Chesil Rectory voted third most romantic restaurant in Britain
The award-winning Chesil Rectory in Winchester has been voted third most romantic restaurant in Britain by The Times newspaper.
The beautiful historic building, twinkling candlelight, a roaring fire and a top notch locally sourced menu, are all contributing factors according to The Times readers' poll in association with Hardens.
The medieval building is full of character dating back to around 1450. It has survived wars, uprisings and been saved many times from demolition. Formerly a tannery, antiques shop, general store and one time Bishop's residence, The Chesil Rectory has evolved over hundreds of years to become one of Winchester's best loved restaurants.
Purchased in 2008 by local entrepreneur and foodie Mark Dodd, it was given a stylish refurbishment with vintage chandeliers, cosy leather banquettes and beautiful botanical prints. Together with old friends who shared a passion for food, wine and hospitality, Mark and his wife Eleanor set about opening Winchester's best convivial modern British restaurant. The Chesil Rectory goes from strength to strength with a loyal following of customers and friends and has picked up many accolades along the way.
This romantic setting has had an effect on the staff working there. In the past five years two couples of staff have tied the knot. Head chef and stakeholder, Damian Brown has married front of house manager Katie whilst manager and stakeholder Iain Longhorn has married Samantha who runs the Chesil's sister pub, The Three Tuns in Romsey.
Owner Mark Dodd certainly appreciates the beauty of his workplace, 'It's a privilege coming to work in such beautiful building?it must be a romantic atmosphere as all my business partners and managers end up getting married!'
Mark and Eleanor have recently put their passion for local food and all things stylish into the opening of a pop-up shop in The Brooks Shopping Centre in Winchester. Pitfield incorporates a store, gallery and caf?. They will also be opening the Chesil garden in the spring.
If you've not visited The Chesil Rectory yet make sure you pop by and experience the romance, you never know you might come away with a marriage proposal!
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