A warm welcome to our beautiful Winchester hotel, bar and restaurant in the heart of England’s ancient capital
Located right in the heart of historic Winchester you’ll find us in a Grade II listed building that’s steeped in character and charm. Our cosy 18th-century inn, with its gnarled oak beams and roaring log fire, is a relaxed, friendly place to get together for lunch, supper or a drink in comfortable and stylish surroundings – we’re just a short walk from the cathedral, and perfectly placed for Winchester’s vibrant city centre, with its wonderful array of independent boutiques, first-rate restaurants and buzzing night-life. Winchester College, the university and historical sites such as Jane Austen’s house and the Great Hall are only a short walk away.
We’re delighted to have been awarded Bronze in the Tourism Pub of the Year category for The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2016/17, which celebrates the best in tourism and hospitality throughout the region.
If you have an enquiry about a guest room or the restaurant, or would like to make a booking, then please email email@example.com and we’ll get back to you right away (email is preferred, as we can’t always answer the phone, particularly during a busy service); or call +44 (0)1962 854616, leaving a voicemail if necessary.
You’ll love the interesting selection of local real ales and carefully chosen wines in our traditional oak-beamed bar; delicious home-cooked food, much of it locally sourced and seasonally balanced, in the relaxed yet elegant surroundings of our restaurant; a crackling log fire in winter; a sunny, flower-filled patio in summer (100% smoke-free); and friendly, helpful staff. Your four-legged friends are welcome in the bar, too!
So whether your visiting our lovely city for pleasure, stopping over on business, or taking a break on the way to a cruise from Southampton, you can be sure of warm hospitality and a delightful stay in our beautifully presented, four-star hotel accommodation located in central Winchester, Hampshire – now featuring in the AA’s Highly Commended category of accommodation providers who go the extra mile.
A history of the Old Vine: the land on which the Old Vine now stands has had a colourful history, from Saxon and Norman Royal Palace to Royal Castle and thence to private occupation in the mid-13th century and a tavern in the mid-14th century (which is actually below ground in what is now the cellar and office, and was reached by a stairway from ground level). Local historian Mr Paul Poornan has made an extensive study of the Old Vine’s history – to read his compelling account please click here