The Wykeham Arms, Winchester, Hampshire
It's two AA Rosette dining rather than school dinners here, though you may be asked to pull up an old desk complete with ink-well to enjoy a pint or bar snack at this quirky 18th-century public house. The 1755 pub is filled with bric-a-brac and old prints, gathered by previous owner Graeme Jameson before it was bought by Fuller's, each telling a story. Dishes on the eclectic menu are creative and delicious - think plant-based wild strawberry mille feuille and crispy ox tongue. Bedrooms have been stylishly refurbished to a high standard - choose from vintage elegance with a four-poster bed, chandeliers and a roll-top bath or contemporary chic where retro steamer trunks double as bedside tables.
Your expert reviewer
Walk through the nearby cathedral grounds at night when the medieval buildings are lit up and soak up the atmosphere.
Sandwiched between the cathedral and 14th-century college and near the sights of historic Winchester, including Keats' Walk.
By car: around 1 hour 45 minutes from Bristol and London, and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: direct trains to Winchester station from Southampton Central (20 minutes) London Waterloo (1 hour) and Manchester Piccadilly (4 hours). The hotel is a 15-minute walk away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Couples, business people and visitors looking for a centrally located city hotel will love staying here. We loved browsing the memorabilia which provides a fascinating trip down memory lane.
Service & Facilities
The bawdy Ronald Searle satirical cartoons about wine were cleverly drawn, very witty and very, very funny.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Suite, where Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton allegedly stayed, is all vintage - think maritime wallpaper, king-sized four-poster bed, chandelier, chaise longue and fireplace. The minibar is free of charge and includes a range of Fuller's beer - naturally.
Luxury Room, Superior Room, Suite, Garden Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There's a variety of dishes on offer from devilled mushrooms with duck egg to plant-based wild strawberry mille feuille. The crumble dessert daintily wrapped in ribbons of apple was as pretty as a picture and tasted absolutely divine.
The Wykeham Arms: 2 AA-Rosette country pub. British cuisine and pub classics including lamb pie, loin of hake and coq au vin. Open daily from 12pm.
Rooms available from £89.10 per night
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