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Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House Hotel

Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, WINCHESTER, SO21 2LT

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Originally a 17th-century hunting lodge, Lainston House is a charming and cosseting country-house hotel embraced in 63 acres of parkland just a few miles from Winchester. The setting is a rural idyll, with four of those acres earning their keep as a kitchen garden supplying seasonal fruit, veg and herbs, and there's a dining area smack in the centre, with a wood-fired oven for summer barbecues. Taking its name from the mile-long stretch of lime trees glimpsed through its windows, the Avenue Restaurant offers a traditional setting of burnished wood panels and burgundy leather seats in which to dine. Head chef Olly Rouse's contemporary cooking shows first-rate technical know-how and a firm grasp of how tastes and textures work together; visual impact plays its part too, but the ingredients remain the star of the show. Well-structured starters might match octopus with a Mediterranean roll call of chorizo, pine nut, basil and green olive, while an equally well-thought-through, if more left-field idea, is quail supported by cauliflower, an anchovy beignet and celeriac chutney. Main courses bring more thought-provoking juxtapositions of flavour, but everything is here for a reason, whether it's a supporting cast of sweetcorn, shiitake mushrooms, dandelion and pear providing explosions of distinct flavours to accompany perfectly-timed pink duck, or halibut in a productive coalition with bulgur wheat, baby gem, cashew and pomelo. British cheeses are an alternative to innovative desserts such as dark chocolate pavé with coffee beans and a yogurt and vanilla set foam, or pears poached in orange blossom. A bountiful cellar comes up with a globetrotting array of bottles to suit most tastes and budgets.

Further information

Tel: 01962 776088
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Dates closed: 25-26 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Sat
Days closed for dinner: 24 Dec

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Olly Rouse
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Sunday lunch: £32.00-£39.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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2m NW off B3049 towards Stockbridge, junct with Woodman Ln
Nearest station: Winchester

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