Writing this after reading in our local paper how brilliant this place is. Unbelievable, even by local rag, grovelly standards. I was narked in particular by the reviewers reference to negative tripadvisor comments. Apparently such negative reviewers are 'idiots'. So, here is another idiot who definitely did not find his evening at The Wykeham Arms to be anything like excellent.
The place is well located, attractive and full of interesting local pictures and artefacts. The food was tasty and the beer good. Now for the downsides, and there are many.
- ludicrously expensive. Bill for a quiet evening out for 4 over £170. This is not a michelin starred london restaurant but a pub in Winchester
- appallingly pretentious (see above)
- tiny portions. Fine dining? No, just mean
- slow service
Let's sum up by telling you about just one aspect of a disappointing experience. Ordered the cheeseboard. Very expensive. Took forever to arrive. Served on a silly piece of slate. A few pieces of unimpressive cheese and five small (50p size) hard biscuits located in a silly little lidded box.
One of the party suggested stopping for chips on the way back. We were tempted!More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included