The Woodspeen

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Gold Award
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SquareMeal Review of The Woodspeen

Gold Award

Billed as a ‘smart country restaurant without formality’, The Woodspeen features an airy conservatory-style extension with a sparkling open kitchen, vaulted ceilings and picture windows – the perfect setting for Michelin-starred food masterminded by executive chef Peter Eaton. As expected, everything is “just perfect” – from sage and onion burrata, fermented cabbage, fennel crumb and buttermilk dressing or roast scallops with chorizo, broccoli and red pepper to roast cod with salsify, braised onion and potted shrimps or local venison with malt-potato gratin, parsnip, cabbage hearts and chocolate. There are also big porcine platefuls and ribs of beef to share, while puds maintain the creative streak – how about a combo of crème fraîche cheesecake, kumquat, oat crumble and basil. Service is charming, unobtrusive and efficient to a fault – although additional praise is heaped on the restaurant manager, who makes everyone “feel very special”.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Woodspeen

Tucked in amongst the verdant countryside of West Berkshire, The Woodspeen is a Michelin-starred restaurant and cookery school, housed inside a lovingly restored 19th century farmhouse. Despite its credentials, this is a relaxed and welcoming space, which makes the most of its lush surroundings with large windows that frame the idyllic countryside views and an open kitchen which adds a touch of theatre to proceedings. Bare tables and pendant lighting add a rustic, countryside feel, while cosy banquettes on one side of the room and verdant greenery add warmth to the space.

The menu at The Woodspeen is a seasonally changing affair which is inspired by homegrown ingredients. Plenty of restaurants wax lyrical about the importance of provenance, but The Woodspeen really means it, often incorporating ingredients that have been plucked from the restaurant’s own garden. Otherwise, high-quality local suppliers are used wherever possible.

The Woodspeen is open for both lunch and dinner, offering an a la carte that showcases the best of what is currently in season. On your visit, you might begin with starters such as Cornish crab and spring vegetable risotto with lemon emulsion, or chicken and black pudding terrine en croute, before moving on to main courses including garden pea and caramelised onion lasagna with roasted morels or roasted lamb rump with white asparagus, local wild garlic salsa verde and rosemary potato rosti. If you still have a bit of room, round off the meal with a rhubarb and custard tart, or a strawberry and lime alaska with warm dark chocolate sauce.

A dedicated children’s menu is also available, as are plentiful vegetarian and vegan options, while on weekends, you can head here for a traditional Sunday lunch. Be sure to explore the illustrious wine list too, home to over 400 varieties.


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Can you book The Woodspeen?

Yes, booking ahead is strongly recommended.

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Does The Woodspeen offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are vegetarian options and a dedicated vegan menu.

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Is The Woodspeen child-friendly?

Yes, children are welcome and there is a dedicated kids menu available.

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Does The Woodspeen have a Michelin star?

The Woodspeen has one Michelin star.

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Are there gluten-free options on the menu at The Woodspeen?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at The Woodspeen.

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Location for The Woodspeen

Lambourn Road, Woodspeen, Bermont, Berkshire, RG20 8BN

01635 265070

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-16:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-21:00
Tue 17:30-21:00
Wed 17:30-21:00
Thu 17:30-21:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-21:30
Sat 12:00-21:30
Sun Closed

Reviews of The Woodspeen

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3 Reviews 

Patricia M

06 April 2019  
Beautiful food, restaurant and outstanding service. The people make it.

Deborah H

01 April 2019  
Amazing cuisine, fine dining at its absolute best. Service is second to none and what better than to see the Head Chef at work surrounded by his A Team, love this place and in the summer the views are to die for.

Mark M

21 March 2018  
Sure the food is good. But the prices say it should be better than sex and it just comes nowhere near.
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