Harden's survey result
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”).
“Exceptional cuisine from John Campbell and his team” (“their passion shines through”) wins the highest praise for this modernised ex-pub “tucked-away a few miles from Newbury” and “certainly worth the drive”. “Service is very effective and charming too – everyone smiles! – and the unique design of the building (with its striking high ceiling) and the surroundings make for a very elegant and pleasant experience”.
John Campbell’s “seriously impressive” cooking goes from strength to strength at this “lovely newish restaurant in the countryside near Newbury – an ex-pub modernised to create a New-World-style atmosphere” with open kitchen. “Highly recommended”, and there’s an adjoining cookery school too.
“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!”; in a “glorious renovated barn”, John Campbell’s “really interesting”, “Scandi-ish” yearling (and adjoining cookery school) wins raves for its “superb” food and “very special wine list”; it's clearly “aiming for fine dining accolades” and more than one fan is “sure it won’t be long”.
The Woodspeen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Still got it: exquisite food, well balanced, beautifully presented in modern rural surroundings "
"Thoughtfully designed former pub with airy room open on to a large terrace. The cooking is very good with original yet reassuring dishes. The service is professional and efficient. It's a shame they spoil the relaxed atmosphere with loud piped music - entirely unnecessary, particularly as the there always plenty of people there in my experience."
"Lovely experience but..... Decided to a road trip and achieve my 66th Michelin star as a bonus. Arrived at the restaurant a little early but that was fine. Was taken to my table in the old building with an ultra modern interior. Chose from the a la Carte menu. Started with a chicken and duck liver ballotine interesting presentation and flavours, if a tad dry. Main was a delicious venison And I added some triple cooked delicious chips. Dessert was the best creme brûlée I’ve had in a long while. Staff were very nice and helpful but they clearly decided for the best of my health that my tap water would be better room temperature...not nice When I had finished the main I clearly looked full as it was a long long time before they took my dessert order and delivered it, though it was worth the wait! Not the greatest meal I have eaten but good Michelin food, just a few tweaks needed to make it perfect."
|Wine per bottle||£19.00|
Lambourn Rd, Newbury, RG20 8BN
|Monday||12 pm-2:45 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:45 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:45 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:45 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:45 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:45 pm, 6 pm-9:45 pm|