It’s easy to ignore the things that are right under your nose.
Take Winchester for example, I have grown up in this historic city my whole life yet it is that very reason that I take this place for granted. One week I made it my mission to find 5 things to make me fall in love with the city that I live in. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Winchester, the history behind the old capital of England is legend, the rich culture and green surroundings make it one of the most expensive cities to live in. Yet I wanted to find something that ‘I’ like about my city, and not be told why I should like it by others. I can blog about some incredible places as much as I want, yet all I aim to do is inspire others to go and find adventure for themselves. Don’t take my word for it. Use me as a guide and discover what ‘you’ like!
My first treasure I didn’t even have to look for, it found me. An old friend was in the area for only a week and asked me to meet her at a small café called Ginger Two. This quaint little tea shop has a vision based on fabulous customer service and excellent food made with local produce. This truly creates a relaxing and friendly atmosphere to enjoy with friends or family. Whilst you sip your Oolong Tea and gobble up your Blueberry and Lemon drizzle cake, you can gaze upon the little trinkets dotted around for sale, like beautiful picture frames and vintage mirrors.
Following on from the Vintage theme, comes treasure number two. Fab Vintage is located in the centre of the city. This affordable vintage clothing store stocks merchandise from the 1950s to 1980s. The item that drew me through the front door was an old red Harrods hat box; once I had entered the shop I didn’t leave for at least an hour. It’s so easy to relax and search through the endless history, especially when you find the upstairs full amazing furniture! Students get a 10% discount with their NUS card.
One of my all time favourite places in Winchester, ironically, is an Italian Deli. Tom’s Deli, located on St Georges Street is a small but popular eatery offering delicious Italian delicacies such as freshly made pasta, paninis and some of the best panettone! However, my all-time favourite is ‘Granma’s Cake’ with a thick custard layer and an incredible almond crust. I must mention Tom and his staff, as it is the extremely friendly and welcoming people that make this place and the overall experience a 10 out of 10!
For one of the best views in the city I take you up to St Giles Hill. In the 11th Century this chalk spur would host the biggest market in the whole of Europe. Trading in the rest of the city would cease for the 16-day market and all profits would go to the king. Now it’s known for some of the most beautiful houses, along with a rather hefty price tag! The viewpoint boasts a panoramic view of the city and is a great spot for some incredible photography. Joe Low, local photographer proves that with his portfolio – check it out! www.joelow.com
I’ll leave you with a little luxury. The Black Rat. It may not sound like luxury, but believe me when I say that when you enter this quirky little restaurant you wont regret it. After only a year of opening it was awarded the most prestigious accolade – a Michelin Star, which is not surprising as the locally sourced ingredients are magically transformed into incredible dishes, well worth the money you pay. Dating back to the 1700s the renovation from the pub has managed to keep its old world charm, along with an informal but attentive service from the professional staff it’s a must for a delicious meal.
As I said before, these are my 5 treasures from Winchester, the city is built on so much history, don’t forget the stunning Cathedral, the Castle and incredible architecture. Having lived here my whole life I’ve just picked a few things that make me love this great city. What are your five treasures of Winchester?