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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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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

When only a five-star, contemporary country house splurge will do, The Vineyard comes up with the goods: luxurious rooms, chic public areas and a glossy spa, while Robby Jenks’s classy, intelligent cooking makes the place a dining destination in its own right. The foodie business goes on in an elegant split-level dining room, where a sweeping staircase sports a grapevine-style balustrade, tables are dressed in crisp white linen, and artwork jazzes up the walls. Opening the show, pink and tender quail’s breasts are counterpointed with charred baby gem lettuce, tarragon purée and pistachios, or beef sirloin tartare might be helped along by horseradish, buttermilk and Granny Smith apple. Dishes gain lustre from top-class ingredients rather than off-the-wall combinations or techno trickery – main-course tenderloin and belly of suckling pig with cabbage and smoky bacon, caramelised onion purée and apple being a case in point. To finish, espresso granita arrives with blackcurrant cream and coffee sponge. Despite the name, they don't make wine at The Vineyard, but they do serve amazing wines from a world-class cellar that runs to a staggering 30,000 bottles, with around 100 available by the glass – there’s even a pairing option to go with an amuse-bouche of smoked cod’s roe cornet with lemon.

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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: 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

  • Tasting menu from75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 86
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 140

Getting here

From M4 take A34 towards Newbury, exit at third junction for Speen. Right at roundabout then right again at second roundabout

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Newbury
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