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Stuck in North Texas
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Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

We will be coming to Winchester early on the 14th May for 2 nights. Where to stay close to the city centre? There are 4 of us - 2 70's and 2 50's - last time here was in 1979 - had a lot of stairs, can't do that this time. Not any wiser but a lot older. Need your rec about good affordable pub to eat - and your favorite thing to do. We are varied - a musician, a cowboy, artifact/coin hunter, and organizer. Any ideas and suggestions appreciated. We'll be arriving by train and leaving for Heathrow on either train or bus.

Southampton, United...
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1. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

Hi

Try the Old Vine right opposite the Cathedral, it's an 18th century Hotel, Bar & Restaurant, I've never stayed there but have eaten there and the food is good.

Stu

Stuck in North Texas
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2. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

Stu - thanks for your reply and suggestion re the Old VIne. I was hoping to hear from a local - as I've always relied on hints from those in the know.

We got good deal on a Heritage 2 night stay at the WInchester Hotel - also close to the Cathedral. It includes daily breakfast and a 3 course dinner one night, plus admission to the Cathedral and Great Hall. And it has a lift! We will probably eat & drink at the Old Vine for our other meals. If you have any other suggestion about something to see or do - please advise!

Carolll

England
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3. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

There are plenty of places to eat, and with Winchester being so small you're never far from somewhere to eat. Underneath the Guildhall, not far at all from the Hotel you're staying in, is the Tourist Information Centre. You will find them incredibly helpful at giving you suggestions on things to do and places to go based on your interests.

Stuck in North Texas
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4. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

Yes, thank you. I have already been in touch with the Winchester Tourist Info and received an answer to a question this morning.

Their maps are also very handy as we are limited in our walking, and can put in any destination (from our hotel) and see exactly how far it is to walk there.

The only thing that is a disappointment is that we will miss the famous markets - both at Winchester (on Sat) and at Salisbury (Tuesday). We had read that there was a direct bus to SAL, but the Tourist Info informed us that it had been discontinued - so we would be spending 2.5 hours going to and from the market. We will just stay in Win as there is a wealth of things we are interested in seeing. I still am looking for a great steak and ale pie and some fried up cod and chips!

Southampton, United...
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5. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

You could always try the Wykeham Arms in Winchester for food.... I haven't eaten in there for a couple years but its always packed.. and you do need to book... its in a nice location in Winchester near the Cathedral... in fact check out the trip advisor reports on it...

If you want to go out for a drink in a not noisy pub, then you could try the Royal Oak, Winchester.. its a long thin pub, and one of the oldest in Britain apparently... have a look at the old wall downstairs, and a sign will say that the wall is the original wall from years and years ago.. cant remember the date.

England, United...
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Something to see/do?

A little gem often over looked in Winchester is the City Museum. The entrance is off The Square by the footpath to the Cathedral. It's free entry and has some lovely mosiacs and other local finds on display. It is set out in date periods over 2 or 3 floors but it does have a small lift for those that need it.

There is a market of one description or another most days in Winchester.

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7. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

If I had to take a visitor from the US to a traditional pub in Winchester, then without doubt it'd be this one :

thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/…Black-Boy-SO23-9NQ

Friendly locals, good beer and a nice atmosphere

Mike

Alton, United...
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8. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

Another option for accommodation could be the Hotel Du Vin (which sometimes has some good deals) despite the fact I only live 20 mins drive up the road, we have stayed there overnight and the accommodation out the back is lovely, 3 or 4 steps to get in, then all on the level, with little areas for sitting outside (they are also very dog friendly!)

As for pubs in Winchester, it is really very hard to go wrong!

If you're national trust members, the Mill is quite a nice poochy place to pop into (especially if it's raining!)

Southampton, United...
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9. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

It only takes 30 mnutes or so, but you must see the old remains of the Winchester castle & great hall.. You cant miss the round table... dating back hundreds of years... see how many of king arthurs knights you can remember... the great hall and remains of the castle are at the top of the town...

If you do walk to the black boy, probably 20 minutes walk from the middle of Winchester, take the walk along the river...

Winchester, UK
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10. Re: Would like your rec for place to stay and local pub etc!

Pubs:

Black Boy

Wykeham Arms

Hyde tavern

St James Tavern

King Alfred for a decent pub lunch

Classic walk Kind alfred's statue down to Bishop on the bridge (Pub) turn right - follow river, go to Black Boy then past Wolsley Palace (free entry) to Wykeham Arms then through Catherdral close back to the high street.

If you have a map that should be traceable.

Enjoy your stay