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“Good food and a good atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of No 5 Bridge Street

No 5 Bridge Street
5 Bridge Street, Winchester, England
+44 1962 863838
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Ranked #65 of 147 Restaurants in Winchester
Cuisines: British, English
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: No.5 Bridge Street is a pub/bar & restaurant with rooms in Winchester City Centre. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The restaurant's menu is seasonal & dishes are freshly prepared. The menu is of British influence, based around local, seasonal ingredients, with a superb selection of grazing sharing plates. The bar offers a substantial wine list, traditional cocktail menu, well-kept locally sourced beers & premium lagers.The British tapas 'grazing' items on the bar & restaurant menu are great to share amongst friends with a bottle of wine.No.5's beautiful stable offers private dining & meeting facilities for 16 people.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good food and a good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We have visited No.5 Bridge street several times now, and it has always been consistently good. The restaurant is nicely spaced out and you have a good view into the busy kitchen.

The food is really nicely presented, and always tasty - if a tad on the small side. The only thing I am always a little disappointed with is the choice of desserts, not massive and never anything I really fancy, which is a shame, as for me it's usually a highlight of my meal.

The bar has a nice buzzy atmosphere and has an excellent choice of wines and cocktails etc. You also never have to wait too long to be served, unlike its sister establishment in Southampton, The White Star where you can be waiting for ages to get to the bar.

Overall a good night out with a group of friends!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“New Year's Eve 2012 - a night to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We decided to spend our New Year's Eve at No. 5 as it is a street's width away from my sister's home and came highly recommended. We went over at about 7.30 and the atmosphere was building nicely. We were shown to our table at about 8.00 pm and we studied the five course dinner menu. The menu was full of interesting dishes with a continental influence. We were struggling (not for the first time that night), firstly to choose what to have from the menu as it all looked good. We then started seeing some of the dishes coming out of the hard working kitchen and it all looked good. Then we discovered that there was not a choice you simply received everthing on the menu and in quantities enough to feed half of Winchester. (The owner did say he was being generous that night!) Starting with a selection of breads (all delicious) Dukkah and Pratts oil with marinated olives was very tasty. If we had only known then what was coming I would have been more careful with the bread!. Second course then was a whole board of citrus marinated salmon (bearing in mind there was only four of us!), a selection of cheeses (a meal i its own right) and hot cheese and garlic croquettes (2 each).
Beginning to feel quite full at this stage and this was only course 2. After a requested breather the next course arrived comprising a large bowl of lightly battered fish including calamari with lemon wedges, a main course in itself, chicken marinated with Morrocan spices, four skewers each, a salad of lettuce and vine tomatoes (what looked to be a lettuce between two people. and coca bread pizza like dish with broccoli, spinach and goats cheese.

We were really beginning to struggle at this point and requested a real breather of 35 - 40 minutes. Other guests even went for a walk or outside where there was a roaring fire in a chiminea. The staff were great and understanding and we received the first of two huge doggie bags of uneaten food that could be taken away.

Not giving up, after a sensible pause to digest some food, helped down by a very palatable red wine we requested the fouth course. Shock horror.... A large plate of lamb cutlets (two each), a dish of very rich walnut Arroz Caldoso with wild mushrooms ( a buttery mushroom rissotto ), an individual piece of cod in a parcel with vegetables and a pot of patatas aliolis (small pieces of fried potato with a rich garlic mayonnaise (couldn't even attempt that one!).

The staff all have clearly worked extremely hard in pre-preparing and preparing the food and the waiters and waitresses and the boss were constantly on hand to ensure everyone was happy. The boss even delivered a tray of beers to the kitchen which was well deserved just before they left to go to their own parties. No more need as the three desserts were all cold.

Defeated..... the three desserts of a Baileys Tiramisu ( a dish between two), a generous slice of an incredibly rich chocolate cheesecake each and, fresh fruit salad in an infusion of mint tea, were taken away untouched and still too much for one sitting on Tuesday!

For £50 a ticket which also included some live music was incredible value. If you get large quantities of food the quality normally diminished proportionately but not in this case. All the food was a very high standard, we were just not prepared (nor expected to receive everything!) Even at half the quantities we would have been more than generously fed and would still have been good value.

No 5 has been there for about 12 months now and it deserves to be successful in these difficult times. Good luck and I will certainly be visiting agian on my next trip to Winchester (but for a more modest selection.....)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice place, good service and food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This place is great for a meal out with family and friends but not sure it would do for a 'romantic evening'. The bar is good and seems well stocked. The food was not quite great but was good. The staff was attentive but the service was a little slow at first.
I would recommend this for a nice venue for a group of people.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic service. Food: hit and miss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Really lovely place in Winchester - great atmosphere and the serving staff were very attentive in a warm and pleasant manner. (Not OTT though)

Deserts need a bit of improvement. Avoid the lemon syllabub- tastes a bit too much like lemon peel to be pleasant. Chocolate cheesecake is nice but needs something lighter to compliment it, rather than the tart blackcurrant. Was underwhelmed by the menu choice for desserts.

Other than that though, it was a good dining experience. Steak was nice. Soup was great - chorizo and chestnut.

I enjoyed the experience and would go back again, but probably wouldn't have a pudding!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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51 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“All the ingredients for a great place but let down by details.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

Visited with a party of 12 and put in a private room out back.

We had pre-ordered from the Christmas menu and the food came quickly and together.

Food was good and well cooked and though some of the combinations did not work so well it was well presented.

Serving staff were young and inexperienced. They had the tendency to leave the door open while they served the table - freezing - and did little more than bring the food. Certainly no added value.

All in £45 per head with drinks did not quite feel like good value. Might give them another try when it's not Christmas.

Very well kept local real ale was a very nice touch though!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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