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The Avenue Restaurant

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Sparsholt near Winchester Hampshire | Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2LT, England
+44 1962 776088
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Hampshire
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As my mum and I stayed in the hotel we had both dinner and breakfast here. Poached eggs at breakfast were cooked to perfection and the buffet choices were also very good. At dinner my mum had the ordinary tasting menu and I had the vegetarian one. We paid £20 extra for this which wasn't bad considering the quality of... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our latest visit to Lainston for afternoon tea was spot on, in all respects. Staff were very welcoming and attentive, explaining the new items on the menu. The food was well presented and included a delicious selection of treats.

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Thank Ruby067
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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421 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

"The Avenue is an intimate, elegant restaurant for lunch or dinner. Awarded 3 AA rosettes the menu is tempting to all palates and tastes, and our talented brigade of chefs carefully combine the finest local ingredients with produce from our very own kitchen garden." Catching a night away for my wife's birthday the food started off meeting those expectations. The... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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93 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We ate here twice this week, and on both visits it was very good. Venison/ partridge/grouse/guinea fowl. Thoroughly different!

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Thank Sparky076
Dorking, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had the taster menu and the taster wines. What a gastronomic pleasure it was with every dish described in detail by the waiting staff. The Sommelier was so helpful in explaining the wines and where they came from. Looking forward to my next treat.

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Thank mwsurrey001
London, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I visited The Avenue Restaurant with family and friends for dinner with high hopes of a fantastic evening but we were disappointed with the reality of this restaurant. The service and attitude of the staff needs a lot of improvement. We had to wait a long time for menus and when we eventually received them, one has completely different from... More 

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Thank Britney_17
Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We have been going to Lainston House restaurant for many years and have had some excellent lunches in the past. We took some American friends there for Sunday lunch and were very disappointed with the meal. The pea soup was excellent but the other starters were boring. Four of us had the roast meat, 3 beef and a pork and... More 

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Thank Sue S
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We had dinner and chose the 3 course menu. Very good starter and main course. I had Grouse for the starter and it was very well made and tasty. My wife had the crab and it was deilicious - I had to taste it! The main course was ok. I was disappointed with the dessert. The wine was very good.

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Thank Nagappan K
Avebury
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Ate here when we stayed at Lainston House. It feels and looks similar to Gidleigh Park and although the food didn't reach those levels, it was none the less a very good experience. The staff were very professional and attentive, and although it's not cheap by any means, it was good value.

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Thank Ian T
Winchester, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We arrived at our reservation time and went to the garden on a nice evening. We had cocktails but were given no no food menu.. After a while we asked the barman who said it was coming. After 40 minutes still no menu. Another ask then someone came out and the barman had a word and eventually we had a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$83
Cuisine
European, British
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sparsholt near Winchester Hampshire | Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1962 776088
Description
Named after the elegant mile-long parade of lime trees which it overlooks, the Avenue Restaurant exudes old-school charm and elegance. Set in the 17th-century Lainston House Hotel, minutes from historic Winchester, this is quintessentially British cuisine which has earned three prestigious AA rosettes for its culinary efforts. Ingredients are supplied from the hotel's four-acre kitchen gardens, where guests can choose to dine al fresco. Outdoor terrace.

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