A per­fect af­ter­noon of river walks, shop­ping and fresh fish in Winch­ester

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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!

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