I’ve lived a mere thirty minutes from Winchester for most of my life, and yet until recently I could count the number of times I’d visited on one hand. I have no idea why, it’s a beautiful town, full of history + an air of magic (and it’s home to the closest White Company store to me, woohoo!), so one of my resolutions after moving home was to visit more.
Connor and I headed up to Winchester just before Christmas to visit the market, and sadly I arrived and realised my camera battery was dead (this happens to me way too often), so there were no good photos to be taken! In hindsight, town was so busy that I wouldn’t have gotten any decent photos anyway! But frustrated that I didn’t get to snap away, I was super eager to head back, so I rounded up my girl Tami, and we had a pre New Year’s girl’s day in Winchester.
My plans for tonnes of photos were thwarted by the heaviest fog I’ve ever experienced, driving home in it was actually a little hair raising, but we had a lovely day nonetheless! We had a lazy brunch, a wander round the shops and an oggle at the architecture, and I thought I’d round up some of the spots we loved, in case you ever find yourself in the area.
I’d mentioned on Instagram that we were headed to Winchester, and I received a message from the lovely Phoebe recommending we check out Josie’s for brunch, and man am I glad I got that message! I parked up, met Tami at the train station, and we strolled down to Josie’s on Jewry Street. For a Friday morning it was pretty busy, but we only had to wait five minutes for a table, five minutes we spent oggling the cake counter! Tami ordered a tea, and I went all out with a white chocolate and cinnamon hot chocolate, which came piled high with whipped cream, marshmallows + white chocolate drops. It was potentially the most delicious think I’ve ever drunk, and perfect for a cold + foggy December morning!
Food-wise, Tami ordered the Banana Bread, which came toasted, sprinkled in cinnamon sugar + served with honey and vanilla cream. I didn’t try it, but judging by the look on Tami’s face it was pretty damn good. I opted for the Avocado Toast, topped with poached eggs and drizzled in sriracha, with a few vine cherry tomatoes on the side. It was perfect, goey eggs, fresh avocado, lightly toasted sourdough, and just enough hot sauce. It was also pretty reasonably priced, my avocado toast was £7.95 + Tami’s banana bread was £5.95, which is always a bonus! I’ve still got serious food regret for not grabbing one of those Mixed Berry Blondies though! I’ll definitely be heading back though, there was so much on the menu I wanted to try!
Whilst the main high street in Winchester is packed with your usual suspects, Waterstones, Pandora, Boots, there’s a lot of one off, unique independant retailers, and they were what stole our hearts on this trip.
The first shop we wandered into was The Consortium, a treasure trove of retro, vintage and antique items, as well as some beautiful gifts. With homewares at the forefront of my mind with our flat purchase going through, I walked around the store mentally bookmarking pieces for my new home! I particularly loved the thick scandi-style throws, giant scatter cushions, and coffee themed prints (I’ll definitely be picking up that Rise and Grind print for above our coffee station in the new flat!). It’s tucked away on Jewry Street, and it feels just like you’ve walked into a converted home!
My favourite find was The Hambledon, tucked away behind the high street near the cathedral, a three floor mecca of wonderful things. It’s jam packed full of beautifully presented clothes, homewares, books, beauty bits and things that would make wonderful gifts. In all honesty, I could just move in there and be quite happy, their gorgeous whitewashed walls and exposed floorboards had me feeling all the happy feels. I loved that they stock favourites like Ban.Do, Ren, + the Lost In City Guides, and if they wanted to open a store in Bournemouth, I’m pretty sure my purchases alone would make it worth their while.
I would of course recommend a perusal of the Cathedral (literature fans will find the burial site of Jane Austen, which is worth a look), and dipping your head into The White Company and Space NK too! I’m hoping to head back soon with a fully charged camera and no fog!
Have you been to Winchester?