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WinePress at the Donnington Valley

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

((()* British

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

Gary George 11 December 2016
from Wimborne Minster

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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

3.3 ((()* (based on 32 reviews)
78% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (17)
  • dinner (7)
  • romantic (6)
  • lunch (5)
  • private dining (5)
  • large parties (4)
  • luxury (4)
  • views (4)
  • breakfast (3)
  • business (3)
  • value (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • trendy (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • (**** 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.

  • ((*** 28 September 2016 by Tracey from Thatcham

    Was a bit disappointed
    Sat us turned any from the main restaurant
    No explanation of what a on the afternoon sandwiches

  • ((((* 19 September 2016 by Catherine Ellison from Newbury

    The mozarello and tomato salad was delicious, we all enjoyed our meals. Great to see so many veggie options.

  • (((** 1 September 2016 by Lesley Skeavington from Thatcham

    The afternoon tea was excellent but we were very disappointed by the service. Initially it was good and then no one came near us we had to get up and find someone to order more drinks and get the bill. We were the only ones in the restaurant, surely the service should be excellent so we encourage others to come.

  • ((*** 17 August 2016 by Sarah Robinson from Newbury

    We came for afternoon tea which was lovely , but after being given our tea and cake etc ,we waited for over an hour and ask for our champagne , 15 minutes later it finally arrived we then went on to buy a bottle of wine which we kept asking for . This was a treat kids babysat and days off work , it was ruined by the having to wait and constantly looking for a waiter and asking .

  • ((((( 27 July 2016 by Carol Gainlall from Newbury

    nice welcome, seated in nice area of hotel, positive greeting, tea/coffee served quickly and offered regular refills. food well presented, tasty, varied and plenty of it (given doggy bags to go home with)

  • ((((( 19 July 2016 by Toni Gifreu from Woking

    Excellent food and service. Lovely table in the conservatory area.

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