Oh how I love Winchester. Any excuse to head up to the city is welcomed with open arms, so when my girl Kelly moved down south, I was excited to get together and show her some of my favourite Winchester spots.
All good days start with breakfast, and you won't find a better breakfast than Josie's in Winchester. This cosy cafe has had a mention on my blog before, but it truly deserves another moment in the spotlight.
The problem with Josie's is picking just one thing from the menu to eat, I can guarantee you'll want it all. Poor Kelly was getting real potential-FOMO reading through the menu, but settled happily on the sweet potato hash, served up with sunny-side eggs and a coriander salsa. A cup of black coffee to wash it down and it was smiles all round from her side of the table.
I'm usually a pancakes girl at Josie's but this time around I had a savoury craving. I opted for the buttermilk chicken breakfast taco and my word was that a strong choice. Crispy buttermilk chicken sat on a bed of fresh homemade guac, chunky salsa, and cheese, topped with a perfectly fried egg and lashings of spicy aioli - it was exactly what I needed. I skipped coffee (despite being a big fan of the Monmouth coffee they stock), and opted for an Energise juice instead, apple, orange, raspberry and ginger, the perfect morning pick me up.
I'm a sucker for a good florist, and so I forced Kelly to march up the hill to Catkin and Pussywillow with me. Carts laden with fresh blooms mark the entrance to the store, a small unit that's part of Winchester train station. Inside you'll find beautifully constructed posies of flowers, succulents and cacti galore, as well as some thoughtfully picked gifty bits, like organic beauty products and natural soy candles. I love browsing the flowers, drooling over gorgeous pottery, and can't wait to head back for some peonies next month!
The lovely Kelly is in the process of buying her first home, so I was keen to show her some of the homeware gems Winchester has to offer. High on that list was of course, Consortium. A three story haven of beautiful prints, pottery, soft furnishings, you name it, they've got it. I'm pretty sure she squealed with delight a few times, and was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable price points for unique furniture!
I picked up a little something for our living room which you'll be seeing soon, but I'm having serious regrets about not bringing home the boob pot!
It would be rude to visit Winchester and not pop in to The Hambledon, it's perhaps the best independent store this side of London. I often feel like I'd be very good friends with the staff here, I always love everything from the stock to styling, and could spend hours in the store. Check them out for luxury knitwear, your favourite independent magazine, a new coffee table book, glassware and beautiful stationery.
We rounded off our 'highlights of Winchester' tour with coffee and cake in The Dispensary Kitchen, a cute little marble table filled eatery tucked away in The Square. I had a mocha and the cherry and rhubarb cake that was SO good even Kelly the non-cake eater loved it! It's a great spot to while away the afternoon, grab a seat by the window and look out over the grounds of the cathedral!
And finally, I thought I'd show you my outfit for the day. I've been obsessed with these Stradivarius Linen Trousers since I picked them up from ASOS and I've had SO many compliments on them too. They're lightweight and breathable, so perfect for the warmer days, and they're super comfy, despite being structured enough to look smart. I've worn them casual with a Primark slogan tee and heeled sandals here, but it also looks great with shirts, smarter tees, heels and Converse. A super versatile addition to my wardrobe that I'm really pleased with.
If you haven't been to Winchester you should definitely add it to your travel bucket list, it's a short train ride from London and such a wonderful place to spend a day!
Have you been to Winchester?