If you’re looking to dance on the tables then ‘Greens’ wine bar is small but hugely atmospheric and is a must on a Friday night. If you are after something a little more sophisticated, then cocktails at No.5 Bridge St followed by fine dining at the Michelin starred Black Rat would be top of our list. For somewhere warm on a sunny Sunday afternoon, park yourself in the pretty garden of Bishop on the Bridge for a cold pint or glass of wine and enjoy the view across the River Itchen.
Independent and boutique style shops are plentiful throughout Winchester – The Consortium is a little gem packed full of individual furniture pieces and Cadogens offers a wide range of quality clothing brands, to name but a few. Independent Coffee houses are in abundance and we are very lucky to have both Coffee Lab and Cafe Winchester on our doorstep, with the ever popular Caracoli only a stones throw away!
If it’s the children you need to please then you have many options… River park Leisure centre in the City Centre with activities galore or Marwell Zoo and Activity Barn just a short drive out of town.
It’s not just the city centre which draws people in, the surrounding villages are beautiful and packed with gorgeous countryside. St Catherine’s Hill is the place for a dog walk or if you’re feeling brave a run up the steps!! Farley Mount and Cheesefoot Head are just a few of the other beauty spots to mention.
The villages have many lovely country pubs with great grub – The Old Forge in Otterbourne and The Bugle in Twyford are just two of the goodies.
And lastly, for the serious stuff… education and travel. Winchester has many excellent State and Independent schools. There really are too many to mention, but of particular note is St Faith’s primary in St Cross and Peter Symonds 6th form college, both Ofsted outstanding. Twyford Prep situated on the South Downs is a popular choice for an independent prep taking girls and boys from aged 3 through to 13. Frequent trains run to London Waterloo in just under an hour, and access to the M3 and beyond is just outside the City Centre.
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