We all know and love Rick Stein for his ocean delicacies, but it’s not very often you’ll find a Rick Stein restaurant outside of Cornwall. Fortunately for us in 2014 he opened a restaurant on Winchester High Street, right in the heart of the city. A great place to eat out in Winchester.
The restaurant is a welcome break off the busy High Street and the perfect place for a spot of lunch. Famous for his fish and shellfish dishes, you can’t but feel in-touch with the big blue from the moment you step in the door. The décor in the restaurant is clean and fresh, and clever little touches give an authentic feeling of being by the sea. From the deep blue water glasses and napkins, to the coastal artwork hung on the walls. Even the background music plays its part in transporting you to the ocean.
The attentive staff will make you feel welcome, whilst the open kitchen adds a touch of flair to the atmosphere as you watch the chefs hard at work and hear the sizzle of fresh fish on the grill.
The restaurant offers both an a la carte and set lunch menu option, which include a good selection of non-fish based delights, a vegetarian menu and gluten free options. Rick Stein has always emphasised that fish needs to be cooked simply, the quality of the produce is the hero of the dish and this is emphasised by its presentation.
Each course is simply cooked to perfection, with a nod to its coastal heritage. The wine menu boast a selection of wines picked by Rick Stein himself and complement the dishes perfectly.
A crisp white wine goes down a treat with tender fish that falls off the bone. At Rick Stein’s in Winchester it’s not just about the food, it’s about the experience, and from the moment you step in the door a great experience is what you’ll have. To book call 01962 35 35 35 or visit rickstein.com.
Image credit (interior and prawn cocktail davidgriffenphotography)