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Summary

“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”.

£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.

Summary

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”).

£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.

Summary

“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”.

£72
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£69
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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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.
Paul A
The slick welcome and the light and airy an...
Reviewed 8 days ago

"The slick welcome and the light and airy and well-ordered dining room made an immediate impression, as did the decent choice of wines by the glass. We did find it slightly unusual for a restaurant so highly rated not to have a tasting menu, but as we were there just for lunch we supposed, rightly, that the à la carte portions would be large enough to satisfy us. Indeed, we were impressed not just by the generosity of the roast local roe deer main course but also the perfection of its cooking, the exemplary tenderness of the meat and its wonderful taste being beautifully supported by super spinach, pickled trompette mushroom, aromatic potato purée and fig compôte, basically a traditional dish but given a modern makeover. This had been preceded by lovely scalllops with a basil powder sprinkle, an inventively rich chicken pressé, crunchy chicken skin and a palate-tickling chorizo hollandaise. We were tempted by more than one of the desserts, but in the end spoilt ourselves with the indulgent “Raspberry Rocky Road”, a mouthwatering hot chocolate fondant texturally contrasted with Italian meringue honeycomb, and, to complete the treat, really raspberry sorbet. The whole experience easily convinced us that a return visit would be on the cards very soon."

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ian l
Magic. The service is wonderfully friendly ...
Reviewed 20 days ago

"Magic. The service is wonderfully friendly AND informed on detail about the very interesting menu. The mid week lunch and children's menus are real real bargains. the wine list 5*"

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James M
The food at The Woodspeen is generally exce...
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"The food at The Woodspeen is generally excellent, however the Sunday lunch isn’t anything to write home about. The fish here is generally fantastic and the puddings are always delicious. The service unfortunately is a bit hit or miss, depending on how busy the restaurant is (the busier it is, the worse the service)."

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Maurice S
Still got it: exquisite food, well balanced...
Reviewed 6 months, 29 days ago

"Still got it: exquisite food, well balanced, beautifully presented in modern rural surroundings "

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Robert M
Thoughtfully designed former pub with airy ...
Reviewed 7 months, 6 days ago

"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."

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Paul F
Lovely experience but..... Decided to a ro...
Reviewed 8 months, 26 days ago

"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."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £24.00 £28.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 190.00 Always Available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.00 £22.00 £4.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £16.00
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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