I had intended to eat at The Eclipse Inn (opposite the cathedral). It was early afternoon. Sorry the kitchen is closed for the day.
I walked to the end of the High Street and set foot in Bishop on the Bridge (opposite the City Mill). I turned around and came straight back out. Very noisy.
I retraced my footsteps and went in the Crown and Anchor which I had passed earlier.
From the outside, a charming pub. Inside gutted, nothing but a shell, widescreen TVs on the walls. The toilets were grim. No atmosphere. The type of pub you expect to find sawdust on the floor.
Lots of specials chalked up on the wall, though I suspected it was always the same specials chalked up on the wall as there was rather a lot of them. In fact there was more specials chalked up then there was meals on the menu on the tables.
I chose pork loin with all the trimmings.
How long will it be, I asked. Only a few minutes. Not a good sign for what are claimed to be specially prepared meals.
When it arrived a few minutes later it was singularly unappetising. I was baffled why what appeared to be side salad on my plate. I popped a piece of spring onion in my mouth. To my surprise it was piping hot!
That the food was hot was about the only good thing to say. The impression I got was white chiller van food hotted up in a microwave.
The service was no existent. I had to go to the bar to get cutlery and a paper serviette.
Just when I though it could get no worse, a group of ignorant oafs stood at the bar next to my table. Did the whole pub really wish to hear details of their boring lives? Just as I was starting to get a headache they fortunately moved off.
We spend money on promoting tourism, probably jobs for the boys and girls, but do nothing to support tourism. Yes, there are places to see and visit in Winchester, but nowhere to eat.
It is easy to see why sandwich bars and bakeries do so well, when there is nowhere else to eat.
I could have eaten from one of these takeaway eateries, but I wanted to eat in one of the old pubs. Apart from The Eclipse Inn, the ones I entered were a shell, the innards gutted.
I found the Crown and Anchor was not as many claimed in their fulsome praise, nothing like. Many I would regard as suspicious when they all sing from the same song sheet, all say the same thing.
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