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The Chestnut Horse

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Easton Lane, Winchester SO21 1EG, England
+44 1962 779257
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 18:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
Sat 18:30 - 21:30
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537 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for Sunday lunch after a two year absence. We knew that there was a new landlord but am pleased to report that he was engaging and everything was fine, well managed and in keeping with our last visit. This is a very old pub and as such some of the walkways are tight and some tables are quite close... More 

Thank DDFarnham
Management response:

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to The Chestnut Horse and Thank you for your feedback on the signs. One has been in place out the front of the pub since I took over and other signs have been ordered just waiting on delivery. We look forward to seeing you again soon. The Chestnut Horse Team More 

Newcastle upon Tyne
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the Chestnut Horse for dinner, it was fabulous. It is a quaint country pub, lots of character and very welcoming. The plenty of choice on the main menu and the specials menu, very reasonably priced. We ordered rib eye steak, they were cooked to perfection, with chunky chips and home made onion rings. Dessert was... More 

Thank Jo S
Management response:

Thank you for review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. The Chestnut Horse Team More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three us went for meal at 6.30. Staff very attentive and food was lush and delivered quickly. Lovely oldy worldy look inside.

Thank Joyce C
Management response:

The team at The Chestnut Horse are pleased you enjoyed your meal with us and would like to thank you for your review and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Hampshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read positive Google reviews I thought this pub would be a lovely place to take my Nan, Uncle and Sister for lunch the Friday before Christmas. From the moment we arrived I knew this was a mistake. After having struggled to find the entrance (on the side, no signs, not the door at the front with the name over... More 

1 Thank CHL0E26
Management response:

Very sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience when you visiting last under the old management. Yes the discussion you heard were correct and the Pub changed hands on the 11th of January and re opened on the 13th. I was a frequent visitor to the pub before taking it over so I wanted to make some... More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have eaten here several times and was always good but last month we invited friends for lunch. The beer was fine, the service poor and some of the food awful. Waiting nearly an hour for our order to appear is just not acceptable. My traditional Christmas Turkey main course with 'all the trimmings' was terrible. No bread sauce coloured... More 

Thank PWCW36
Management response:

Very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience back in December. The Pub has since changed hands on the 11th January and you will find that things are better than ever at The Chestnut Horse. The is a New team in the Kitchen serving great food like Stonebass, Rabbit and Pheasant. It is definitely worth coming back for... More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Faultless-yes, but one more member of staff would have caused me to rate 'Perfect' I dont like long waits between courses. They were very busy on New Years Day, but even tho' we booked for 12 noon our lunch lasted well over 2 hours. Ambiance great, food terrific and proper napkins-bliss !!

Thank Saqqajja
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Met some friends for Sunday lunch here as it was equi-distant from where we both happened to be that weekend, so luckily won't have call to return. It was very busy but there was nowhere to wait without standing right next to some poor person who was trying to eat their lunch. Service was very slow, and 25 minutes after... More 

Thank David M
Woking, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Three of us arrived without a booking at 13:40 on a Thursday, while walking along the river Itchen. Only two tables were unoccupied, but we were quickly made welcome, and enjoying a starter of beetroot with goats cheese, walnuts and leaves. Two of us then had classic fish and chips (cod) with mushy peas, and one had skate wing with... More 

1 Thank oldtraveller_12
Botley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I chose this pub for my birthday meal along with my husband and 2 friends as, over the years, I had often heard how good the food was. We opened the door to a very inviting open fire. Unfortunately we had to wait quite a while for our drinks order to be taken. Once our food order was placed we... More 

Thank Barbara R
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Not very busy for Sunday lunch but the service was dreadful and the meals expensive for what you got. Not enough menus, confusion over what was soup of the day, asking us to pay for the bill when we hadn't had the coffee we'd paid for, not being offered a dessert - THESE ARE VERY BASIC THINGS!!

Thank Ian R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$37
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Easton Lane, Winchester SO21 1EG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1962 779257
Set in the heart of the Itchen Valley, The Chestnut Horse is a hidden gem.A traditional 16th Century English pub serving local, fresh produce, hand picked fine wines and award winning beer with friendly, attentive yet not obtrusive service.The Chestnut Horse can cater for all occasions an intimate meal to wedding celebrations!!Well behaved children and dogs are more than with plenty of treats for our two and four legged friends!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?