Cobbles Café launches at Winchester’s historic Great Hall

To support the summer tourism season, Hampshire County Council has launched a new café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments, which is located outside The Great Hall in Winchester. Cobbles Café operates from a vintage van with outdoor seating to provide a perfect pitstop for residents and visitors

Aug 5 2022

Councillor Steve Forster, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Estates and Property, said: “The Great Hall in Winchester is one of Hampshire’s most significant historic buildings, attracting many thousands of local visitors and tourists each year. Cobbles Café is perfectly located to provide a convenient place to take a break, whilst enjoying this magnificent destination. The café is already proving popular with the city’s workers and shoppers, and is also well placed to offer refreshments to guests attending wedding and civil ceremonies at the nearby Register Office. We hope this new outdoor venture will help to support Winchester’s bounce back this summer following the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Cobbles Café is open seven days a week between 10am-4pm offering a range of hot and cold drinks, alongside ice-creams, sweet and savoury snacks.

The Great Hall, managed by Hampshire County Council, is a top tourist destination in Winchester steeped in royal history. It is one of the finest surviving medieval aisled halls of the 13th century, which was once part of the magnificent Winchester Castle. The castle was founded in 1067 by William the Conqueror shortly after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The attraction is family-friendly, offering children the chance to learn more about the building’s incredible history by dressing up in costumes of characters from the Castle’s past or by taking part in a trail of villains, heroes and ghosts. Free entry for children under 5. Find out more and plan your visit.

The area outside the Great Hall and at the beginning of Castle Avenue, is currently home to 3 giant hares, part of Hares of Hampshire, an art event and walking trail organised by The Murray Parish Trust and Wild In Art. Visitors can also spot six smaller leverets, which have been designed by schools, colleges and community youth groups from across the county – these are located inside several County Council buildings. The hares and leverets are in place until Thursday 25 August.