Found in the West Berkshire countryside, The Woodspeen is a Michelin-starred restaurant and cookery school, housed inside a 19th century farmhouse that has been restored to create a chic, warm and inviting space.
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 scallops with crispy barbecue pork cheeks, peas and balsamic onions or artichoke and black truffle risotto, before moving on to main courses including roasted monkfish with homemade black pudding and carrot chutney or rib eye steak with onion fritter, tomato chutney, triple cooked chips and bearnaise sauce. To round off your meal, tuck into sweet treats such as white chocolate parfait with vanilla shortbread, raspberries, mint and a brandy snap or opt for the cheese board.
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.