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The Avenue Restaurant

Sparsholt near Winchester Hampshire | Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2LT, England
+44 1962 776088
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Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good23%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (22 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (15 reviews)
“sandwiches” (17 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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€€€€
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LOCATION
Sparsholt near Winchester Hampshire | Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2LT, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visit this resturant several months back and where blown away with the food, service and staff. A vast improvement from when we visited for a meal a couple of years back. We where told a new head chef and mostly new...More

Thank albert566
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your 5* review of our award winning Avenue Restaurant. The team will be thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed both the food and the service. I shall share your kind comments with all of the team here at Lainston House and...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had not visited before and choose because of its mid point location for both parties and reviews etc looked promising. The weather did its bit being wonderfully warm and sunny. We had drinks outside and choose our courses (they only serve their bar snacks and...More

Thank Philclem
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your lovely review of our award winning Avenue Restaurant. I am pleased to hear that you chose to dine with us and that you had such an excellent time. I shall share your glowing comments with all of the team here at...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’d never visited before and was really looking forward to this visit, but left disappointed. We were in a private dining room which I think meant we missed out on service, waiting long periods to be served or checked on - it took over three...More

Thank Gemma N
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am sorry to hear that the service provided by the Restaurant team was not up to speed and I shall your constructive feedback with our Restaurant Manager. With regards to the food, we receive...More

Reviewed 5 February 2018

In the past month, we have visited twice for weekday three course set-menu lunches and the service and food have been outstanding on both occasions. Delightful canapés with drinks, two very tasty amuse-bouches in addition to the three courses ( each chosen from three options)...More

Thank Ruby067
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Thank you for your 5* review of the Avenue Restaurant and for your constructive feedback. I am pleased to read how much you enjoyed both the service and food. I shall share your kind comments with the rest of the team and look forward to...More

Reviewed 11 January 2018

We went here because of the look of the tasting menu. The food was excellent, and with a few improvements could one day be michelin star'd! The service also was very attentive. The dining room needs a bit more atmosphere, maybe louder music and candles...More

Thank djelc
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share you kind review of our award winning Avenue Restaurant. Please accept my apologies for the lack of candles during your visit. We have since received the delivery of our new candle holders and they are now in...More

Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We visited The Avenue for lunch as a treat after Christmas and before the arrival of our baby. Although there was a wedding on and it was quite quiet in the restaurant the staff were very attentive and looked after us wonderfully. They were really...More

Thank Laura D
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review of our award winning Avenue Restaurant. It's a pleasure to read how well Vincenco and his team looked after you and how much you enjoyed the delicacies provided by the kitchen team. I will...More

Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Had our evening meal in the Avenue while staying for a pre Christmas treat with my wife. Service and food in the restaurant were excellent. We had the 6 course tasting menu and I would like to specially mention the chicken on the scallop dish...More

Thank Rodkoi
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you very much for your kind review of our award winning Avenue Restaurant. Andrew our Head Chef was thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed his teams creations as was Alberto (sommelier) with his special mention. I will share you kind comments with the...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

Traditional British manor house with French influenced restaurant? It works. Small place in sizable hotel. Formal service. Small menu and small portions for dinner, but food is delicious. Breakfast here also very nice.More

Thank CTManny
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your review of our Avenue Restaurant. I am please to read that you enjoyed your experience and will share your kind and constructive feedback with our Head Chef. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon....More

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights for our birthdays. We ate in the restaurant both nights. The first night we had the tasting menu and the second the A La Carte. Both meals were extremely good and not far off Michelin star quality....More

Thank CaleyClarke
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thank you for your kind review of our award winning Avenue Restaurant. I will share your kind comments regarding the food with our Head Chef Andrew Birch and very much look forward to welcoming you back for many more celebratory weekends. Kind regards, James Webb...More

Reviewed 21 September 2017

Do not book in for dinner here if you are in a hurry !! Service is painfully slow but when the food does come it is of good qualityMore

Thank Christopher G
GW_Lainston, Manager at The Avenue Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your review. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the food but would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the slow service which was caused by the implementation of the new menu. Please...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$28 - US$91
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Valet Parking
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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
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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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