“A favourite watering-hole of Winchester locals, chaplain and college students for over 250 years. The traditional exterior leads to an idiosyncratic interior; walls are lined with canes, dog-eared photographs, Latin examination results and you can even set your drink down on an old school desk. Full bodied wines match full bellied menus: locally sourced beef, Gressingham duck and their famous cottage pie. Unlike most public houses, The Wykeham Arms is blessed with large rooms worthy of a gentleman's club. Upstairs you are released from the ground floor's eccentric embrace. Rooms are decorated in a classic country style with dark polished woods, shining brass beds or palatial four posters. No sloping ceilings or beams to bump your head on here. Bathrooms are large and light with roll top baths and fireplaces (albeit decorative). Whilst not everyone will appreciate the seemingly obligatory teddy on pillow, they will appreciate the childlike zest for fun and school masterly attention to detail that this property exudes. A no brainer for a weekend spent exploring the historic city of Winchester. ”
Open one of the handsome Georgian bow doors into the Wykeham Arms, on the corner of Canon Street and Kingsgate Street in Winchester, and out floats the reassuring aroma of 250 years of slap-up meals served to hungry college boys, visiting parents, locals and no doubt the odd cathedral cleric.
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)