Last weekend, we stopped for a spot of lunch at No. 5 Bridge Street, leading restaurant in Winchester. Winchester has to be of my favourite cities to visit in Hampshire on the weekend. With beautiful old buildings, boutique shops and a bustling city centre, it is perfect for a day out.
Having visited Ideal Collection restaurants before, we were really looking forward to trying out the new lunch menu at No. 5 Bridge Street, and we weren’t disappointed! No. 5 Bridge Street sits in the heart of the city centre, close to the river and main shopping street. With an ambient bar area, comfortable seating and homely touches such as leather wingback chairs sitting by the fireplace and arrangements of artwork on the wall, you’ll feel welcomed and relaxed in no time.
We were lucky to visit No. 5 Bridge Street during their ‘Summer of Gin’ celebrations, where you can celebrate the summer by sampling some of their specialist gin cocktails. Pete tried ‘The Flying Mule’ – Aviation Gin, rosy apples, fresh lime and ginger beer.
You can find out more about the ‘Summer of Gin’ celebrations by checking out the hashtag #SummerofGin on No. 5 Bridge Street’s twitter page or watching the video below.
— No 5 Bridge Street (@no5bridgestreet) 7 July 2016
We were really impressed with the expansive choice of drinks on offer at the bar! I had a delightful sparkling wine; Hattingley Valley, from the diverse wine list; a lovely wine to enjoy on a warm summer’s day.
Spoilt for choice on both food and drinks, we found the menu bursting with flavours with lots of lovely treats to choose from, which are made fresh to order using local produce and seasonal ingredients. I can safely say, my 8oz Bavette steak was one of the best I’ve ever tasted, cooked medium-rare to perfection and smothered in Café De Paris butter, it made for the perfect meal, alongside crispy frites of course.
Pete decided to have the Hampshire steak burger, full of flavour and dressed up with the perfect salad accompaniments, it was a lunch he thoroughly enjoyed.
With a sweet tooth, who could turn down the dessert menu? As a sweet treat to finish off our meal, we both tried the deconstructed white and dark chocolate cheesecake with blood orange and coffee ice cream. The cheesecake was silky smooth and went perfectly with the dark chocolate crumb which was both bitter but sweet against the piercing blood orange flavours. I could honestly eat this dessert time and time again, with the flavour combinations perfectly balanced to make up a great dessert.
Lunch at No. 5 Bridge Street was a lovely experience. With really friendly staff, who even gave us a bit of a history lesson about gin and a mixologist’s tips on cocktail making, a relaxed and homely atmosphere and perfect food, we are sure to return when we’re next in Winchester.
If you’re in the city, pop in to No. 5 Bridge Street for a bite to eat or a cooling drink during their #SummerofGin, I’d highly recommend it.
While our meal at No. 5 Bridge Street was gifted to us by the Ideal Collection group, all opinions remain my own – but honestly, it’s blooming amazing!