On a long journey we stopped at Winchester having booked ahead for lunch by mobile at the Wykeham arms, based on 'highly thought of food ' review in the Good pub Guide. How wrong! We had looked forward to a traditional roast and ordered the roast beef for £15. It came with one thick slice of completely raw beef which may have been shown an oven for 5mins as there was a 1mm brown strip around the edge. The small jug of gravy when poured over it did not change the bluey red colour in the least so the gravy was clearly not hot (neither was the beef) and one taste of the beef convinced me that it was tough so asking for it to be cooked further would only toughen it more. The manager was very helpful, we were offered the choice of reheating or choose another dinner but looking at the menu we had lost confidence in any other choice (no other sliced roast meat available and anyway there were so few veg - 3 tiny cut up pieces of under roasted potato, 3 or 4 tiny baby carrots and no more than half a dozen matchstick thin beans. Only the yorkshire was a halfway decent size. Very poor value for money. I was so disappointed and embarrassed that I had had to complain that we opted to leave. To her credit the manager accepted this and didn't charge us at all, even for our red wine (which we had only lightly sipped as we were saving it for the roast beef to arrive!) We went back into the town centre to the William Walker and had a wonderful dinner of beautifully cooked roast chicken, gravy, lots of fresh carrot batons, lots of fresh green beans , a good helping of green cabbage and lots of delicious herby roasted new potatoes for just £9. Why can't the Wykeham Arms do that?
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- Our Chefs know you can only make great food with the best ingredients. So they demand that seasonal, local produce is delivered fresh every day. That’s our Chef’s commitment to your food and one of the reasons they put their signature on every menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wykeham Arms Winchester
- Wykeham Arms Hotel Winchester