Places To Stay In Winchester – The Wykeham Arms

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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.

Steve and I spent the night whilst visiting my aunt and uncle who very luckily live just up the road. I guess that’s why The Wykeham has become such a special place for me. It reminds me of the importance of family and on top of that it is one of if not THE best pub in the city in my opinion.

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.

Steve and I felt very fortunate to have this space at our disposal for the night. The upstairs bedroom complete with a large TV that emerges from a chest via remote control from the end of the bed was something Steve was really impressed with! For me, the bathroom got my vote. A spacious walk in shower, a roll top bath and twin sinks. The bathroom was kitted out with fluffy bath robes and Bramley products. Of course I had to have a pre dinner bubble bath. It would have been rude not to take advantage of that tub!

We had dinner reservations with my aunt and uncle at 7.30pm back in the pub so headed over for a drink before they arrived. They have a fine beer and wine selection and have two English sparkling wines on their list which of course I was thrilled to see. Steve ordered an IPA and I a glass of Furleigh Estate Brut Rosé which we savoured whilst waiting for Dai and Lorraine.

Once we were all together we made our way through our table in the restaurant. We must have been the last diners to be seated. The place was heaving. A great sign for a Tuesday night. The menu is modern classic with many traditional dishes served with a slight twist. The vegetarian options are great and never dull. My roasted heritage carrot dish with Laverstoke mozzarella was delicious.

After dinner we said farewell to Lorraine and Dai. They took the short walk home to their townhouse whilst I made my way back across the street to The Bakehouse and my comfy bed. Steve decided to stay on in the bar for a night cap.

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.

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