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The Woodspeen – Restaurant and Cookery School

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About this rating

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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Unfussy, modern food and a laid-back vibe

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Once a country boozer that had fallen on hard times, The Woodspeen is now a destination restaurant with a swanky cookery school just across the road. The building has been reworked from top to toe and expanded with an impressive glass-fronted, double volume extension that has a touch of contemporary Scandi-chic about it. But it takes more than a fancy makeover to establish a foothold on the ever-competitive gastro scene, and the pull here is chef-patron John Campbell’s highly skilled modern British cooking supported by his naturally engaging staff. Impressive technique and clever food combinations are there from the off – roasted scallops with pork cheek, their assertive flavours highlighted with mulled wine pears and thyme and shallot purée. Next comes venison, a juicy pavé and faggot matched with bacon choucroute, mustard potato, Swiss chard and blackberry jus, or perhaps roasted cod with salsify, braised onion and potted shrimps. Desserts are a high point, judging by a finale that riffs on the banana and custard theme, deftly accessorised with salted caramel sauce and crystallised peanuts – think posh Snickers bar, and you’re there.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.45
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.45

Chef

  • Chef(s): John Campbell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 51
  • Wines over £30: 211
  • Wines by the glass: 34

Price guide

  • Starter from: £11
  • Main course from18
  • Dessert from: £9
  • 2-course lunch from: £24
  • 3-course lunch from: £29
  • 2-course dinner from: £24
  • 3-course dinner from: £29
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

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Newbury
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