Harden's survey result
“An extensive and esoteric wine list is the top reason to visit” Sir Peter Michael’s swish, California-style property: “a real experience, which begins when the automatic doors open, and you enter a haven of calm, efficiency and luxury”. The wine-pairings provide some “brilliant matchings (although some are seriously expensive)” to the cuisine itself, which is perhaps not as memorable as the cellar, but was slightly more highly rated this year – perhaps a good sign for Tom Scade who succeeded Robby Jenks at the stoves here just as our annual survey was getting underway.
It’s the “sumptuous wine list” – an amazing selection, with “a great North American range” – which is the undisputed ‘crown jewel’ feature of Sir Peter Michael’s luxurious hotel. But the liquid refreshment is ably “supported by unfussy modern cuisine” from chef Robby Jenks, available in the evenings through a seven-course tasting menu, with appropriate wine matches, or the à la carte. The interior is “pleasant”, perhaps a little “old-fashioned”. Top Tip: “interesting double (US/European) wine pairings”.
“The cellar is the key point of the exercise”, at Sir Peter Michael’s “lovely” contemporary-style Relais & Châteaux property, built in part to showcase the vintages of his Sonoma county vineyard in California. But that is not to diss the accompanying cuisine from chef Robby Jenks, which was credited for a number of “sublime” meals here this year. Historically a rather pricey destination, the price/quality ratio seems to have moved in the customer’s favour in recent times.
“A cornucopia of New World wines” (“particularly strong on California”) has always been the ‘crown jewel’ feature of Sir Peter Michael’s contemporary-style property (which is not now so far off being 20 years old). Daniel Galmiche moved on at the start of 2016 to be replaced at the stoves by Robby Jenks (from Amberley Castle) – overall ratings however so far seem to have held up after the changeover.
Whether you're here on a romantic weekend, gourmet dining experience, celebrating an anniversary, enjoying a family reunion or just getting together over a light supper and a few glasses of delicious wine, you're guaranteed to enjoy a very special gastronomic experience at one of the best restaurants in Berkshire. Our talented brigade of chefs specialise in using local and seasonal produce to create a simple but perfect dining experience. The perfect opportunity to indulge the palate is the Judgement of Paris seven course tasting menu, derived from the iconic wine tasting that inspired the hotel's journey.
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Overlooking a collection of original artworks and sculptures, private dining at The Vineyard is as discreet as you want it to be. Whether you'd prefer an intimate tete a tete dinner with a top view of the restaurant, or want to create a private banquet for 100 people, we're more than happy to meet your requirements.
To discuss your requirements call our private dining team on 01635 528770
We've been dubbed the "temple of Californian wine" by Jancis Robinson, when launching her "Wine Atlas of North America" at The Vineyard.
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