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“Romantic week end”

The Vineyard at Stockcross
Ranked #11 of 191 Restaurants in Newbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $46 - $158
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to The Vineyard, aka ‘food heaven’ for those in the knowChoose from our new 18 dish menu that changes regularly and have fun creating your own tasting menu and selecting wines. Or choose the 5 or 7 course tasting menu with wines matched by our wine coaches.Our French chef, Daniel Galmiche regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen and draws upon his unique experience and passion to share his love of food and authentic French/Mediterranean cooking. In addition, many seasonal dishes are locally sourced from sustainable stocks - a triumphant blending of Old World taste and New World values you might say.Whether you're here on a romantic weekend, celebrating an anniversary, enjoying a family reunion or just getting together over a light supper and a few glasses of delicious wine, you're guaranteed to enjoy a very special gastronomic experience at The Vineyard, Berkshire
Neuchatel, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
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“Romantic week end”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have decided to spend a romantic week end at the Vineyard because we have eaten 4-5times there in the past but not since the refurbishment.

So I booked a two night stay there with breakfast and dinner for one night (where I had plan to proposed to my girlfriend)

At our arrival we had a really warm welcome from the receptionnist and where taken to our room almost straight away, the room was spacious; modern and clean. (nothing less to except in a 5stars)

During our stay we enjoy the Spa; who was great and the bar to relax and have a cocktails (perfectly made by the bartender)

The next day we had breakfast in the dining room we where by ourself so the staff took great care of us and the big selection on the buffet was enjoyable and the selection of fresh cut fruit was nice and refreshing after the english breakfast who can be heavy for none english people;

At night we went for dinner at 8pm but before we had a cocktails (again who was perfect)

Then we`ve been serve our tasting menu with wine; everything was perfectly cooked and season, the sommelier really knew how to match the wine and our food;
Portion where big enough.
Before the dessert the ring arrived for my fiancé in a hand made sugar work where the ring was in the center of it surrounded by sugar roses; it`s hard to explain how good it was, but it was amazing and of course she say yes.

After dinner we went by the fire to enjoy our last glass of wine......

Overall it was really great and surely we will return sometime soon.

Thanks to the staff who made our stay so special.....

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank clementCH
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Alan H, Restaurant and Wine Director at The Vineyard at Stockcross, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Clement CH
thank you for your very kind words, we are so pleased you enjoyed your recent experience at The Vineyard.
I know Daniel and all the team will be delighted when I pass on your comments about the food, wine and service that you received.
Thank you once again and we hope to see you again in the near future, no doubt to try some new and interesting food and wine pairings.
Kind regards
Alan and all The Vineyard team
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Newbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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“Stunning .....”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

In every sense of the word, this place is stunning. great rooms, great service and just the best food in the area. Daniel Galmiche is a wonderful chef ..... I have his brasserie book and cook from it regularly :-) We are getting married here this year .....

Visited December 2012
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2 Thank Jayn1e
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Alan H, Restaurant and Wine Director at The Vineyard at Stockcross, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Jayn1e
Thank you for your kind words following your recent stay and dining experience at The Vineyard, I know Daniel and all the team will be delighted to hear that you had a great time.
I hope that you enjoy the dishes out of Daniels book as much as the rest of our guests and hope to see you soon to try some more new seasonal dishes that he has created.
Look forward to seeing you later in the year for the big day too!
Kind regards
Alan and all The Vineyard team
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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Does this restaurant aspire to a 1 star ?”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

My wife and I had dinner at the Vineyard on Sat, 5th Jan. We were regular diners before John Campbell left to go to Coworth Pk (which we have since been too). Initial welcome, pre-dinner seatings, drinks were excellent, nice, attentive staff, & prompt service. We opted for the Discovery Menu. We were shown to our table and then waited for at least 15min for the first course (not a good start). Once we got going it the flow was OK. Only one of the waiters could describe the dishes, thus some were plonked down on the table and we were told another waiter would explain (but never did). At the end of dinner service we wanted tea in the lounge, we were not shown to lounge, we eventually got up and made our way, then after another 10 mins had to ask for our tea. I would have raised these observations with a manager but no one was to be found.

The restaurant provides food which can get to 1 star levels but they are not going to get a 1 star with this level of performance. It needs attention to detail. It needs experienced front of house staff to keep a diligent eye on service and be visible to diners. I felt that once we sat down to dinner we were left in the hands of inexperienced and poor trained serving staff.

