Harden's survey result
“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”.
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.
The Woodspeen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Still exquisite food. Have recently been trying the vegetarian options, which are exceptionally interesting and delicious despite not using meat. "
"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."
"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*"
"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)."
"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||£16.00|
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|