Acres of picturesque green hills and manicured parkland provide an exceptional backdrop for Donnington Valley Hotel and its fl agship dining establishment, WinePress Restaurant. For guests arriving here, the frenetic hustle and bustle of modern life swiftly melts away, leaving behind undisturbed charm and effortless elegance.
Donnington’s dining spaces and bar are relaxed yet sophisticated, and service succeeds in being simultaneously attentive and unobtrusive, allowing meticulously sourced seasonal produce and the chefs’ skills to speak for themselves. Menus at the award-winning WinePress showcase good, honest food prepared to an impeccable standard. From the seasonally led à la carte, take scorched smoked Cornish mackerel to start, served alongside shaved carrot, candied beetroot and horseradish oil. For mains, signatures such as assiette of Berkshire lamb accompanied by tomato relish, galette potato, aubergine and aged Parmesan prove diffi cult to overlook. Appropriately, the restaurant’s menus are paired with equally enticing dessert offerings. Think exquisitely crafted sweets such as compressed Bramley apple with shortbread mousse, yuzu curd and thyme brandy snap, and your expectations won’t fall short.
Donnington’s collection of over 400 wines is unsurprisingly world-class. Waiting staff are poised to help guests select a bottle from the cellar or provide recommendations for pairings by the glass – of which there are 40 to choose from.