Where & Wear – The Corner House

So far in my Winchester Where and Wear series we’ve been very social. We’ve had a great night out on the town with the girls and we’ve chilled out with friends for an afternoon at the pub, I think this week is now time to get a bit more cosy and intimate with a romantic meal for two. There are so many choices for great restaurants in Winchester and with such a varied choice of cuisine it’s hard to know what to choose first. So I’ll keep it simple, I’ll keep it English – this is a heritage themed Winchester Fashion Week after all – I’ll keep it mid-priced and of course I’ll keep it delicious. And really, it’s no surprise to know that the first restaurant I’m featuring is my personal favourite.

The Corner House, on the corner of North Walls and Parchment Street has been going since 2009 and has quickly become a favourite for many locals for it’s excellent Hampshire menu’s, quirky décor and friendly atmosphere. The Corner House is more of a continental style café than a dedicated restaurant as it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an excellent wine menu too. Very few places manage to perfectly blend the mix of elegant croissant breakfasts, light salad lunches, afternoon tea’s, early evening charcuteries and exquisite set menu dinners to the high standard The Corner House has achieved, which Wintonian wouldn’t want this is their local?

For me the evening dinner menu is where this restaurant really shows off its talents. With starters such as Goats cheese croquettes with apple chutney or Smoked chicken terrine with mango and chilli salsa you can see this restaurant loves to think seasonally and get creative with twists on classic British dishes. Then with mains such as Roasted rack of pork with wild garlic mash, roasted aubergine, pear compote and cider sauce, or Sea trout fillet with saffron potato, samphire, spinach and a watercress cream sauce, just accompany with one of the many outstanding wines and I couldn’t be more in foodie heaven! The puddings are excellent too but the local cheese selection is really special, I highly recommend.

So, for this elegant, relaxed, quirky and delicious restaurant what should one wear? I’m thinking of this as a romantic meal for two, though it would be an equally excellent venue for a meal with friends, so I think a dress or skirt separates combo is appropriate, though the ambiance of The Corner House doesn’t require anything too formal. And going on the effortlessly stylish, shabby chic, mis-matched décor I’m thinking of channeling one of this springs big trends; patterns. Here’s my idea’s from Winchester High Street:

words by Emily Parrett @NormalityandMe

images from http://www.cornerhousewinchester.co.uk

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