For me, Sunday is an oxymoron of emotions. I get overly excited by the prospect of eating my body weight in food, whilst slumping on the sofa in front of my latest craze on Netflix. However, I also always feel that dark cloud of Monday morning lurking over my shoulder.
Therefore, last Sunday, I decided to shrug off my Monday morning blues by pushing the boat out, going against the Sunday vow of ‘thou shalt not wash’ and heading over to sample a new restaurant/cookery school in Newbury, Berkshire for lunch with a couple of family friends.
Opening in October 2014, The Woodspeen is an infant in the culinary world.
However, boasting a Michelin star chef, fresh, locally sourced produce (including, from the likes of our lunch guests from the Two Cocks Brewery #diningwithroyalty) and a cosy, friendly atmosphere, The Woodspeen is a restaurant in its prime, which I have no doubt will continue to excel even further over time.
On arrival, we were greeted by an array of smiley staff and a cosy bar area.
After swiftly inhaling a crisp glass of prosecco and a couple of bowls of homemade chicken flavoured popcorn and sage and onion crisps (YUM), we were led through to our table.
The restaurant’s decor reminded me of a chalet come, greenhouse.
With a vaulted wooden paneled ceiling, fur-lined chair covers, woven shaggy mats, rustic exposed brick walls and a pot of tall green foliage, which sprouted as a centre piece from the sleek, grey flooring, The Woodspeen’s unique and retro decoration was on point and created the perfect ambiance for our afternoon of indulgence.
After studying the mouth-watering menu, which was handed to us on, what my Dad (an ex-teacher), compared to a school clipboard (it was, in fact, a lovely touch), we were ready to order… and EAT!
My sister and I decided to share the confit duck cake, which came with a smooth pate and the cauliflower cheese risotto to start.
Apologies for the lack of photo, apparently I was too excited to get ‘started’…
This was then followed by a delicious amuse-bouche of pea and mint soup with sun-dried tomato and a cube of deep-fried lamb…
How cute are the bowls!? ^^^
I then went for the venison, accompanied by pave and faggot and bacon, cabbage and creamed potato for main…
And the oh so naughty, tiramisu with coffee ice cream for dessert…
Every single one of my courses were divine however, the real showstopper of the meal was… dum dum dummmm – the gravy, which accompanied the roasts.
It was, lick your plate and the gravy boat, scrumptious (if anyone from The Woodspeen is reading this and would like to divulge the secret ingredient, that would be muchos appreciated!)
This restaurant offers up fantastic service and fresh, beautifully presented food, both, in unbeatable surroundings.
If you are in the Newbury area, make sure you pop into The Woodspeen for a pint of The Two Cocks Brewery finest, whilst taking in the remarkable view, which encircles the restaurant.
Oh, and of course, for a gravy boat or two…