RestaurantsBerkshireStockcrossRG20
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Stockcross, RG20 8JU

survey result

Summary

£103
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3
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4
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

To say it has “an exceptional wine list” doesn’t quite do justice to the cellar of more than 30,000 bottles at winemarker Sir Peter Michael’s Berkshire passion project – the 49-room five-star property that he opened in 1998 and which celebrates its 25th year of operation this year. All rooms (both bedrooms and public spaces) are named after famous vintages and reference his family’s vineyards in Sonoma County and the Napa Valley. Chef Tom Scade’s cuisine has its work cut out to compete but is consistently well-rated in all reports. New this year: the addition of a summer pavilion dedicated to seafood – Catch.

Summary

£97
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3
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The wine list is immense, but good sommeliers are on hand to guide you through it” at Sir Peter Michael’s modern, luxury country estate, whose “stunning, if challengingly extensive, cellar” features vintages from his family’s Sonoma County and Napa Valley vineyards. So “do not be daunted, as there is plenty of advice from the wine team” and the selection is “deep, complex, and fascinating… if expensive” (“if you are seriously into Californian wines, this is the place”, but “deep pockets are needed!”). Other aspects of the operation have a hard time living up to the main event and harsher reporters feel aspects of the place are “dull” or “nothing memorable by comparison to the wine”. Others, though, are “surprised by the good food” with dishes noted in despatches including “very good crab tortellini and Berkshire trout with caviar” and “beautifully presented Berkshire game pie”.

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£91
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3
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3
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Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The astonishing wine cellar is the prime raison d’être” of Classic FM founder Sir Peter Michael’s luxurious California-style property, which features many wines made on the Michael family holdings in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Tom Scade’s cuisine is consistently highly rated, too, however, and was often appreciated in the form of small plates served in an “exceptionally well-appointed outside area created during lockdown, when eating outside was the only option”. With the return of more normal times, the restaurant has returned to its more conventional format (although many of our reporters “hope they continue the outside dining again next year”). There was only one repeat complaint made against this much commented-on destination this year: it’s not cheap…

Summary

£103
£££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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 last year – perhaps a good sign for Tom Scade who succeeded Robby Jenks at the stoves here just as our annual survey was getting underway.

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Owner's description

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.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
SundayLunch £42.00 £54.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00   5
Menu2 85.00   5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£23.50 £34.50 £6.00 £15.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £42.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
150, 60
No dress code
80

Private dining

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.

His idea of heaven is eating pate de fois gras to the sound of trumpets. - Sydney Smith

The Vineyard at Stockcross Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Vineyard at Stockcross Restaurant in RG20, Stockcross by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Vineyard at Stockcross restaurant.
Trevor J
Second visit to this lovely place, this tim...
Reviewed 3 months, 25 days ago

"Second visit to this lovely place, this time Sunday lunch. As enjoyable as the first, the food beautifully crafted, the surroundings, artwork and wine related material, intriguing. Then the welcoming service... as good as it gets. Expensive? yes, of course. Avoid the sillier priced rare wines and you may come away feeling it was worth every penny for such a joyful experience."

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Stockcross, RG20 8JU
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm

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