Old Vine

8 Great Minster St., Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9HA, England

Fodor’s Expert Review

Ideally located opposite the cathedral, this 18th-century inn, now a gastro-pub with rooms, has received a smart, modern makeover without losing any of its character. Each of the guest rooms is named for a noted fabric designer, such as Nina Campbell or Zoffany, with textiles that pay tribute to their style, while the furnishings include traditional touches like sleigh beds. Few rooms have actual cathedral views, though the top-floor Design House suite is an outstanding exception. A two-bedroom apartment in an annex uses Designers Guild fabrics, and another self-contained apartment is ideal for families. The gastro-pub below serves superb food and drink, with warming open fires in winter and tables on the terrace in summer. Permits are issued for street parking nearby.

PROS

  • comfortable, stylish rooms
  • delicious food
  • attentive service

CONS

  • rooms over bar may be noisy on weekends
  • soundproofing between rooms could be better
  • some rooms on the dark side

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Casual
Central
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01962-854616

HOTEL DETAILS

5 rooms, 1 apartment
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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