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WinePress at the Donnington Valley

Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, RG14 3AG +44 1635246088

((()* British

Excellent Afternoon Tea

Lesley Skeavington 14 February 2017
from Newbury

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Awarded 2 AA Rosettes, WinePress at Donnington Valley Hotel serves a diverse range of seasonal European cuisine. Amongst Berkshire’s green hills, Donnington Valley’s landscaped gardens are a delightful setting for al fresco dining, afternoon tea, or enjoying after-dinner cocktails.

The inventive WinePress menu reflects the head chef’s 20+ years at the hotel. Start with the luxurious ham hock and foie gras terrine with beetroot chutney and toasted brioche, before piquant Szechuan pork with apple and vanilla purée.

Delicious French desserts are a Winepress speciality, with praline Paris-Brest, apple feuillantine and creamy lemon dacquoise. WinePress dining takes place in an informal, bright space with vaulted beams straddling the spacious balcony-lined dining room.

An uncommonly comprehensive wine list boasting over 350 world vintages has won multiple plaudits from Johansens and Wine Spectator, with the WinePress sommelier happy to guide you. A country location not far from town, WinePress Restaurant at Donnington Valley Hotel is a 7-minute drive from Newbury Train Station.

WinePress at the Donnington Valley

Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, RG14 3AG

Contact +44 1635551199
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Customer reviews for WinePress at the Donnington Valley

3.4 ((()* (based on 38 reviews)
76% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (19)
  • dinner (10)
  • romantic (7)
  • lunch (6)
  • luxury (6)
  • private dining (6)
  • breakfast (4)
  • business (4)
  • large parties (4)
  • value (4)
  • views (4)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • trendy (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( 14 February 2017 by Lesley Skeavington from Newbury

    Excellent Afternoon Tea

  • ((((( 13 February 2017 by Terry Hand from Tadley

    Excellent welcoming service.
    Good large selection of wines
    Great menu and superb value for money

  • ((((( 13 February 2017 by Grazyna Monaghan from London

    Very nice food and service. Impressive wine selection, wine list was at least 30-40 page thick.

  • ((*** 6 February 2017 by Dave Elson from Maidenhead

    The service was ok . The steaks we had were so fatty we could only eat half . The chips were burnt. Then we had the 5 cheeses and port the cheeses had no taste. So over all not good .

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by Lisa May from Weymouth

    Lovely ambience, nothing is too much trouble, very knowledgeable staff. Haddock fish cake starter was out of this world.

  • ((*** 25 January 2017 by Rebecca Hobbs from Newbury

    Really poor customer service from start to finish. Rearranging the number of people did not go well and was messed up. When we arrived no one knew where we were having the tea and was sent to the wrong place. The food was not fresh and not up to he standard we had previously there also was not enough for one each of everything. The tea and food was slow to come out and then once it was served all the members of staff left and we were not able to order more tea when needed. When it came to getting the bill we had to go to reception to get the bill as there was no one in the restaurant.

  • (**** 5 January 2017 by Rachel Morgan from Newbury

    Organised Afternoon tea for my boyfriends birthday and when we arrived a table had not been set up. No acknowledgement of the booking was made by them. Very unprofessional and disappointing. Would not return or recommend them to anyone.

  • ((((( 11 December 2016 by Gary George from Wimborne Minster

    Excellent knowledgeable staff, especially the sommelier.
    As previous visits the breakfast buffet is by far the best I have had within the UK.

  • (**** 9 December 2016 by E from Newbury

    Arrived at restaurant to find that no table had been arranged for us and told that we would need to go to the bar. Barman in the bar was not expecting our booking and seemed vague about what menu would be available for us. Not impressed as this was a meal to celebrate a birthday so the whole party decided to leave and find a different place to eat.

  • (((** 3 October 2016 by Gary Morales from Welwyn garden city

    This is our second time we booked afternoon tea with you. The first time was a lot better than this experience if being honest. The restaurant had the doors leading to the outside wide open which had a cold breeze blowing through and the weather outside today was raining and windy.
    There were no menus on the table so you didn't know what you were ordering or what fillings where in the sandwiches or cakes. If I had a allergy to something I would be none of the wiser and wasn't asked if this was the case. The sandwiches cakes and scones overall where very nice. However i found the staff don't really acknowledge the guests as it took us ages to get someone's attention that we wanted another pot of tea. The table behind us had to physically go and ask someone. We felt uncomfortable to actually ask for another pot of tea, in most places when dining out your waitress will initially come and as you if everything is ok, I found this very strange and also as though the staff didn't want to mix with the guests. Maybe this is an atmosphere they are trying to create but in my eyes it's the wrong one.
    A lot of the afternoon teas I have been to also use the old fashion style of tea leaves for there tea to give you that different experience and make style tea tastes better.

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