DINING AT RICK STEIN
A perfect afternoon of river walks, shopping and fresh fish in Winchester
Jessica Way heads to Winchester, steeped in history and beautiful architecture, to visit Rick's city restaurant, with a nod towards his coastal heritage, serving the freshest fish, simply and perfectly cooked.
HOPEFULLY YOU ENJOYED our article on visiting Hampshire (page 86), listing the historic city of Winchester as one of the highlights of visiting this beautiful county. We intended to inspire our readers from overseas to sample a more rural Britain while visiting, and for those Brits taking staycations this year, to choose our southern countryside as the perfect summer escape. The Rick Stein restaurant brand is a well-established West of England favourite, serving delicious fresh seafood. Rick Stein himself is an English chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. He has written over 20 cookery books, as well as an autobiography, and featured on countless cookery programmes. He has cooked for HM The Queen and Prince Philip and such luminaries as Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and French President, Jacques Chirac, and was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to West Country Tourism. Rick Stein, Winchester opened in 2015 as their first restaurant to open outside Cornwall. Bringing their well-established coastal heritage further east, they have continued to present exactly what they are good at, delicious fresh seafood - beautifully cooked. Winchester is just a short train ride from London and its ancient high street, sloping down from medieval Westgate to the imposing statue of King Alfred, is home to a wealth of fascinating shops – both independents and national chains - many with delightful Regency and Elizabethan bow-fronted windows. It doesn’t get much better than this. A short walk past the beautiful Winchester Cathedral, and along the River Itchen, which runs through the heart of Winchester, followed by a delicious lunch sampling some of the country’s finest seafood dishes - complete contentment, my only wish being that there was longer left on the parking ticket! To start, I choose Amritsari fish, followed by pan fried hake with roasted red peppers, chilli, oregano and garlic - and a delightful chocolate pavé with peanut crumb, salted caramel ice cream and chocolate sauce to finish off . I was not disappointed and didn’t regret my choices. If you are heading to Winchester this year, perhaps inspired by our Hampshire special, visiting the Rick Stein restaurant should be a must!