The Avenue at Lainston House
The Avenue at Lainston House
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The beautiful oak-panelled dining room within this charming 17th-century hotel in Winchester has all the trimmings of grandeur – heavy leather chairs, well-dressed tables, and a lovely view of the lime tree-lined avenue after which it is named. As a counterbalance, excellent, friendly service makes the place approachable, giving it an elegant intimacy. The real reason to visit, however, is chef Olly Rouse’s cooking, which is completely market-led and ingredient-inspired. Calling on home-grown produce from the kitchen garden, as well as what’s available from the area, his menu may include a feisty sea bream with mushroom, black pudding and garden herbs, or duck with sweetcorn, shiitake, dandelion and pear. Presentation is pretty as a picture and the wine list designed to help while away a pleasurable afternoon or evening.

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££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European

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Location for The Avenue at Lainston House

Lainston House, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2LT

01962 776 088


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-1.45pm Sun-Thurs 7-9pm Fri-Sat 6.30-10pm

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2 Reviews 

Mr. Patrick B

06 July 2012  
The Avenue is truely a very pretty place to have dinner and the food is remarkably well sourced and prepared. Lainston House itself and its grounds is one of the prettiest places to stay in and around Winchester. The wine list is incredibly well compiled and serivice is very good. Very good indeed.
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Wendy M

02 September 2009  
Stepping back a few centuries often means a formal less relaxed experience. Nevertheless on arrival a good-looking building was a pleasure to behold and gorgeous gardens were enhanced by sun on bank holiday Monday. Even if the chef has had a strong foothold for almost quarter of a century, cooking is an obvious vocation of which he will perhaps never tire. He came up with a mix of accomplished classics, some made interestingly modern without a puff of foam in sight, which pleased our group, except for one under-seasoned starter. He did wonders with beetroot, featuring differently 3 times, and pork was the unanimously gratifying choice for main. Though service was blunder free, the staff on duty that day seemed a trifle inexperienced. Generally enjoyable, so we’d all return, especially for a bit of ‘Old Spot’ and a peek at the grounds.
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