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The Avenue at Lainston House, Winchester, Hampshire

The Avenue at Lainston House

4.3
4.3
94 Reviews
£41 and over
English
Taking its name from the magnificent mile long avenue of lime trees as viewed from your table, the award winning Avenue restaurant is an intimate, elegant restaurant for lunch or dinner, enjoying the most beautiful of settings. The a la carte and tasting menus reflect the style and philosophy of Chef Andrew Birch. His superb classic British dishes with a modern twist are tempting to all palates and tastes and use quality led ingredients encompassing the beautiful kitchen garden that you can explore for yourself.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    English
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:00 am Sun 8:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Wed–Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 7:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    01962 776088
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Birch
  • Private party facilities
    Private function options available.

What 94 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 2.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

94 Reviews
  1. RaymondT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was first rate, a real dining experience. The staff were very friendly, helpful, knowledable and supremely professional. They made our visit to the restaurant a very pleasurable one. The surroundings were in keeping with the old house and we felt most comfortable. We will return.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true gem. Delighted we found it. Amazing food, great service - friendly yet professional, stunning scenery.

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  3. Lori

    London

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful house!! We had a fun family time here before dinner. the food is decent, delicious. but I won't say it's "ammmmmazing" except the raspberry and rose dessert - best ever rose chocolate. The garden here is definitely AMAZING. If you have never been here, it's worthy a visit!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening, celebrating my other half's birthday. Was a shame the surprise birthday dessert I pre ordered and checked it had been ordered on a separate phone call didn't happen but other than that was perfect. Thank you

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Jersey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had dinner at the Avenue to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant was quite small but not as stuffy as I was expecting. The staff were friendly. The starters were fine, but the mains were not. I had halibut which had been over cooked and was dry and my husband had bass which was bland. We had to chase our wine order, twice. The cheese was nice but we were given a plate not offered a selection which would have been preferable. We ordered a taxi but were not told it has arrived we eventually found it ourselves waiting for us outside and had been for 10 minutes. Overall a really disappointing experience, the food was uninspired and not well cooked, had far better plates of food in bistros - plus the underwhelming evening cost over £200!!! We won't do that again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As lovely a setting and venue as ever and some new staff since we last visited. They were very attentive and knew the menu and so were able to describe the dishes very well, without it feeling like it was a script. Gin cocktails before were lovely and in a beautiful room. ideal for a romantic evening. The food was inspired and confidant, the only weakness was the small scallop starter and the main course again being at the mean end of the spectrum. Lots of flavour, it was just too small and the presentation was odd for one of the dishes. The Guinea Fowl with Quails egg was superb! Someone had tried just a bit too hard to make an impressive display for the plate with the other dish and wasn't as accomplished as the actual flavour. The pud was divine! The food and environment are excellent, although we noticed the prices have crept up since our last visit

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  7. PhilB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable, although somewhat pricey. Definitely for special occasions.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous tasting menu (compliments to the chef) with a must do wine flight to accompany. Hats off to the Head Sommelier.

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  9. MalcH

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect evening meal to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was superb.

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  10. TonyG

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lainston House is very good at what it does best, Looks after the guests very well.

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  11. wendyi

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    came to Lainston House to try to impress our french friends. It worked Previous meals out had met with an OK but this was "superbe"

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, great service, fantastic food. A little expensive

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  13. RKID23

    Kent

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding experience at The Avenue. Food was beautifully cooked with inventive dishes. The desserts in particular were amazing. Brilliant and friendly service. Bit pricey, but definitely worth it and would recommend for anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion.

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  14. ElSemm

    London

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not cheap but the ambience, food etc was very good

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, excellent service, always a lovely ambience.

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  16. DeeG

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and attentive staff. Well worth the money

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  17. winchfood

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely atmospheric setting. Very quiet dining atmosphere, pleasant but some light background music might be good. Service was good-attentive but not pandering, although our waiter's accent was very heavy and it was a little difficult to understand him sometimes. The tasting menu was fabulous, couldn't fault the food. Would recommend unreservedly.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant Lacked atmosphere,lighting wrong, no fire in spite of openfire place on a cold night.Menu interesting but both main courses served Luke warm.big thing made of waiting staff explaining the dishes presented,but strong overseas accents made it very difficult to understand what was being said.Definite issue with food arriving too cold,porridge Luke warm too at breakfast.Having got married there 5 years ago & returning for an delayed anniversary stay,felt standards had definitely declined.Room rate was good value & room very comfortable,shame about the restaurant.

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  19. Gid4

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looked after very well. Was a special occasion and the meal and location felt special too. Recommend the Afternoon Tea too.

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  20. Salcer

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Main courses were on the small side, but the food was delicious and the service fab. Really enjoyed our meal there and would definitely go again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent. Strongly recommended. Great service extensive wine list and delicious food. Also good vegetarian menu

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  22. Alexander

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellence does not do this restaurant justice, we booked in for dinner and we had a most magical evening. The staff were professional and looked after us impeccably. We will be returning regularly.

