In the two years we’ve been living in Winchester, we’ve driven past the sign for Winchester Golf Academy a number of times, but not actually driven in. And not suprising really, as it is a little off the beaten track. But after our visit on Friday I would recommend it as a great place to visit.
We went with friends, one of whom visits to perfect his swing. It’s been about 8 years since I’ve hit a golf ball, so I was more than a little rusty. However I had forgotten how much fun it is when you get that ‘pock’ sound when you hit the ball properly. Free to use the driving range, so turn up and buy a bucket of balls. Details here: Winchester Golf Academy.
After we got through the bucket of balls and the humiliation of some truly laughable attempts, we went back into the bistro which is run by Little Kitchen Company who also cater for events. We’d come specifically for fondue night! Fondue?! You mean fundue right?! A giant bubbling pot of melted cheese?! I was dribbling before I arrived. I haven’t had cheese fondue for… I don’t even know how many years so I was super pysched.
The very lovely staff welcomed us and offered us a glass of wine from their selection. And then out came the cheese. They’d done a mix of different cheeses in there including roquefort, which gave it a subtle piquancy. All in a beautiful bubbling pot.
And then came the sharing boards. And boy were they generous: caper berries, cornichons, figs, roast vegetables, three different types of bread, roasted potatoes, different meats and tomatoes. I can’t really state how generous these portions were. And we ate and ate. And ate.
While we were working our way through even after we had all stated that we were full, the table next to us had desserts delivered. We laughed at the very thought of eating dessert. Turns out we were about to have three desserts delivered each.
There was a beautiful smooth mango sorbet, a blackberry trifle which was absoutely divine and a chocolate cheesecake (yes more cheese). I polished off the sorbet and trifle but just could not managed to fit in the cheesecake. Luckily for me, the staff boxed it up and I ate it the next day. It had a really fruity chewy base which I was not expecting and it was very very good.
This was great food, great service and great value as altogether it was £25 a head (which included the glass of wine).
They have a number of events coming up at the bistro which you can book in for and I’m sure it won’t be long before we will be back!