What was a pub, dating back to the 1700's, is now a good neighbourhood restaurant, offering a seasonal menu offering bold flavours and adventurous dining.
An early autumn snapshot brought 'Braised Oxtail Ravioli with Foraged Mushrooms & Beef Broth'; 'Purple-Sprouting Broccoli with Poached Quails Eggs, Cantabrian Anchovy, Almonds & Fried Breadcrumbs'; 'Huntsman Farm Middle White Brawn with Chicory, Parsley & Mustard' and 'Grilled Portland Red Mullet with Pepperonata, Kalamata Olives & Capers' among the starters.
'Char-Grilled Rabbit with Cauliflower Cheese Croquette, Parsley Purée & Young Carrots'; 'Daube of Longhorn Beef with Pork Belly, Snails, Parsnips & Cavolo Nero'; 'Roast Line-Caught Sea Bass with Confit Chicken Wings, Leeks, Ratte, Trompettes & Verjus' and 'Chicory Tart Tatin with Chestnuts, Lentils & Creamed Roquefort' listed among the mains.
Depending on the season, good puds might include 'Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with Parsnip Ice Cream & Peanut Brittle'; 'Apple Tart Fine with Dulche de Leche & Crab Apple Ice Cream' and 'Milk Pannacotta with Roast Quince & Coffee Essence'.
They have a comfortable bar upstairs, where you can enjoy a pre-prandial drink.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Sat & Sun 12.00-14.15; set L19.50 (2 courses), £23.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.30; mains £17 to £20
- Seats: 40, plus 15 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at £15.50
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but Basr upstairs
- Nearest station: Winchester Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Closed: L Mon-Fri; 24th Dec-7th Jan
- Outside eating