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  23. MartinP

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall we were disappointed at the food- it is Nouvelle Cuisine so very small portions, more like taster menu size. We ate A La Carte and there were some interesting choices. The dishes were very well presented but more satisfying on the eye than the palate. My pigeon starter was tasty but not much more than a couple of mouthfuls, my wife had the prawn ravioli which came with a crab bisque sauce. Unfortunately the waitress poured the sauce all over the food so any other taste was swamped. My main dish was Buffalo- again something different and well cooked, my wife had the sea bass and it was a very small piece of fillet on a bed of what looked and tasted like semoule- she ended up eating the small piece of fish. We both feel that if nouvelle cuisine is served then the flavours have to be excellent and I am sorry to say this wasn't the case with the exception of the pigeon. Maybe the normal chef was off but we were left disappointed- to be fair everyone else seemed happy so maybe we were unlucky or too picky!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Early Christmas celebration with my family, proved to be very special in every way. Real country house grand style. Not inexpensive at £90 each for glass of Champagne, three courses and wine each including tip, but not over-the-top either for an occasion. I had buffalo, which was amazing.

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  25. Happydiner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall we enjoyed our stay at the lainston. The stay was marred by by husband having to send his main course back as the buffalo sirloin was inedible. He couldn't even cut it with a steak knife! The chef said he could do another but it would be the same as that is how it comes, which is an extremely disappointing response. This being said the rest of the meal was delicious

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  26. LouiseM

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brilliant food, great service, perfect for a special occasion.

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  27. Salmorejo

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely atmosphere, superb food and excellent service. A must!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a truly lovely place to enjoy good food and each of the four occasions of going to Lainston I have been very happy with everything thank you

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Visited for Sunday lunch using a gift voucher for partial payment. Main course selected was roast beef, beautifully tender and I suspect cooked sous vide: a very decent sized portion. Contrasted with my starter the smoked salmon, which was miniscule and dressed with pickled vegetables. My wife's starter, chicken terrine was much more substantial. With a total of three glasses of wine, no dessert or coffee, the cost was almost £50 per head. There are only four choices for each course so the menu is limited.

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  30. Lelo

    Atlanta Metro

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience in great setting. Historic & beautiful.

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  31. PaulB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The whole evening was lovely, however was very disappointed, bearing in mind it was evening dinner at a prestigious hotel that no dress code was observered. On the table next to ours two chaps were sat wearing jeans and shorts, not nice where dinner for two costs £200.

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  32. MalcH

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went as a treat as we had no children for the evening. The hotel and surroundings are beautiful. The staff were very polite, friendly and attentive. The dinner was delicious and beautifully presented. There was a good selection on the a-la-carte menu, but the 7 course taster menu was a bit too fishy for us. We will definitely visit again.

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  33. HeatherJ

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great afternoon with good food lovely surroundings and best friends.

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  34. Janqual

    Naples

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal in stunning location, felt really spoiled by both staff and surroundings. Food and service all first class.

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  35. Fernet12

    Hampshire

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House lived up to all expectations, as usual. The menu is concise but unusual and the quality of cooking and presentation is of an exceptional level. Service is excellent, not intrusive and always there when required. The wine list is adequate but could be a little more comprehensive and adventurous. Overall a good experience

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very unhappy with the dinner food - it lacked anything special and was tiny portions too. Service good and staff and Hotel lovely - shame about the dinner being overpriced for what it was. Would go back to Hotel, but not have dinner there, but breakfast was lovely and the afternoon tea looked lovely too.

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  37. CH54

    London

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I'd eaten at Lainston twice some years ago and this experience was a far cry from then. The short menu [five starters and five mains] would have been difficult for anyone with a nut allergy as they were liberally used throughout the majority of dishes. The crab ravioli was a surprisingly dry dish and the overall good quality of the innovative food was marred by poor service. We had to ask for our wine to be poured twice, we had a long wait after we were told our table was ready and the iciness of the female Maitre D' was chilling. Dishes were brought from the kitchen and left to wait around for a waiter rather than being brought to the table piping hot. The waiter thought barley was rice and had no idea what cheese they had. A very disappointing experience considering cost and reputation. We decided to forego dessert or cheese and saw no point in making an issue of our discontent as the overall ambience means we won't return. On a positive note the bar man was welcoming and obliging.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the tasting menu. Some courses were more to our taste than others, but that's to be expected. We had a delicious meal, and the chicken wings with miso was a particular stand-out. I'd like to specifically recognise the Maitre d'. He made a real effort to find wines that I would enjoy, and suggested a different wine when a glass when it wasn't quite to my taste (and didn't charge me for the new glass). We felt that he genuinely cared about whether we enjoyed our meal.

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  39. samanthaf

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Many thanks to Chef Olly Rouse and the team, especially the front of house serve, for a wonderful 40th lunch for my husband, booked last minute and the food was superb - I shall look forward to coming again.

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  40. Lazz

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my wife to The Avenue at Lainston House for a lunch for our wedding anniversary. We went for the 3-course-lunch set menu. It's the cheapest option, but still very good selection of meals. The service, the presentation and flavours of the meals and the whole experience of this fine dining was just excellent.

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Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Winchester
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:00 am Sun 8:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Wed–Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 7:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    English
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Birch
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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