Winchester is one of my favourite places, besides the charming old cobbled streets, stunning architectural Cathedral and hot shopping spot. It makes for the perfect place for an evening of eating, drinking and socialising with friends. With an abundance of cute, traditional British pubs and restaurants to weave in and out of come rain or shine. No5 Bridge Street is located just along the river in the centre of the city, offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
What I loved about No.5 is the locally sourced menu. Everything you see is produced from here in Hampshire, supporting local farms and businesses alike serving a fabulous menu of British influenced dishes. I also loved the bar at the entrance of the restaurant. Instead of moving on to the next pub after dinner, we stayed for a few more cocktails and enjoyed live music. Its a really welcoming, cosy and friendly atmosphere.
No.5’s menu has recently be revamped, the evening menu offers tapas with a British twist… ‘evening grazing’. Its a really colourful and diverse menu, perfect for grazing, sharing different dishes with friends or you could enjoy one of the specials. I was so impressed with the adventurous flavours paired together and variety of dishes. I have never seen a menu quite like it. I would say the menu is for the more mature palette and is definitely more on the pricey side, the dishes do add up. But for a delicious meal, special occasion or a sophisticated evening with some friends No.5 is a delicious treat for the tastebuds.
I love the ‘Tid bit’ option on the menu, not quite a starter but something you could nibble on. The ethos behind No.5′ menu is for the dishes to come out staggered, you order as you please. It is a very sociable style way of eating and a fantastic opportunity to try several different dishes.
On our visit to No.5 Bridge Street, we definitely grazed through a good portion of the menu, including; olives, croquettas, pulled beef sliders, lamb tagine, beef taglits, truffled polenta chips and we even managed to save room to sample the desert menu… for review purposes of course!
The staff were all so helpful with the menu, explaining what the different dishes were and also recommending some of their favourites. Although the dishes are for sharing the staff did recommend ordering either 3 or 4 dishes per person, which is how the meal does become pricy. But the quality of food is very impressive. I don’t think I have ever experienced such a mixture of flavours in one sitting before, even at some of my favourite tapas restaurants or buffets. A truly amazing concoction of flavours and exciting dishes. I really enjoyed the ‘lamb tagine’ and the ‘beef taglits’. The pulled beef sliders were a really fun dish, and a perfect size to graze.
The restaurant is only small, which I really enjoyed as it meant that it wasn’t too busy, the staff were always on hand to help and the service was really quick. The kitchen is in the corner of the restaurant, with a large serving hatch which I also loved as you can see all the food being prepped in front of you, not to mention the glorious smells coming through the restaurant. As I mentioned earlier, there is also a bar which is perfect to end the evening with (or start if thats how you mean to go on!) We sat at the bar and enjoyed a live acoustic musician and even had a little dance. I had such a lovely evening and will definitely be returning next time I’m in winchester.
You can browse all of their menus and book a table on the No.5 Bridge Street website here.
*Complementary meal for review purposes.