheasant and other game are on offer during the shooting season. Products can be collected from the site via pre-arrangement and there's also a mail-order service.

6

Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Landford SP5 2DN

Prize-winning producers of artisan cheeses such as Old Winchester and Stoney Cross, made on the farm using milk from their own dairy herd. Also available is an organic veg range, including lettuces, broad beans, sugar snap peas, pumpkins and squash. Pre-booked evening farm tours are offered during July.

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Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

8

Wine Utopia, Stockbridge SO20 6EX

This well-stocked wine merchants, which supplies The Greyhound on The Test, has hundreds of top quality and great value wines from across the world, many from small producers and estates.

9

Caracoli, Winchester S023 9AH

A coffee shop with an award winning barista, Caracoli serves a variety of home-baked cakes and biscuits, as well as lunches of hearty soups, filled focaccia rolls and home-made sausage rolls and salads. There's a food store, too, which stocks the cafe's own 'Caracoli Kitchen' range, giving you a chance to take home what you've enjoyed in the cafe.

10

Kimbridge On The Test Farm Shop, Romsey SO51 OLE

Tucked away in idyllic countryside, this farm shop has high quality produce supplied by local farmers, including smoked trout, lamb, pork and beef and their on-site butcher can offer advice on cuts and how to cook them. Their restaurant also offers a tranquil dining experience.

11

Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE

Owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, this little gem is a deli, fishmonger and cafe all rolled into one. Amongst its wide-ranging produce, it stocks artisan breads from the Hoxton Bakehouse and also offers Friday night ‘fish and chips’, which you can wash down with a glass of wine or ale.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Wykeham Arms

Activities

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Leckford Golf Course, Leckford SO20 6JF

At Leckford you'll find two 9-hole courses; the longest is the Old Course, 6276 yards and par 72. Set in about 100 acres bisected by the River Test, the Old Course was designed by Harry S. Colt (who also designed Wentworth, Muirfield and Sunningdale).

5

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.

20

Thruxton racing circuit, Thruxton, Andover SP11 8PW

Thruxton Motorsport Centre, near Andover, is the perfect playground for Top Gear petrol heads. This is where you get to drive your dream car on Britain’s fastest race circuit. In addition to circuit driving experiences, there’s 4x4 off-road driving and plenty more opportunity for thrills and adventure.

Shopping

11

The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6HE

A contemporary art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and ceramics from many well-established artists, as well as work from some very exciting younger artists. Solo, group and themed shows throughout the year.

12

Stockbridge SO20 6EY

Take a stroll along Stockbridge's handsome High Street and you'll immediately spot a wide variety of individual, independent retailers - from art galleries and boutiques to specialist food shops as well as a butcher, greengrocer and fishmonger.

14

Romsey Beer Emporium, 15 Bell Street SO51 8GY

This independent beer shop is in the centre of Romsey. Inside, you'll find over 250 bottles of beer, cider and perry from local and national brewers. Books, glasses and home brew kits are also available.

15

The Winchester Bookshop, St George's Street SO23 8BG

For lovers of antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, this established shop in Winchester’s St George’s Street offers an excellent selection on a variety of subjects. 01962 855630.

16

First Floor Gallery, 46 The Hundred, Romsey SO51 8BX

Expect a wide variety of goods and services at First Floor Gallery in Romsey - from professional bespoke framing to picture movement, installation and restoration. Original paintings, prints, ceramics, gifts and cards can also be found stocked here.

17

Salisbury SP1 1EJ

The historic city of Salisbury never fails to offer a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience. Among its quaint old streets, you’ll find an impressive array of quality retailers and independent shops – especially in the vicinity of Winchester Street, Catherine Street, Fisherton Street and High Street.

Places to visit

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Salisbury Cathedral SP1 2EJ

Its spire is the tallest in the country, immortalised in John Constable's famous painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, painted in 1831. The cathedral was begun in 1220, finished about 1280, and includes a medieval frieze and an original copy of the Magna Carta.

7

Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont SO51 0LP

This 12th-century former Augustinian priory became a private house after the Dissolution. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont includes a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler and a superb walled garden containing one of the finest collections of roses in the country. A tributary of the Test flows prettily through the grounds.

