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Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester is an old city approximately 60 miles south-west of London and 10 miles north of Southampton. Winchester landmarks include the Cathedral, the Great Hall with the round table, the city museum and the St Cross Hospital just south of the city out on the water meadows.

It has many fine pubs and is certainly a great place to visit – but I’m biased, as I used to live there.

Getting to Winchester

Winchester station is on the north-western corner of the main city centre and is well served by South West Trains services to London, Southampton and Portsmouth. There are also Cross Country Trains services calling at Winchester which operate between Bournemouth, Reading, Manchester and other destinations in the north.

The main bus station is at the western end of the High Street close to the statue of King Alfred and the Guildhall.

Winchester Pubs

Bishop on the Bridge

Bishop on the Bridge - full review

1 High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9JX
Tel: 01962 855111
This pub has had a chequered past as an Eldridge Pope pub and then being derelict. But since it became a Fuller's pub in 2003 its future has been more assured. Fuller's refurbished the pub on taking it over to produce an airy and light space ... Read full review of Bishop on the Bridge

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Black Boy

Black Boy - full review

1 Wharf Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NQ
Tel: 01962 861754
Larger photos of the Black Boy, Winchester Sprawling, but cosy pub on the south-eastern side of the city centre. In my view the Black Boy is the best pub in Winchester. It has been extended a couple of times since I first started coming ... Read full review of Black Boy

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 5 stars out of 5


Eclipse - full review

25 The Square, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9EX
Tel: 01962 865676
The Eclipse is a tiny city-centre pub opposite the Winchester museum and the cathedral. On sunny days the pub can be deserted as all the customers are seated outside on the pavement. This cafe style give the pub a friendly feel but it must ... Read full review of Eclipse

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Exchange - full review

9 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9DZ
Tel: 01962 854718
This pub at the northern end of Southgate Street has a modern feel despite the prevalence of dark wood panneling and furniture. The central bar is surrounder on 3 sides by seating areas and there is a small patio garden out the back with a ... Read full review of Exchange

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 2 stars out of 5

Fulflood Arms

Fulflood Arms - full review

28 Cheriton Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5EF
Tel: 01962 842996
Wow! Amazing to find a Greene King pub with so many non-Greene King beers. Looked like 5 different real ales available on my last visit including the excellent Itchen Valley Pue Gold which I tried. As well as the Greene King IPA there were also ... Read full review of Fulflood Arms

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5

Green Man

53 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EH
Tel: 01962 865429
** Currently Believed Closed ** The Green Man is (was) a Grene King pub south of the centre of Winchester. When open it used to have a great selection of real ales - mainly guests including beers from Bowman's and Bath Ales. But ... Read full review of Green Man

Hyde Tavern

Hyde Tavern - full review

57 Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DY
Tel: 01962 862592
See larger photos of the Hyde Tavern. The Hyde Tavern is a gorgeous little pub on the northern side of the city and has been enjoying a return to form after the Greene King occupation was ended. This used to be one of my favourite pubs in the ... Read full review of Hyde Tavern

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Old Vine

Old Vine - full review

8 Great Minster Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9HA
Tel: 01962 854616
The Old Vine can be found at the north-western corner of the cathedral grounds - close to the Eclipse pub and the centre of Winchester. A few years ago the Old Vine used to be a scruffy chain pub that only really attracted visitors to the ... Read full review of Old Vine

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Roebuck Inn

57 Stockbridge Rd, Winchester, SO22 6RP
Tel: 01962 865412
Bright and spacious Greene King pub on the Stockbridge Road - about 5 minutes walk west of the station. Like the nearby Fulflood Arms this pub appears to have had a makeover fairly recently. The interior is mainly woody in appearance with some comfy ... Read full review of Roebuck Inn

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

St James Tavern

St James Tavern - full review

3 Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5BE
Tel: 01962 861288
The St James Tavern is at the eastern end of Romsey Road, close to Winchester station and the West Gate of the city. The pub is a bit like a tardis - it looks tiny from the outside but actually is much bigger inside. The interior is wooden ... Read full review of St James Tavern

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5

Westgate Inn

Westgate Inn - full review

2 Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TP
Tel: 01962 820222
The Westgate Inn is situated on a busy corner by the West Gate at the top of the hill that becomes High Street. It is approx 3 minutes walk south of Winchester railway station. The outside of the pub currently appears a bit tatty but it's ... Read full review of Westgate Inn

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5

Wykeham Arms

Wykeham Arms - full review

75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PE
Tel: 01962 853834
Traditional pub in the back streets behind the cathedral. The pub has two main bar areas and a couple of dining areas. Some of the seating is formed of old school desks and there are many old college-related items hanging on the wall. I ... Read full review of Wykeham Arms

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4 stars out of 5

Eating in Winchester

If eating in one of the pubs does not tempt you, then I can recommend the Pizza Express in Bridge Street, which is right at the eastern end of the High Street. Try and get a table overlooking the river.

Staying in Winchester

If you’re looking for a comfortable Bed and Breakfast near the centre then I recommend Mrs Brett (Tel: 01962 861 450 / 07802 478 926). She’s just up the road from the Wykeham Arms.

One Response to “Winchester”

  1. Hello,

    Next time you are Winchester way, why not come and visit us at The Kings Head in Hursley?
    We have 3 regular ales plus 2 guest ales on every day and offer home cooked food all day.

    Hopefully see you soon


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