The Dispensary Kitchen in Winchester

The Dispensary Kitchen in Winchester is a stunning cafe in the heart of the city centre.

A solid breakfast brunch and lunch offering, strong coffee and stellar setting makes the cafe a great all rounder, crowd pleaser and popular recommendation.

Get this on your ‘must visit’ list pronto, here’s why…

The Dispensary Kitchen has been on my ‘go to’ list for a very long time thanks to the pandemic. But, I finally managed to squeeze in a visit between lockdowns.

I know, I know I’m obsessed with long, lazy brunches but, I will not apologise. It’s such a luxurious way to spend that precious time off. In a time when I’ve been starved of going out, this brunch date with a pal was EVERYTHING. And, the fact it was a fantastic new discovery for me made it even better!

The Dispensary Kitchen

I visited on a typical autumnal day and was happy for shelter that gave me such a good view of the Cathedral grounds and wet conditions.

Anywhere that has a good atmosphere with scenic historic views like that is an instant hit with me. You’ve got to capture those good feels where you find them!

Happily situated next the Cathedral, this brilliant cafe has beautiful views of the grounds on one side, and a historic cobbled street the other.

It is a convenient place to start a day of shopping, sight seeing, walking or for a date. It’s a very cute spot.

It’s in a beautiful building with a clean, chic, understated style that is just oh-so-Winchester. Not only does it look the part but the menu offers a good curated selection of breakfast and lunch dishes.

Top it off with good service and excellent coffee and you have yourself a winning combination.

This is my smiley face at The Dispensary Kitchen in Winchester, Hampshire


On the menu is a range of classic dishes, vegetarian and vegan options. The menu changes a lot, and there appears to always be lots of vegetarian options, not just a token one or two.

The chorizo eggs Benedict with paprika hollandaise at The Dispensary Kitchen in Winchester, Hampshire

I went with a pal and I picked the chorizo eggs Benedict with paprika hollandaise for a long overdue catch up. Tasty, why have I never thought of paprika hollandaise before – I’ll be adding this in when I make it at home too!

The vegetarian breakfast at The Dispensary Kitchen in Winchester, Hampshire

My pal picked the vegetarian breakfast and it came with halloumi, tomato, spiced baked beans, mushrooms, toast and eggs.

Both dishes were very healthy portions too, which left us with full satisfied stomachs for a day of stomping around Winchester.

There’s a separate lunch menu and a speciality seems to be variations on loaded burgers.

A delicious new discovery

The Dispensary Kitchen has been recommended to me so many times. And, now I see why, it’s right up my street.

It’s not pretentious either, I don’t have time for those kinds of places, and given its location it so easily could be. I’m, of course, very glad it isn’t. It manages to strike a lovely balance, and it feels like it could easily turn into a regular haunt.

Not from the area?

Top tip – know that this place is popular with locals and brunch-tarts like me. Make sure you reserve a seat or go early, otherwise you will miss out.

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