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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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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Avenue has a great location at Lainston House. The ala carte dinner menu is simple and straightforward and the range a little limited but the quality of food and wine superb. The dining room is a little stark with bare wood tables-tablecloths and gentle lighting would help complement the food and service.

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2 Thank MikeChichester1
Ghent, Belgium
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89 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The elegantly-styled restaurant overlooks the pristine gardens. The menu breathes new life into English classics using an eclectic range of local ingredients and if you've got a sweet tooth the desserts will be the answer to your prayers. After dinner, check out the Cedar Bar for a fab array of whiskeys. The service is unfailingly attentive as well. All in... More 

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Thank Ghentleman
London
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Couldn't fault the food or the service. If I had to make one criticism, perhaps a little music in the background. We shared a dining room with 3-4 other couples and it was very easy to be overheard/overhear conversations due to the silence in the room. A small criticism of an otherwise highly enjoyable dining experience.

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Thank TW-LDN
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017

My wife and I dined at The Avenue last month. From beginning to end, we were thoroughly impressed. Taking a drink in the Cedar Bar before dinner was warm and grande with comfortable arm chairs to sit back and relax into - this is where the outstanding service begun. The bar tender took our order, and so eager to please,... More 

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Thank JP4625
London
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We stopped of en-route to Portsmouth for an excellent sunday lunch. Beautiful wood panelled dining room. Fabulous menu and wine list. Our 5 year old daughter was made most welcome. The Staff are attentive without being pretentious.

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Thank AlbyCam
cheshire
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127 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 505 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We stayed at Lainston House hotel for four nights at the end of January and ate in the Avenue Restaurant on two nights, one night was actually in one of the private dining rooms so we had the advantage of experiencing private dining and A La Carte in the main restaurant. Both meals were really wonderful, as was the service.... More 

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3 Thank slj60
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We went as a special Birthday treat and what an amazing experience. We were a little fortunate in that we appeared to be only ones dining that evening so we had the whole dining room to ourselves. Service was attentive but not intrusive which was exactly what we wanted; Lee took our order and served us throughout with an excellent... More 

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2 Thank Mattchandy
Arundel, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Had a really nice evening meal just before Christmas. All three courses were very good and came with an amuse-bouche and a pre desert. Service was good and the food and wine all came in good time and neither too quick or too slow. Only slight downside was the plates for the starter and mains which were really bowls and... More 

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Thank Rodkoi
Boston, Massachusetts
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605 reviews
375 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Our dinner at the Avenue Restaurant in the Lainston House Hotel was skillfully prepared and artfully presented. If they don't have a Michelin star, they should have one.

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1 Thank CarpeNox
Hampshire
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

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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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$ 26 - US$ 83
Cuisine
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic
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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