The Avenue at Lainston House
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.

About The Avenue at Lainston House

Part of the five-star country house Lainston Hotel, The Avenue is a smart and elegant restaurant which is named after the mile-long avenue of lime trees that guests can see from the dining room.

The Avenue is a sophisticated space, but doesn’t feel overly pompous. Wood-panelled walls and heavy drapes speak to tradition, but touches such as the soft patterned carpet and cosy fireplace help to make things a little homey too. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while a classic afternoon tea is also available.

Avenue’s menu is driven by seasonality, which means it changes every few months. Nonetheless, you can always expect a refined selection of carefully sourced seafood and meat dishes. From the selection of starters, you might find Chalkstream trout with beetroot, yuzu, horseradish and cucumber or perhaps celeriac topped with truffle and caramelised white chocolate.

Main courses might include the likes of halibut with crab and cauliflower, lamb shoulder with mint or Cornish cod with chicken skin, cep and artichoke. To round off your meal, choose between a cheese board served with crackers and sourdough, or sweeter options such as salted chocolate mousse with marshmallow, and apple tart with caramel and custard.

For special occasions when you are looking to treat yourself, opt for The Avenue’s six-course tasting menu, which represents a ‘greatest hits’ of the current menu. There is a dedicated vegetarian tasting menu too, so that anyone at your table who doesn’t eat meat won’t feel left out.

On the weekends, head to The Avenue for a sumptuous Sunday lunch. This family-friendly affair sees classic roasts being served, with options to choose from including smoked pork belly and roast sirloin of beef. You can expect all of the usual trimmings such as Yorkshire pudding and beef fat potatoes, while veggie diners can order risotto with shitake mushrooms.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
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Location for The Avenue at Lainston House

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

01962 776 088

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Opening Times

Breakfast
Mon 07:00-10:00
Tue 07:00-10:00
Wed 07:00-10:00
Thu 07:00-10:00
Fri 07:00-10:00
Sat 08:00-10:30
Sun 08:00-10:30
Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-14:30
Afternoon Tea
Mon 12:00-17:00
Tue 12:00-17:00
Wed 12:00-17:00
Thu 12:00-17:00
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 14:00-17:00
Dinner
Mon 19:00-21:00
Tue 19:00-21:00
Wed 19:00-21:00
Thu 19:00-21:00
Fri 18:30-22:30
Sat 18:30-22:30
Sun 19:00-21:00

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3 Reviews 
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Jan F

31 July 2018  
Great value for money, great ambience. Quality food and service.

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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