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“Good start at the top of the city”
Review of The Old Gaolhouse

The Old Gaolhouse
Ranked #149 of 215 Restaurants in Winchester
Price range: US$1 - US$17
Cuisines: British, Pub, Grill
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast
Description: A popular split-level pub in the city centre, convenient for most Winchester buses. The core beers are supplemented by guest ales chosen by the manager, along with a wide selection of spirits, lagers and guest bottle beers. Food is served 8am until 11pm every day, with a varied menu and a large number of offers spread thoughout the week. Tuesday is the popular Steak club. The pub itself was originally a governor's house, which was the central building in the old debtor's prison. It later become one of the UK's earliest libraries, then a ironmonger's and finally a high class furniture store
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good starting point for a visit to the City. Hearty, cheap good breakfast to see you on your way.
Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum at Searle House a stones throw away.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To start with, Ordered 4 meals, 1 of which was the wrong meal, 2 of which was missing CHIPS from them. 4 drinks and meals came out to 40 pound, very cheap! The food, was not the most amazing, but it was worth the price. Food came out very quick, and waitresses were also quick.

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1  Thank TerryS2525
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I approached this place withe caution, as I'd read mixed reviews about it. Wetherspoons does what I call 'template cooking' (i.e. a meal in one pub should be pretty much the same as any other), Apart from three glasses of my drink being dirty (which i pointed out to the staff) before getting a clean one, the food was served quickly, was hot and tasty and good value for money as it included a drink, One or two of the staff seemed a little vague, but overall a good experience for me.

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Thank Lawrence P
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Now for a quick bite to eat, it’s very handy
And hard to beat
I can over look the door smokers the unusual blend of clientele, some of the staff even look keen and concerned,
But dirty restaurant it’s not on , tables need to be degreased the blanquette seating needs to be hoovered and cleaned ,the foot fall is big so it deserves a bit of tender care , even the menu had food on it
Come on it’s not rocket science!
But the toilets were not to bad

Thank david2811
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Considering that the Old Gaolhouse was so busy yesterday, I'm really surprised it has received so many negative reviews. My wife and I often go there for lunch and really like it. The panini and chips are delicious and you can have free refills of excellent Lavazza coffee. The staff are always cheerful and friendly - a girl called Ellie who served us yesterday was very pleasant in spite of being the only member of staff serving food.

The Old Gaolhouse is rather quirky with some weird and wonderful metal sculptures. Wetherspoons have really made the most of the building's links with criminal proceedings. Like all their establishments there are local pictures and facts on the walls.

Probably the best value pub in Winchester!

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1  Thank Philmex1
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Manager468, Manager at The Old Gaolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you for your lovely review!

We are glad that you are enjoying our refillable coffee's!

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