Dinner at The Odyssey, Holiday Inn Winchester

Dear Mummy, you recently had a lovely meal with some fellow bloggers at The Holiday Inn Winchester in Hampshire. On a mission to review the recently refurbished front of house hotel transformation and the sparkling new restaurant called The Odyssey. It’s rare that my mummy gets the opportunity to meet up with friends and enjoy good food in a plush setting, so she jumped at the opportunity.

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Family Dinning Area

The Holiday Inn, Winchester looks like a normal out-of-town conferencing hotel but inside it’s far from ordinary. With good transport links near the M3 and Southampton Airport, it would make a great stop over for an early departure from Southampton Cruise Terminal or even staying at local festivals like Boomtown and Common People.

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New Entrance

My mummy didn’t stay over the night but the location is ideal, next to Winchester Science Museum and near Marwell Zoo and would make a great place to stay for families ahead of the Christmas Market in Winchester City Centre.

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Modern Lobby at Holiday Inn, Winchester

She was immediately impressed by the open lobby with a funky interior when she arrived. With a cool e-Bar with free WiFi, little reading nooks and a media space with comfy seating. It’s the perfect setting to check emails and wind down. Her mouth was watering with the smell coming out of the open-planned restaurant from across the lobby.

Amelia Ng, Laura Beresford and my mummy!

The new lobby is designed to encourage a blend of leisure and business, mixing the fact that this hotel hosts conferencing events and is family friendly. There’s a nice little Starbucks To Go Cafe, helping to make the space sociable and enabling people to sit and watch the world go by. People watching is one of my mummy’s favourite past times!

New contemporary lobby

The lobby decor is contemporary and runs straight through to the open-plan restaurant, however there is a dedicated side entrance to the new The Odyssey Restaurant with a bar/lounge area that creates a sense of anticipation and perfect for hosting events.

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Arriving at The Odyssey Restaurant, Winchester

The staff at The Odyssey were friendly and polite guiding my mummy through the menu choices and with a good selection on the menu it was hard for my mummy to decide! She opted for the baked camembert with pear and ginger chutney, and toasted local sourdough to start at £8.

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Baked camembert for starters…

It was wonderful and the perfect starter for my ravenous mummy, who rarely gets time to savour a meal during the week, never mind a 3-course dinner! They had an extensive wine list, however my mummy opted for a classic Amaretto Sours cocktail.

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Yummy drinks at The Odyssey Restaurant, Holiday Inn Winchester

For my mummy’s main course she couldn’t resist the Upton’s of Bassett Beef Burger with smoked local cheese, toasted ciabatta bun, truffle mayonnaise and chips served with tomato and onion salad, £14. It was a nice touch using a local award-winning supplier for the meat!

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Upton’s of Bassett Beef Burger

The spread was colourful and the rest of the party enjoyed their food with a good selection of vegan, vegetarian and Gluten Free options. Even the side dishes were scrummy with lots of attention to detail on the presentation when the food came out.

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Yummy food at The Odyssey

With full bellies my mummy and friends retired to the lobby to let their food go down. With lots of comfy sofas, she could see why people would like to spend time hanging out and watching the big screen TV’s dotted about.

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New Holiday Inn Winchester Lobby

The next phase of refurbishment and redevelopment at The Holiday Inn, Winchester is a new spa due to open mid July. The Ana Spa will offer a full range of spa facilities for hotel guests and non-hotel guests. Now that would be heaven for my mummy!

Love Bella (and Bella’s mummy Dawn) x

Disclosure: My mummy was invited to The Odyssey at the Holiday Inn Winchester in order to review the recently refurbished restaurant. All photos and thoughts are her own.

16 thoughts on “Dinner at The Odyssey, Holiday Inn Winchester

  1. This looks like a lovely place to have a meal – is this the one next to the science centre?

  2. I just discovered your blog and I adore that you write it from Bella’s perspective! Also the food looks delicious – will need to make my way to the Holiday Inn soon.

  3. What a great looking place, the food looks absolutely delicious. I am so glad Mummy had such a lovely time. Kaz & Ickle Pickle

  4. It looks like they have done an amazing job on the refurbishment. You don’t expect Holiday Inns to look like that! The food looks great too.

  5. The place looks quite modern and quirky – I bet it’s a trap for hipsters. The food looks great too, I love Camembert cheese!!

  6. I love the decor, it looks fab! My daughter was randomly born in Winchester and we like to go and visit. I will remember to take a look next time we come.

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