The Woodspeen – Restaurant and Cookery School
“Eating and learning to cook in the Berkshire countryside” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
A restored late Georgian farmhouse is the setting for a very 21st-century combination of restaurant and aspirational cooking school, a place where picture windows frame the sylvan views and chefs beaver away at an open pass to create colourful dishes that are constructed with a light touch, but that deliver layers of beguiling complexity. That's in evidence in a starter of luxurious mushroom velouté with floating fritters of smoked eel and harissa-spiked peanuts to boot. Mains emphasise thoroughbred meats, to the extent of allowing an oxtail raviolo to inveigle its way into a dish of grilled monkfish and balsamic red onion, while meat dishes themselves might run to gamey pheasant on spiced Puy lentils with parsnip rösti and cavolo nero. A slice of British classicism arrives at dessert stage by way of silky custard tart with nutmeg ice cream and a purée of salt caramel and apple.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.45, Sunday 12-4
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.45
- Wines under £30: 34
- Wines over £30:
- 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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