Winchester is not lacking in excellent dining venues, which can make it hard to pick a place for lunch or dinner after a day of touring historic sites. I wish I could say that I’ve been to every restaurant, pub, and casual eatery in the city and can direct you to the absolutely perfect place for a quick bite to eat. Alas, I haven’t had the pleasure of staying in the city long enough to give such advice. However, I can tell you where I have been and recommend them with total confidence!
Nearly right next door to the George Washington Hotel and just down the street from Old Town Winchester (a pedestrian-only street with shops and restaurants), sits Piccadilly’s Public House and Restaurant. The off-white brick exterior may give it a look of an old prison or bank, but don’t let that deceive you. The interior is full of character, warm and inviting. The building was originally a grocer warehouse in 1900 and the remnants of that day and age can still be seen in the exposed brick walls and heavy wooden beams that cross the ceilings. They offer indoor and outdoor seating, both of which are lovely experiences. The exterior patio area is decked in string lights, giving the darkening evenings a romantic and festive ambiance. Live bands are featured every Friday and Saturday evening on the patio and are not to be missed. The staff are friendly, obliging, and recognize their regulars. They also host events such as banquets and wedding receptions, which can be inquired about through their website. They have special weekday rates for business or corporate events as well. For the sports fanatics, televisions are copious for inside dining.
When we visited, they were a little short staffed, but the service and experience was never compromised. My husband and I shared their Bourbon-Teriyaki Salmon with a side of mashed potatoes and potato salad. The salmon had a crispy exterior and the glaze gave the fish a stunning, sweet and tangy flavor. The mashed potatoes were excellent – not too mushy or too chunky – with a satisfying amount of seasoning. The potato salad was different than I had expected; creamier and it lacked the typical ingredients like paprika and mustard. That’s not to say that it wasn’t good. It was, despite the variance in preparation. A traditionalist might not have appreciated it, but we certainly did. We started off the night with bacon cheese fries, which were a little too crispy to my liking, but the thick melted cheese and real crumbled bacon made up for that. We ended the evening with a rich mini-dessert of cheesecake that was worth feeling a little bloated for afterward.
All-in-all, Piccadilly’s did not disappoint and if/when we should ever visit Winchester again, we’ll be staying at the George Washington Hotel and dining there again.
Reservations aren’t necessary, but if you have a large party, it might be courteous to call ahead and make them aware. If you should be dining at Piccadilly’s, there’s a parking garage conveniently located behind the establishment off North Kent Street, where you can reasonably park for an hour or two without breaking the bank. Address is: 131 N Kent St, Winchester, VA 22601.
Piccadilly’s Address: 125 E Piccadilly St, Winchester, VA 22601
Hours: Closed Monday
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 11:30am – 12:00am