The Woodspeen – Restaurant and Cookery School

“Finely-tuned food in a sylvan setting” - AA Inspector



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Just outside Newbury, this restaurant and cookery school is the latest venture for much-lauded chef John Campbell. Housed in a restored farmhouse with picture windows framing the idyllic views, the vibrant dishes are constructed with a light touch and layers of dazzling complexity, as in a starter of scallops, crispy BBQ pork cheeks, peas and balsamic onions. Mains showcase pedigree meats and tip-top seafood, with both combining in a dish of chargrilled beef fillet and Cornish lobster raviolo, lobster beignet and bisque, truffled leeks and spinach. Finish with rhubarb fool, rhubarb jam, ginger cake and yogurt ice cream.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Woodspeen – Restaurant and Cookery School
Lambourn Road, NEWBURY, RG20 8BN
Phone : 01635 265070


  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.45, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.45
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 34
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 28
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About the area

Discover Berkshire

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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