8

Whitchurch Silk Mill RG28 7AL

Dating from 1800 and restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Whitchurch is the oldest silk mill in the country. Weavers work here using 19th-century machinery.

9

Longstock Water Park Gardens, Stockbridge SO20 6JF

Open to visitors on the third Sunday of the month during spring, summer and autumn, Longstock Water Gardens, just a couple of miles from Stockbridge, comprise three hectares of woodland with lakes and interconnecting islands and was voted the finest water gardens in the world by the International Water Lily Society.

10

Broadlands, Romsey SO51 9ZD

Renowned for its fine Palladian-style architecture and open to visitors during the summer months, Broadlands was the home of the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. It was here that the Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first three days of their honeymoon in 1981.

19

Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN

Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain’s best-known houses, thanks to the international success of the award-winning ITV television series Downton Abbey, whose producers chose much of the interior for filming. A tour of the house and park is a must.

21

Winchester College, College Street, Winchester SO23 9NA

Founded in 1382, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Join one of the guided tours that explore the medieval heart of the college, including the Chamber Court, the 14th-century gothic chapel, the original scholars’ dining room, and the 17th-century red-brick schoolroom thought to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

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Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS

Awesome and full of interest, one of Europe’s finest cathedrals, with the longest of all Gothic naves, this magnificent building dominates the city’s compact and fascinating medieval centre. Treasures include many rare books, notably a wonderful 12th-century illuminated Bible, some spectacular architecture, and the tombs of Jane Austen, Izaak Walton and the early English kings. Don’t miss sung evensong for an opportunity to hear the choir.

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Hinton Ampner House, Bramdean, Hampshire SO24 0LA

Elegant country house set in superb countryside, best know for its fine gardens that combine formality of design with informality of planting. It’s full of scent and colour and offers walks with many unexpected vistas. The house contains an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d’art.

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The Grange, Northington, Hampshire SO24 9TG

One of Europe’s earliest and most remarkable Greek revival houses stands in a landscaped park with an ornamental lake in the Candover Valley north of Alresford. Although an empty shell, the exterior has been restored to its former glory, most strikingly the temple front supported on eight gigantic columns. It provides the impressive backdrop for the month-long Grange Park Opera Festival (June-July).

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Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DB

Stroll around the elegant little town of Alresford and you’ll find art galleries, specialist food shops, antiques and interior shops, as well top-notch boutiques like Moda Rosa for modern designer clothing and, next door, Hetre, for classic and contemporary shoes from the world’s leading designers.

Walking

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
For keen walkers, Hampshire is surprisingly varied and rewarding: there are still many tracts of unspoiled countryside and downland, especially in the vicinity of Winchester. The jewel in the county’s crown is undoubtedly the New Forest, now a National Park, but Hampshire can also claim several picturesque river valleys, including the Test (aka the queen of the chalk streams) where the walking (the Test Way) is particularly enjoyable. The county also boasts 13 long-distance trails, one of which, the 24-mile Clarendon Way starts in Winchester and finishes in Salisbury.

Cycling

www.hants.gov.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban paths make Hampshire a great place for cyclists. In addition, the New Forest has more than 100 miles of off-road routes.

Events

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
In September there’s the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show at Broadlands near Romsey, one of the oldest in the country, having been staged here annually since 1842. Another popular annual event is the New Forest and Hampshire Agricultural Show, which runs for three days and takes place at Brockenhurst. Or try the Winchester Hat Fair, a long-running street festival that offers four days of events and art installations. For opera lovers, there’s Grange Park Opera, near Alresford, where performances are staged over eight weeks in a theatre in the grounds of a ruined house.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From the M3 south leave at J11, go straight over the first roundabout, take the third exit at the second then turn right onto Kingsgate Street. Pub is at the end of the road with parking to the rear, which is reserved for overnight guests.

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Winchester (Waterloo 1 hour), an easy walk (or quick taxi ride) to the Wykeham Arms; follow sign to Cathedral and Winchester College

Address:

75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PE

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