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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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World-class wines and modern French cuisine in five-star splendour

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Spoiler alert: no wine is made at The Vineyard, but they do have a world-class cellar that runs to a staggering 30,000 bottles by way of compensation. The vinous theme of this opulent, contemporary country house is apparent as soon as you’re through the door, with a glass floor above the wine vault. Style-magazine rooms, chic public areas and a glossy spa are what to expect, while Robby Jenks’s classy, intelligent cooking provides ample justification to explore that stupendous cellar. In an elegant split-level dining room, where a sweeping staircase sports a grapevine-style balustrade and striking artworks , the show opens with lobster ravioli, its richness cut with citrus bisque, grapefruit, pickled ginger and basil. A highly worked, razor-sharp main course brings slow-cooked chicken with liver parfait, a riff on broccoli including lustrous purée and charred stems, and pungent kimchi. At the end, a stimulating beurre noisette parfait is partnered with blueberries, nasturtium leaf, and lemon purée and espuma. Expert sommeliers guide the way through that astonishing cellar, starting with around 100 available by the glass.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Robby Jenks

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 60
  • Wines over £30: 2500
  • Wines by the glass: 100

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £24
  • 3-course lunch from: £29
  • 3-course dinner from: £69
  • Tasting menu from: £79
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 86
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 140
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

From M4 take A34 towards Newbury, exit at 3rd junction for Speen. Right at roundabout then right again at 2nd roundabout.

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