Whenever I find myself in Winchester I always have to stop in at The Wykeham Arms. It might just be an drink after a long walk or dinner if I am lucky. This time I enjoyed the works. Post walk afternoon drinks, dinner and the most exciting nights stay in their Bakehouse Suite.
I love the subtle nod to the area it frequents. The Wykeham Arms nestles in amongst the beautiful buildings of Winchester College with vintage school desks now the tables in the bar. I imagine (and see) lecturers and teachers stopping in for lunch or after work drinks and dinner, warming their hands on the roaring fires.
The pub itself is old school. There aren’t any gimmicks thank goodness. Music doesn’t play, there aren’t any arcade style games; it’s just an honest drinking pub which happens to have a darn fine restaurant area that serves top notch food. The service is second to none. Every single member of staff I have come across in my numerous visits over the years have been wonderful. This visit was no different.
We arrived mid afternoon on a Tuesday just after lunch service to find the last of the diners finishing up and a few couples warming themselves in the bar over a cosy drink. We checked in and were shown to our suite which happened to be just across the street. The Bakehouse is separate from the main pub in behind the Saint George Tea Room. A luxurious upstairs, downstairs situation with the double bedroom upstairs and the living room and spacious bathroom downstairs.
Waking up refreshed I was eager to sample breakfast. I can’t go a day without a good breakfast and I had a feeling that breakfast at The Wykeham Arms was going to be good. Steve and I always wake up at different times. I am a bit of an early bird so was pleased that there were tea and coffee making facilities in the room as a stop-gap whilst I waited for Steve to surface.
Once we were both ready we mooched over to be greeted with a buffet of fresh fruit, pastries and the like whilst a menu was provided for cooked items. Steve decided on scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast whilst I opted for the cold buffet. Everything was just how I had imagined and tea was on continuous top up whilst I read the morning papers. What a fab way to start my last day in Winchester.
If you happen to be in the cathedral city may I recommend you stay at The Wykeham Arms but at the very least stop in for a glass of something cold. I don’t think you could be disappointed.
If you are looking for somewhere else to visit whilst in Winchester why not check out my post on the Saint George Tea Room.
You will find The Wykeham Arms at 75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9PE
Disclaimer; I was not paid for this post and all views are my own as always. Steve and I paid for our room but at a discounted rate.