The Old Vine is a stunning Grade II listed hotel, bar and restaurant set in the beautiful, historical city of Winchester. This 18th-century inn is steeped in history, and located just minutes from Jane Austen’s house, Winchester College and the Great Hall. The Old Vine is also brimming with awards – including winning bronze at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2017 – and should be top of everyone’s foodie hit-list when visiting the area.
The varied menu showcases seasonal and local Hampshire produce. Starters include homemade chicken liver pâté served with a sweet apple chutney and toast; pulled pork croquettes in crispy breadcrumbs with an apple and ginger purée, and a vegan meze comprising falafel, hummus, olives, and tomato and aubergine salsa served with crisp ciabatta. Main courses feature a range of tempting options including meat-free dishes and a daily-changing fish specials board. For meat-lovers, the slow-braised lamb shank accompanied by mashed potato, fresh vegetables and a red wine, redcurrant, rosemary and mint gravy is an admirable choice. The Old Vine is featured in The Good Beer Guide 2018, so unsurprisingly the bar is well stocked with local ale and beer. With a suntrap patio where dogs are welcome and a crackling log fire by the bar, there’s always a reason to visit this awardwinning pub come rain or shine. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, the accommodation at The Old Vine comes highly recommended.