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We woke up to a light drizzle, just as the weather forecast had predicted, so my decision to look round the New Forest yesterday and go to Winchester today was vindicated.

We didn't have any breakfast, so by the time we arrived in Winchester at lunchtime we were starving. By now it was pouring with rain, too, so the combination of both made us dive into the first restaurant we both fancied; Loch Fyne. The food there was wonderful and I would most definitely recommend it to anyone. Their lunchtime deal is extremely good value. Smoked haddock chowder with granary bread, a massive smoked salmon fishcake with roasted vegetables and a side of chips, all for only £10.45? Yes please!


The rain was still hammering down when we left the restaurant. It was mid-afternoon by now and Winchester has many different places of interest, so we decided to go straight to the main one first and then have a look round the shops after. The place we went to was the Great Hall, the only part of Winchester Castle that now remains.


The Great Hall was built from flint in the first half of the 13th century, though the roof was replaced in 1873. The thing I was most interested in was the imitation Arthurian Round Table, built in the 13th century and repainted in the time of Henry VIII. Only the tabletop remains, not the legs, so it is hung on the wall. The names of 24 of Arthur's knights are painted round the edge.


The rest of the Hall was impressive as well. There were stained glass windows, wooden rafters, a recreation of a medieval garden outside, and the wall opposite to the Round Table is covered from ground to ceiling with a 19th-century mural of the names of all of Hampshire's Members of Parliament from 1283 to 1868.

After leaving the Great Hall we walked up the road to the army museums, but unfortunately they had just closed. Then we passed by an old-fashioned sweet shop, so we went inside and bought various things... We carried on down the high street, passing by side streets named (I assume - but I might be wrong) after the types of people and trades that used to cluster in each; Jewry Street, Parchment Street, Tanner Street. It was still raining. I definitely want to come back to Winchester another time, when the weather is a bit better and we have more time to look round!


Waterstone's was practically the only shop still open by now so we browsed there for a bit until it closed at 6pm and we had to drive back to the campsite. We arrived back tired, so we rested for a bit and had dinner quite late. Tuna and tomato pasta, cooked on our portable gas stove. Not bad... and while it was still cooking, a visitor bounded over and licked one of our plates! We heard it coming and saw by the light of our torch that it was a bulldog. Its owner followed behind, apologised and drew the dog away.

Posted by 3Traveller 02:41 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged winchester united_kingdom camping dave british_cuisine Comments (0)

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