River Cottage Kitchen & Deli, Winchester

Abbey Mill Abbey Mill Gardens The Broadway Winchester Hampshire SO23 9GH

Location, location, location. The easternmost outpost of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's excellent, mainly West Country chain is situated in a typically beautifully converted building, this time a grade-2-listed mill right in the heart of Winchester city centre. They make the most of the excellent location, with regular events based around a foodie theme – 'veg out' nights, cocktail club nights and more – but above all it's a great venue for a restaurant, not only because of the building but also because the food is of the high standard we've come to expect from HFW's cafés and restaurants, which have been rolled out relatively slowly and carefully over recent years – unlike some celebrity chef chains we could mention! Ah yes, the food – well they do lovely sharing platters at lunchtime with a meat or  a veggie theme, as well as small dishes from around £6 and main courses for hungry lunchers for around £12 – saltbeef hash with a fried egg, Devon roast chicken with polenta croutons.  At dinner they add a fish and seafood sharing platter to the roster as well as more meat and fish mains, like gurnard, shoulder of lamb and duck, and like the other HFW restaurants they are also traditional enough to serve a very fine Sunday lunch, with various roast as well as veggie options. The good people of Winchester should be mightily pleased to have such a great place to eat on their doorstep.

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