RestaurantsBerkshireNewburyRG20

survey result

Summary

£63
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Consistently good in everything it does” – this restored seventeenth-century farm and former pub in West Berkshire is nowadays one of the most commented-on restaurants in our annual diners’ survey (there’s also a cookery school) and it’s cited by fans for its “London quality levels outside London” (the deep-pocketed owner is top catering CEO, Alastair Storey). Despite the departure of founding chef John Campbell in 2020, new executive chef Peter Eaton (who has also been on the team since it opened) has maintained level ratings for cuisine that’s “classy without being OTT”. The stylish and airy space (with a distinctive, ribbed-wood roof) opens onto a large terrace that enjoys sweeping views over the local countryside.

Summary

£63
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Set in rural Berkshire with stunning views”, John Campbell’s accoladed venue “sounds like it should be a pub, but is in reality a skilled and soignée restaurant”: “thoughtfully designed”, with an “airy”, “modern” interior that “opens onto a large terrace”. “The cooking is very good” from an “interesting and changing menu” of “original yet reassuring dishes”, “beautifully presented, and skilfully and charmingly served”. Top Tip – “good for a sophisticated supper before the theatre at the nearby Watermill”.

Summary

£63
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Set in rural Berkshire with stunning views”, John Campbell’s accoladed venue “sounds like it should be a pub, but is in reality a skilled and soignée restaurant”: “thoughtfully designed”, with an “airy”, “modern” interior that “opens onto a large terrace”. “The cooking is very good” from an “interesting and changing menu” of “original yet reassuring dishes”, “beautifully presented, and skilfully and charmingly served”. Top Tip – “good for a sophisticated supper before the theatre at the nearby Watermill”.

Summary

£63
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

John Campbell’s “open and airy” modernised ex-pub not far from Newbury “has great interior design”, sits in a “delightful countryside location” and is establishing itself as a major destination, especially considering that “it’s in the middle of nowhere”. It offers “an excellent all-round experience” with “clever, but not too clever food that’s skilfully cooked and good value”; “outstanding cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)”; and “superb wine” (with “unusual options from countries such as Turkey”).

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Restaurant details

Entertainments,Highchair,Menu,Portions
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No dress code

The Woodspeen Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Woodspeen Restaurant in RG20, Newbury by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Woodspeen restaurant.
Philip C
Great and interesting menu - excellent food...
Reviewed 2 months, 14 days ago

"Great and interesting menu - excellent food."

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neil p
A lovely lunch at The Woodspeen Delicious ...
Reviewed 3 months, 15 days ago

"A lovely lunch at The Woodspeen Delicious food, attentive service and good ambiance. The Menu du Jour also very reasonable for the quality of the food (£35) for 3 courses."

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Hugo H
The food is always appealing and tasty. A ...
Reviewed 4 months, 19 days ago

"The food is always appealing and tasty. A confident chef producing delicious food. The service is always attentive and interested in you. Splendid."

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Maurice S
Another excellent lunch, unusual but succes...
Reviewed 6 months, 27 days ago

"Another excellent lunch, unusual but successful flavour combinations, fresh seasonal produce"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £26.00 £30.00

Traditional European menu

Main Veggies Pudding
£29.00 £19.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Lambourn Rd, Newbury, RG20 8BN
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:45 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:45 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4:15pm

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