About Us
Our passion
We are enthusiastic about cars from the 60’s to the 80’s. We want the garage to be driven more by passion and mutual interest rather than a hard-commercial edge.

It is very much a work in progress but the ultimate goal is to create a comfortable, nostalgic and laidback destination in the Winchester area whether you are getting an MOT, having your Merc serviced, seeking advice, looking to buy a classic car or just want to hang around other ‘petrol-heads’.
“Cars have always been my passion, so this is a dream come true – to further develop a long-established garage into a local destination for like-minded people to relax and enjoy cars”
Old-fashioned values
driving new levels of service
The most important thing to us is that our customers feel welcome, enjoy their time at the garage and receive a first-class value-for-money service.
The ethos of the business, as our mission statement says, is to maintain old-fashioned values in a customer and service orientated local business.
The Team
Nial Holden Director
Nial Holden
Niall will often be found working away in the office, it is Niall's passion for cars along with his vision that is the driving force for Winchester Auto Barn, with so many exciting plans for the garage we can't wait to share more with you.
Nick Harper customer service manager
Nick Harper
Customer Service Manager
Nick will be the friendly face that greets you on arrival in reception. Nick has worked in the motor industry for over 30 years, experienced with both new and used cars. A family man, Nick lives locally and enjoys foreign Travel.
Max Holden customer service assistant
Max Holden
Customer Service Assistant
Living locally in Winchester Max joined the Winchester Auto Barn team last year after graduating from Oxford Brooks, here he studied Politics and International Relations. In his spare time, he enjoys football and music festivals. Max will be found in the office making up the team that are there to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
Paul Patience workshop manager
Paul Patience
Workshop Manager
Paul has been with the garage for over twenty years and is an experienced mechanic who specialises particularly in Mercedes Benz and in vehicle diagnostics. He is also our MOT manager. Paul is known to like a cake (or two…!)
Richard Grist technician
Richard Grist
Workshop Technician
Rich has over fourteen years experience here at the garage. He is very versatile and you can be sure he is always working to a high standard. In his spare time Rich likes to DJ at the weekends.
Craig Beauchamp mechanic
Craig Beauchamp
Assistant Mechanic
We would like to welcome Craig to our team here at the Auto Barn. Craig joined us late November and has over 20 years of experience, which adds another skilled mechanic to our team. He is a family man who enjoys his motorbikes in his free time.
Lizzie Haskell mechanic
Lizzie Haskell
Junior Mechanic
Lizzie will be found in the workshop alongside the rest of the mechanical team. She has always had a passion for working with cars and made this dream into a reality after retraining at Sparsholt College for 3 years before joining our team, this month see's Lizzie celebrating her first year with us! Living locally in Winchester Lizzie enjoys spending time with her children and walking her dog.
Helen Barrow Barista
Helen Barrow
Helen is our wonderful baker/barista on our coffee van, Jacques. Since we got our coffee van up and running in January 2021, Helen has been serving toasties, croissants and coffees, and has been that friendly face greeting the wide variety of people that visit us every day. In her spare time, Helen enjoys tennis and baking the delicious goods that you can dig in to at Jacques.
Debbie Joss Barista
Debbie Joss
Alongside Helen on our coffee van, we have Debbie, who joined the team in May 2021. Debbie is also a seasoned baker and barista, and whose welcoming charm is an asset to the service at Jacques. Like Helen, Debbie’s bakes have been somewhat a hit with the customers at Jacques, with her scones being especially good.