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The Wykeham Arms, Winchester, Hampshire
Pull up an old school desk and enjoy a pint while browsing the mountain of memorabilia at this quirky 18th-century public house - there are even vintage Thomas Crapper loos in the bathrooms. Fourteen bedrooms offer vintage elegance or contemporary chic, while creative two AA rosette dining will make your taste buds sing.
Rooms available from £85.50 per night
This pub is down a quiet narrow back street, a five-minute stroll from Winchester Cathedral and the main shopping centre with its stores and independent shops. You're four miles from junction nine of the M3 motorway and an hour by train from London Waterloo. Winchester Cathedral, Wolversey Castle ruins - former residence of the medieval bishops of Winchester - and Winchester College with its Gothic chapel are all nearby.
By car: around 1 hour 45 minutes from Bristol and London, and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: direct trains to Winchester station from Southampton Central (20 minutes) London Waterloo (1 hour) and Manchester Piccadilly (4 hours). The hotel is a 15-minute walk away. Book trains to Winchester.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
Bric-a-brac comes in all shapes and sizes in the bar, from fancy walking sticks and tankards to old prints, including a copy of King George V's Silver Jubilee broadcast. Bawdy Ronald Searle satirical cartoons about wine, created for the pub, are hilarious. Vintage wallpaper and steamer trunks provide historic touches in bedrooms.
Service is generally friendly and efficient, with the waitress in the restaurant filling us in on the pub's history and the stories behind the memorabilia. However, a few housekeeping hiccups were not speedily resolved. Apart from the bar, there are few facilities though you could while away lots of time browsing the pictures and artefacts.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
BED AND BATH
Choose from vintage-style or contemporary rooms, each with hand-planed hickory wood flooring, luxurious carpet or speciality potters' tiles thanks to a refurb in 2018. Retro furniture comes with modern touches - think steamer trunks doubling as bedside tables - plus you'll enjoy Egyptian cotton linen, Nespresso coffee and gorgeous Bramley toiletries.
Room types: Luxury Room, Superior Room, Suite, Garden Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
Two AA rosette dining, creatively presented, offers an eclectic menu of locally sourced ingredients that ranges from Cornish Orchards cider-brined pork chop to a chocolate fondant just oozing with goo and loveliness. Breakfast offers eggs all ways and a yummy yoghurt with stewed apples and cinnamon. There's also a wide selection of gins available.
The Wykeham Arms: 2 AA-Rosette country pub. British cuisine and pub classics including lamb pie, loin of hake and coq au vin. Open daily from 12pm.