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Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Creative modern cooking in 17th-century country-house hotel

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The restaurant at this 17th-century former hunting lodge in 63 bucolic acres outside of Winchester gets its name from an impressive mile-long avenue of lime trees in the grounds. The house itself is a delicious red-brick affair and its main dining room has plenty of period charm (and a view of that avenue of lime trees), with rich burgundy leather chairs and tables dressed up in pristine white linen. Four acres of the estate is given over to a kitchen garden to keep the Avenue Restaurant supplied with seasonal goodies, and chef Olly Rouse and his team turn first-class ingredients into creative modern plates of food while maintaining the integrity of the produce. Crab and herring are matched in a first course with the flavours of green tea and yuzu, while another puts textures of cauliflower with wood pigeon, puffed grains and pickled blackberries. Everything looks stunning on the plate. Next up, fresh-as-a-daisy turbot arrives with chicken wing in a fashionable combination, and glazed pork fillet, smoked bacon and black pudding gets counterpointed by a measured hit of pickled onion. There's a tasting menu with wine flight, and, among desserts, imaginative complementary flavours and textures ensure the occasion ends on a high (macadamia nuts, passionfruit, mango and milk ice cream, for example).

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: 24–25 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Andrew Birch

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 120
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • 2-course dinner from: £48
  • 3-course dinner from: £58
  • Tasting menu from: £78
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 120
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 120

Getting here

2 miles north west off B3049 towards Stockbridge, junction with Woodman Lane.

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