The Woodspeen – Restaurant and Cookery School
“Confident modern cooking with views” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Occupying a tranquil location in the beautiful West Berkshire countryside, The Woodspeen is set in a lovingly restored 19th-century farmhouse. With picture windows framing idyllic countryside views, and an open kitchen for added atmosphere, the contemporary restaurant is light and airy and very much Scandi in style. Start, perhaps, with a precisely cooked pigeon breast with sweetcorn and tarragon polenta, black garlic and artichokes. A first-rate fillet of Cornish cod is paired with spiced Puy lentils, buttered cabbage, creamed potato, pickled apples and parsley. Dark chocolate delice, honeycomb and vanilla ice-cream is an elegant way to end.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 34
- Wines over £30: 386
- Wines by the glass: 28
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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