  • Visited January 2013
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Alan H, Restaurant and Wine Director at The Vineyard at Stockcross, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Dermot_ohare
Firstly may I thank you for your feedback and apologise on behalf of all the team at The Vineyard for not delivering the kind of experience which we would normally aspire to.
I have recently taken over the dining experience with the intention of raising the service in the hope of attaining that elusive star and so any comments for us to improve upon are gratefully received.
I do hope that this visit has not put you off coming again in the near future, as I already feel we have made great steps in improvement, should that be the case then please let me know and i will oversee your booking personally.
Kind regards
Alan and all The Vineyard team
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Colonard-Corubert, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Pre-Christmas dinner - was it worth it?”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

All started very well - lovely atmosphere and well looked after for aperos. We went for the taster menu with accompanying wine recommendations and all went downhill from there. Firstly, the waiter who was supposed to describe each course and the inspiration behind the food could hardly speak English, so not much value there. Similarly, the sommelier was supposed to explain why each wine was chosen to accompany each course, but couldn't appear to do so. All in all, some of the courses were OK, but the pork filet was overcooked and dry and one of the fish dishes was covered in a fairly bad tasting bubble bath. In summary, sort of glad we went, but doubt we would return. Such a shame.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank LeChene61
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Alan H, Restaurant and Wine Director at The Vineyard at Stockcross, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear LeChene61
I was disappointed to hear that you found your recent visit to The Vineyard not up to the level we normally aspire to. We pride ourselves upon delivering the best possible service of food and wine however on this occasion for whatever reason have certainly not achieved this.
May I first of all thank you for bringing this to my attention and secondly pass on all the teams sincere apologies.
We do hope that you will come back in the near future as since my recent arrival, I feel we are already making great improvements in the quality and consistency of our service.
Should this be the case then please do let me know and I will oversee your booking personally.
Kind regards
Alan and all The Vineyard team
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
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“Top-class in every way”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our first visit here, some four years ago, when the chef with two Michelin stars was on his way out, had been really unimpressive, but we had been encouraged since then by the arrival of Daniel Galmiche, even though he had been obliged to take over a number of the existing staff, not all of whom shared his vision of the way the restaurant should be run. Now, it would appear, he has things down to a T. We decided to be prudent and have the reasonably-priced four course lunch option, choosing what we fancied from the main menu, and splash out on the most expensive of the three price levels for matching wine selections. Not for the first time, we chose the same dishes, which made it simpler with the wine, but afterwards made us regret slightly the fact that we could have enjoyed more dishes and thus further superb examples of what is to be found in the cellars here. There was no amuse-bouche, but this was more than made up for with the first course comprising a delicious and generous slice of exemplary confit duck foie gras at just the right temperature, quince jelly and dried apple quenelle, matched beautifully by one of our favourite white wines, Viña Tondonia reserva. This was followed by line-caught halibut, perfectly cooked, with cucumber done three ways (slightly too much for me) and a nod to chicory and watercress (not enough for me). At Peter Michael's restaurant one of his wines is likely to be the perfect choice, and sure enough the Mon Plaisir chardonnay, although somewhat oaky to begin with, proved to be an excellent accompaniment to the superb fish. For the meat course we had really lovely gamey medallions of Balmoral venison, which truly conjured up pictures of the Scottish highlands, sitting on a bed of fashionable kale with another of our favourites, pearl barley, making a wonderfully well-balanced dish. And what better to go with it than a red Burgundy? In this case a premier cru Gevrey-Chambertin by one of the best makers, Denis Mortet, which was a delight. Moving on to what proved to be a lip-smacking dessert, a Valrhona fondant chocolate tube with a quenelle of delicious ginger ice cream on top and surrounded with a tonka bean foam, served at the table, we had expected a sweet white wine. However, the excellent, knowledgeable, and award-winning sommelier came up with something even better - a glass of Sassicaia, one of the best wines ever, which matched the dessert amazingly well. We finished with very good petit fours and coffee, still musing over one of the most enjoyable lunches we had had in a long time. The one disappointment was that the wines were not served at the table nor the bottles presented, but this seems common practice in the UK even at some starred restaurants. Everything else about it just oozed class, the dining room ambience and the correct way the tables were laid, the proper service from staff who balanced formality and friendliness perfectly, and, of course, the excellent food and super wine. It really is a mystery that the Vineyard, the Decanter/Laurent-Perrier restaurant of the year 2012, and highly rated in other restaurant guides, not only fails to be awarded a star when it easily outshines so many restaurants which have this accolade, it actually appears not even to merit a separate mention in the Guide Rouge.

Visited January 2013
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Alan H, Restaurant and Wine Director at The Vineyard at Stockcross, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear acko_10
It is always a delight to hear of such an exceptional review, I have printed your kind words off for all the team to see.
It is through comments like this getting back to Michelin that we hope to gain that much coveted star, but most of all we hope that not only you will return soon but that you inspire others to come visit us, especially as lunch can prove such exceptional value!
Thank you once again
Kind regards
Alan and all The Vineyard team
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