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The Chestnut Horse

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, British, Pub
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Easton Lane, Winchester SO21 1EG, England
+44 1962 779257
12:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 12:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Faultless-yes, but one more member of staff would have caused me to rate 'Perfect' I dont like long waits between courses. They were very busy on New Years Day, but even tho' we booked for 12 noon our lunch lasted well over 2 hours. Ambiance great, food terrific and proper napkins-bliss !!

Thank Saqqajja
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Met some friends for Sunday lunch here as it was equi-distant from where we both happened to be that weekend, so luckily won't have call to return. It was very busy but there was nowhere to wait without standing right next to some poor person who was trying to eat their lunch. Service was very slow, and 25 minutes after... More 

Thank David M
Woking, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Three of us arrived without a booking at 13:40 on a Thursday, while walking along the river Itchen. Only two tables were unoccupied, but we were quickly made welcome, and enjoying a starter of beetroot with goats cheese, walnuts and leaves. Two of us then had classic fish and chips (cod) with mushy peas, and one had skate wing with... More 

Thank oldtraveller_12
Botley, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I chose this pub for my birthday meal along with my husband and 2 friends as, over the years, I had often heard how good the food was. We opened the door to a very inviting open fire. Unfortunately we had to wait quite a while for our drinks order to be taken. Once our food order was placed we... More 

Thank Barbara R
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Not very busy for Sunday lunch but the service was dreadful and the meals expensive for what you got. Not enough menus, confusion over what was soup of the day, asking us to pay for the bill when we hadn't had the coffee we'd paid for, not being offered a dessert - THESE ARE VERY BASIC THINGS!!

Thank Ian R
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We took our friends there expecting the food to be top notch. Unfortunately we were very disappointed as the portions were extremely small for the price which is a recurring problem.

Thank Jackie K
Winchester, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The gardens are lovely and if you are lucky enough to get a table, you're in for a treat. If you're unlucky, you might find yourself squashed in in the back room where it is incredibly dingy and uncomfortable. The menu and food are average and overpriced in my opinion. I do love their desserts tho!

Thank catp79
Hampshire, UK
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Sunday lunch is not perhaps the best meal to choose for a first visit but we did. Lovely pub in a very pretty village but sadly the food and service in no way matched the location and atmosphere. It was very busy which is probably why things took so long. We arrived at 1pm and left after 4 having had... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We came by this lovely little pub quite by accident and even though we did not gave a booking and we're just a couple of minutes before last orders for lunch, it was not a problem and we were shown to a cosy corner table in the restaurant. The food and service were very good indeed. We had steak and... More 

Thank John S
Kington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We booked at the last minute, staff were really helpful and friendly. The food was really good and they were very able to cater for a gluten free diet. The pub interior is lovely, very pretty and 'olde worlde'. The service was excellent and we could park our camper van overnight on the pub car park.

Thank Iolanthe22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$29
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Easton Lane, Winchester SO21 1EG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1962 779257
Set in the heart of the Itchen Valley, The Chestnut Horse is a hidden gem.A traditional 16th Century English pub serving local, fresh produce, hand picked fine wines and award winning beer with friendly, attentive yet not obtrusive service.The Chestnut Horse can cater for all occasions an intimate meal to wedding celebrations!!Well behaved children and dogs are more than with plenty of treats for our two and four legged friends!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?