One fine Sunday morning, together with my inlaws and husband, we ventured out of London and into the picturesque countryside, our destination: The Vineyard Hotel at Stockcross, near Newbury in Berkshire.  Their website promised a "Gastronomic affair" and what a fine affair it was!  The welcome we received upon arrival was warm and inviting and the service remained exceptional from the Apéritifs right through to the Petit fours, it was faultless.

To start with Richard had the salmon sushi - this was anything but your conventional Japanese seaweed wrapped salmon! Accompanied by a cucumber jelly & served upon a slate tile, this starter was simply amazing, as were the others.

Our main courses were all works of art - I had the Roast Lamb, served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & Mediterranean vegetables.  Although the chef was a little shy with his gravy boat, the lamb was cooked to perfection & every forkful melted in my mouth.

And then came the desserts... Coffee and clementine soufflé marbled with bitter chocolate and served with clementine sorbet.  It was sinful, to say the least!

Talk about a journey through flavours...  My palate was thoroughly sated and suitably satisfied!  Can't wait to go back. 

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Their address and telephone number is Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8JU, Tel: 01635 528 770