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Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel

AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
AA rating
Rosette award to be confirmed

Ingredient-led cooking plus a view of lime trees

AA Inspector

At a glance

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

The imposing red-brick manor house is of 17th-century vintage, with an avenue of mature lime trees leading to it. It's that arboreal feature that is referenced in the name of the dignified dining room, where varnished oak panels set with contemporary wall lights, a marble fireplace and simple modern table settings establish the mood. Open-air dining on the terrace will coax the sun-lovers out. A drink in the book-lined Cedar Bar sets the right tone for Andrew Birch's ingredient-focused cooking, served in straightforward, up-to-date dishes that fit the country-house ethos like a glove. An appetiser of densely rich crab mousse with crispy seaweed prepares the palate for a starter such as Orkney scallops with chicken wings, celeriac purée and watercress, strongly scented with truffle. Main could be a tasting plate of Mangalitsa pork cuts, the succulent belly topped with apple and pickled cabbage, with a muted aromatic note from juniper, or sea bass and Ibérico ham with pickled onion, sauced in red wine. A finale such as lemon parfait with meringue in warm griotte cherry sauce is a bold closing statement.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: 24 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • 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: £52
  • 3-course dinner from: £62
  • Tasting menu from: £78
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


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

Additional information

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

Getting here

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

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