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Trendy dining is on the menu at No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester

There’s a certain quality you expect from any venue based in Winchester. This historic and idyllic city deserves a high-end level of sophistication and this is exactly what you’ll find as you head into No.5 Bridge Street.Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 15.43.23

Greeted by an impressive and well-stocked bar, there’s a vibrant and trendy vibe that radiates throughout the venue. The bar area offers the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy one of the 53 wines on offer and one of the freshly brewed beers, brewed especially for the Ideal Collection Group by Itchen Valley Brewery.

As you head towards the back of the venue past the bar, you’ll find a more romantic setting to enjoy your dinner. The restaurant maintains the chic style found throughout, with a cosy and atmospheric setting for your meal. With an open view of the kitchen you can see head chef Andy Yates and his team creating culinary delights.

The menu at No.5 Bridge Street is really something special. A stretch from your normal a la carte menu, the small plates offer the choice of delicious starters or a selection for a tapas style dinner with friends. The mains open themselves up to a “build your own” approach, allowing you to tailor your main perfectly to your taste. The ‘while you wait’ section of the menu temps you with the perfect introduction to your meal, from large juicy olives to Artisan breads, complete with a delicious dukkah spice that compliments the rapeseed oil and apple balsamic perfectly.

No.5BridgeStreetNow you’ve awoken those taste buds it’s time to welcome the starters. Tender scallops that melt in your mouth, placed on a silky smooth cauliflower puree, all tied together with a preserved lemon dressing and smoked bacon for that bit of crunch. Perfectly battered salt and pepper squid the crunches upon first bite, then transforms into a soft centre with a punchy sweet chilli jam to accompany it. Whatever you choose for your mains you are in for a treat; with lamb that falls off the bone and rump steak that slices like butter. Every dish is perfectly paired with a selection of sides, from delicious greens that add a splash of colour to chunky chips with a golden exterior and fluffy inside.

Despite your belly telling you you’re done, you’ll have to try a dessert. A treacle tart that is surprisingly light made extra special by the cinnamon ice cream and treacle crumb that accompanies it. A raspberry glazed double chocolate dessert with a soft chocolate sponge that sits on a river or white chocolate that is so more-ish you’ll have cleaned your plate before you’ve even realised you’re full. No.5 Bridge street is the perfect location to spend the evening, and with their seasonally changing menu, breakfast and lunch menus as well, you could find yourself spending a lot of time here! You can even extend the night and stay in one of their boutique bedrooms.

Find out more about No.5 Bridge Street here.