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Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel

Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, WINCHESTER, SO21 2LT

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Red-brick Lainston House, a charming and cosseting country-house hotel, dates from the 17th century when it was a hunting lodge, and stands in 63 acres of parkland; the ruins of a 12th-century chapel are a short stroll away. It's a stunningly beautiful building in a lovely rural setting, though only a few miles from historic Winchester. A dining area has been added to the kitchen garden, with a wood-fired oven for summer barbecues, and alfresco eating on the terrace is on the cards in warm weather. When the weather isn't being kind, the Avenue Restaurant offers an equally pleasant environment in which to dine. It takes its name from the mile-long stretch of limes glimpsed through its windows. Local produce figures large on the menus, including many fruits and vegetables grown in the hotel's kitchen garden and meat from the resident pigs. Head chef Olly Rouse delivers creative dishes of refinement and focus, where texture and visual impact play their part, but the ingredients remain the star of the show. A first course of beetroot has the vegetable in various forms, with a fondant as the centrepiece, alongside fennel, sprouting broccoli and segments of clementine to invigorate the senses. Another starter matches venison carpaccio with lemon curd, a crisp quail's egg and truffled mayonnaise. Main course duck comes perfectly pink and tender, with rhubarb compôte, roasted potatoes and a single shallot topped with toasted hazelnuts, and accurately timed halibut fillet comes in a fashionable pairing with oxtail, served with parsnips, pickled walnut and pearl barley. British cheeses are an alternative innovative desserts such as dark chocolate pave with coffee beans and a yoghurt and vanlla set foam, or pears poached in orange blossom. The excellent breads are all baked in-house, and the extensive wine list is well worth a moment of your time.

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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Olly Rouse
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 
 
Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel, Winchester
  • Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel, Winchester
  • Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel, Winchester

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B3049 Stockbridge road, junct with Woodman Ln
Nearest station: Winchester

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