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King Alfred, Winchester

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I liked this one. I shouldn't have done as it is a GK house with a very plastic formulaic interior. But it had a bit of charm and the guest beer was TT Golden Best.. Lovely
jimshoppenus - 7 Jun 2013 21:24
Beer is very mediocre but still drinkable, excellent garden at the back and if you need a room for the night, they are excellent, nothing short of excellent. Breakfast is OK but not blinding. Sports on TV, OK for a Summers day.
Bernie5 - 27 Feb 2012 15:00
Very well kept pint of "Landlord" in here as well as Greene King ales.

Big and busy beer garden, pub very busy due to good weather.

Well worth a visit
beershot - 11 Apr 2011 13:14
Went in here for lack of anywhere else in Britain to get some food....yes, its a GK clone, but in the bar at the front you might be forgiven for forgetting this....for a moment anyway.... The beer is usual GK stuff but there were a couple of guests on and they were perfectly well kept. Even though of course it is Brakes Brothers lorry microwaved stuff, we were surprised to find a rabbit pie and nearly died in shock when we received table service and a friendly, un-Britishlike service. As long as you know you are getting a corporate experience, if you want an ok pint then its as good as anywhere else, apart from the ale oases....
alezilla - 12 Mar 2011 16:10
Pretty place, average food, broken kids play area/climbing frame outside, moody landlord, not very kid friendly big and often empty - beer? cant remember
parmantom - 24 Feb 2011 16:23
I'd forgoten this one. Located in the very popular leafy residential area of Hyde, it offers, Tourist Board awarded 4-star en suite guest accommodation in a great location – ten minutes walk alongside the river (and the ducks!) from the City centre. They've done it up a bit from when I was last in a good few years ago from the classic back street boozer it was into a bit of a standard fake victoriana place with lots of wood and modern etched glass, which is surprising considering it was already 'mint'. A better bet is the Hyde Tavern just above if your looking for a more 'authentic' bozzer.
BARRY2771 - 23 Dec 2010 16:59
Very plesant pub, delicous food and relaxed atmosphere. I have eaten the lamb casserole, one of the most great dishe I ever eat!
sempla - 15 Feb 2010 10:01
Have heard from a reliable source the Stella is now £3.75!!! A central London pint is only £3.40 ... and the last time I was there I asked for my very frothy glass to be topped up... and was refused.

I could understand it if it was the summer... the garden's great, child friendly etc. But in the winter it's as drab as any other place.

You'll find me elsewhere. Anywhere else.

trebles_all_round - 12 Feb 2010 11:55
This pub was one of the many Marstons pubs in Winchester due to their purchase of the Winchester Brewery which was just up the road from this pub. Sadly most of that estate has now passed to Greene King. Now selling Greene King’s Abbot and IPA plus a guest from Bath Ales in good condition, usual range of Stella, Guinness etc, There has been a modernization of this pub from excellent back street boozer into a bit of an identikit fake victoriana place. Lots of wood and modern etched glass has been used quite tastefully but not inspiringly. This divides the space up into a confused series of areas mainly given over to food service. I suppose the mix is about 60% food 40% drink. There is also a fair sized garden. The staff were young, pretty females but reasonably attentive, of course the place wasn’t too busy. Customers were a few family diners and well heeled thirty something foodies. Strangely the foodies were seriously discussing haute cuisine while drinking mass market lager and GK IPA, however I doubt they would have understood the irony of that.

anonymous - 4 May 2009 11:17
A bit off-the-beaten-track and all the better for it. A bit small inside, and short of seating. Mainly Greene King beers, but worth a visit. Reasonably priced b&b available - this would be a good place to stay.
Trev - 3 Apr 2009 22:42
Great interior and good garden and plenty of space. Garden definitely worth visiting. Food quality can very.
Does the landlord have to be so casual in his greetings and at times it can be offputting. The other staff seem really friendly though.
barforall - 7 Dec 2008 16:42
The King Alfred is an excellent pub, well run with spotless premises (and loos!) The food is very good value for the money. They have an extensive menu and food service seems to be available more than in most other pubs. The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is great. We would recommend it highly.
lennyrue - 18 May 2008 20:33
This pub largely retains popularity with locals thanks to its extensive beer garden and child-friendly play area out the back.

Pub itself is not particularly special. Food can be above average but quality does seem to vary.
bazza9 - 7 Nov 2007 16:46
I often use this pub at lunchtime. Good cheap food and a decent atmosphere. Have to agree with the comments about the landlord though- rude, sarcastic and stroppy at times. The rest of the staff are pleasant enough and seem to put up with it for some reason.
IJS - 25 Jul 2007 10:20
My wife and I have been using this pub for many years. The Landlord and staff are always friendly and attentive. The pub has a great atmosphere with lots of local memorabilia. We eat there on a regular basis and the food is extremely good value for money
Frampers - 18 Jul 2007 19:34
A once perfectly acceptable pub ruined by morons. Greene King why desecrate pubs in so crass a manner? The takings rise in the short term and, invariably, decline sharply in the medium term. Invest in quality not in gimmickry.
CJG - 19 May 2007 18:55
Would be a nice pub - unfortunately within you can find quite possibly the most inattentive, rude landlord i believe i have came across. Would like to put this down to a one off bad experience - after all we all have our bad days!! However, my opinion seemed to be one shared by most of the clientele (even the regulars).
One question. Why go back?
chetwynd - 19 May 2007 18:35
As Borat said, I like. Cept for the children bit. keep them at home, its a pub. If you've decided on having kids you have to make something called sacrifices and this involves staying in alot i'm afraid-tough.
bald22 - 25 Dec 2006 21:21
One of my favourites. A traditional pub with no pretenses. Great beer, and great food.
The only downside is it can be too popular with families who let their children run amok.
davel_cats - 24 Nov 2006 16:58
Used to be good, now it's trying too hard. Food ok but sometimes a suspicion of reheats and microwaves as preferred method of cooking. Something not quite right anymore. Thinks it is the Wykeham of the north, if it is avoid it like the plague ugh!
bornandbred - 8 Apr 2006 14:43
One of the few decent pubs in Winchester. Follows a general rule of thumb for the town: find pubs on the outskirts, not in the city centre. Well worth a visit.
anonymous - 9 Aug 2005 14:23
Agree with all the below, spacious and comfortable pub, great in the summer, pool table and darts in the winter, good place for a lazy sunday.
anonymous - 15 Dec 2004 20:05
A well kept traditional pub hidden away in the Hyde area of Winchester, - walking distance from the centre. Excellent food - good value for money daily set menu, with wide choice on blackboard a la carte menu. Fantastic garden in the summer - definately book as it gets really busy. Well worth a visit - well kept beers, friendly staff and good food.
thomas graham - 7 Jan 2004 12:36

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