Top Five Places in Winchester for a Drink in the Evening

We here at What’s Up Winchester like a drink. We like beer that is cold, we like ale that is room temperature, we like cocktails – classic and fancy, we like wine. We like all the wine. So we’ve invested some time in deciding our favourite places to have a drink. Caveat here is that…

Our Top Five Food and Drink Shops in Winchester

Winchester has a handful of shops selling food produce, but what we lack in quantity we certainly make up in quality. Now all we need is a butcher and greengrocers! Chococo , High Street If you haven’t visited Chococo then stop what you are doing, put down your phone and get down there immediately. If…

Top Five Independent Shops In Winchester

This post is dedicated to the places we like to spend our hard earned pennies. In a time when we all too quickly click and collect, it’s important to remember and support the local businesses which keep Winchester unique. We love what Winchester BID are doing to support and promote local business. You can find…

Top Five Winchester Pubs for chilly days and nights

There’s nothing quite like it. Walking through slightly misty or drizzly dark Winchester streets, past historical buildings and pushing open the door to a a cosy pub with a raging fire. An evening of good booze and good company holed up in cosy nooks is quintessentially a British thing to do. The following pubs are…

The Westgate – Sunday lunch

Spring has sprung in Winchester which means weekend walks in the sunshine.  While it’s not quite warm enough for me for outside dining, I now do like to have a Sunday lunch rather than dinner in front of the fire. My sister in law was visiting for the weekend and I’d gone all out for…

Three Joes – Joe Joe Joes – pizza pizza pizza

A few weeks ago, my other half went off to see some friends and left me house hunting alone.  Luckily I’ve got me some friends who were more than willing to be dragged around different people’s houses.  By the end of the day, we were tired, a bit fuzzy from a few pints in and…

The Winchester Orangery

The Winchester Orangery recently popped up in The Square.  One minute there was a boarded up shop, the next moment a garden themed, tree centred, plant filled cafe slash bar. From some local people in the industry, I’d heard good things about the quality of staff they’d employed so have been keen to try it…

Loch Fyne – breakfast

For the second weekend running, our plans for where to go to breakfast were scuppered.  We were supposed to be meeting friends at Josies for breakfast, but by the time we got there, (before 10) there was a 25 minute wait.  As much as I enjoy the food there, there really isn’t the room to…

Chesil Rectory – A Wessexian dream

A surprisingly late table reservation time of 9.30pm meant that prior to feasting on delights of the Chesil Rectory we were able to sample the joys of Winchester at night – the illumination of Winchester Cathedral, a moonlit walk by the Itchen river and the sight of YSL clad posh boys preparing to hit Vodka….

McDonalds – the hungover breakfast

I thought long and hard about whether to post this.  All that judgement. And then thought. Sod it. – we’ve all done it. Woken up Sunday morning more hungover than entirely necessary and a family gathering to get to. Needed food and fast.  And when you need food and fast you go to McDonalds. McDonalds…