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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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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank TW-LDN
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank JP4625
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank AlbyCam
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127 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 499 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 

2 Thank Mattchandy
Arundel, United Kingdom
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Rodkoi
Boston, Massachusetts
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366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank CarpeNox
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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 

1 Thank chez29_11
Winchester, United Kingdom
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 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.

Thank Ruby067
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$81
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
View, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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
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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