Good Hotel Guide Review
A vine indeed grows up the Georgian frontage of Ashton Gray’s pub-with-rooms, behind which lies an older building – with a 14th-century tavern in the cellar. Nowadays, the ‘beautifully decorated’ bedrooms have fabrics and wallpapers by named designers, but the Osborne and Little room gives some sense of the property’s history, with Georgian plaster panelling, a mahogany four-poster, a carved Jacobean overmantel. Zoffany, with sleigh bed, overlooks the cathedral green. ‘The inn is wonderfully situated, and the cathedral view from our eyrie suite was a delight,’ a reader reported. All rooms have a mini-fridge, fresh milk, Noble Isle toiletries. Snacks and cream teas are served in the bar by ‘young, enthusiastic staff’. In the restaurant the food is pub and bistro fare – sandwiches, beer-battered fish and chips, steak and chips, miso-glazed salmon with sesame seeds, wasabi horseradish mash, edamame beans, spinach, dashi broth; vegan and veggie options. The ‘excellent’ breakfast includes free-range eggs, fresh-baked bread, Hampshire sausages and preserves. Parking permits are available, but a reader urges: ‘Go by train as we did – Winchester streets are a nightmare.’ (S and JM, KS)
8 Great Minster Street
6. Self-contained 2-bed apartment, with garage, in annexe.
all year except Christmas Day.
bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible, but not toilets.
all ages welcomed, no under-6s in restaurant or in bar at night.
only in bar.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £120–£160, double £140–£200. Set menu (2/3 courses) £25 residents only, à la carte £30.
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