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7 Michelin stars

It's the 20th birthday of Newbury's The Vineyard, and 7 famous former chefs are cooking up a storm to celebrate.

Are we confident enough on Bucks & Oxon to allow a Berks restaurant to have a nibble on our site? Of course we are! You’ll definitely want to know about what’s happening at The Vineyard this month. Over to Rachel at Muddy Berkshire…

The Vineyard Hotel nr Newbury Berkshire luxury 5 star hotel, restaurant and spa

If you’re a foodie or wino *ahem* I mean wine lover, you’ll know and love The Vineyard in Stockcross (near Newbury) – and later this month it will be popping corks and streamers to celebrate its 20th birthday – the mother of all gastronomic parties – 7 chefs, 7 nights. But not just any chefs; these are the Top Gun of cooks, and they all have history in this kitchen.

Each star will appear for one night only at The Vineyard (see below for dates) serving a special tasting menu and The Vineyard sommelier has been busy tasting the 30,000 bottles in the wine cellar to make sure each dish is perfectly paired. I’m so excited I feel like stripping down to my control pants and flashing my spare tyre.

Those of you who, like me, habitually hanker after something unique, urbane and glamorous in the region, will snaffle the opportunity to tuck in your starched napkin for the return of Nathan Outlaw, John Campbell, Matt Gillan, Shay Cooper, Daniel Galmiche, Richard Davies and Billy Reid – with a constellation of Michelin stars to their names. I know, it’s awesome, right?! All we need is Tom Hardy jumping out of a cake, and you can stick a fork in me, I’m done.

Chef Shay Cooper The Goring Hotel – Back to the vin The Vineyard Stockcross Berkshire

Mon 25 June: Shay Cooper (now at The Goring Hotel, London)

Shay Cooper is the master of uncomplicated, British cookery. Having worked in some fancy kitchens – Juniper in Altrincham, The Vineyard, Devon’s Endsleigh Hotel – Shay bagged a Michelin star for the Queen’s fave The Goring – its first ever in the hotel’s 100 year history.

King of fish Nathan Outlaw Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Back To The Vine The Vineyard Hotel Stockcross Berkshire

Tues 26 June: Nathan Outlaw (now at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac)

He’s called the King of Fish (cover your ears Rick Stein), Nathan Outlaw has worked with Stein, Gary Rhodes and John Campbell. He now holds 4 Michelin stars across his empire with two restaurants in Port Isaac (home to Doc Martin), one in Rock, London and Dubai.

Chef Matt Gillan Pike & Pine Brighton Back To The Vine The Vineyard Stockcross Berkshire

Wednesday 27 June: Matt Gillan (now at Pike & Pine, Brighton)

Matt’s Michelin  magic was honed at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Midsummer House and The Vineyard. He was awarded a star at The Pass at South Lodge, and opened his debut restaurant Pike & Pine in Brighton last year.

Chef Richard davies The Conservatory Calcot Manor Back To The Vine The Vineyard Stockcross Berkshire

Thursday 28 June: Richard Davies (now at The Conservatory at Calcot Manor)

Richard cut his teeth with the likes of Gordon Ramsay at three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and John Campbell at The Vineyard, before earning himself a Michelin star at the Manor House hotel in Wiltshire. He’s known for comfort food with class at The Conservatory.

Chef John Campbell The Woodspeen Back To The Vine The Vineyard Stockcross Berkshire

Friday 29 June: John Campbell (now at The Woodspeen, Newbury)

Wherever John Campbell goes a Michelin Star seems to follow: Lords of The Manor in Glos, 2 for The Vineyard, Coworth Park and now his own gaff The Woodspeen (Muddy Award winning too). The man’s a legend – with a passion for food and nurturing future talent.

Chef Daniel Galmiche The Gore Kensington Back To The Vine The Vineyard Stockcross Berkshire

Saturday 30 June: Daniel Galmiche (now at 190 Queen’s Gate at The Gore, London)

Daniel Glamiche’s CV is oozes luxury and Michelin stars. He may not have a big neon sign saying ‘freakin’ talented’ but Daniel quietly delivers the goods wherever he hangs his apron from La Gavrouche, Cliveden House, Harvey’s in Bristol via The Vineyard and now The Gore in Kensington.

Chef Billy Reid Danesfield House Hotel Marlow Back To The Vine The Vineyard Stockcross Berkshire

Sunday 1 July: Billy Reid (now at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow, Bucks)

Billy has a minimalist, simplistic style of cooking, with a focus on creating modern, original British food using the best ingredients. Taught by the Roux Brothers, he was Head Chef at Marco Pierre White’s L’Escargot , was only the 2nd Executive Chef to be appointed at The Vineyard and you’ll now find him over the border in Marlow at Danesfield House Hotel.

This 7 day festival of first class food will be an immersive dining experience with all the the kitchen action streamed live into the restaurant, so you can see how to the pros put your dishes together (mind your Ps and Qs, boys). Monday to Saturday suppers will include five delicious courses expertly paired with wines, priced at £150 per person. Sunday is a fab four course lunch also with paired wines, and priced at £90 per person.

Sold? Me too. Like, totally. I’ll be reviewing the Shay Cooper’s opening night to check it out (I’ll put it straight on the blog), but knowing The Vineyard and the calibre of the chefs, I’m very confident to recommend it. If you want to book a table call 01635 589429. If you fancy making a night of it and staying in one of the 49 luxury rooms, simply head over to the website and make your reservation for the night, chef or menu you fancy.

I’m so excited I could squeak.

(*Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeak*)

Back To The Vine is sponsored by Marshall Jaguar Land Rover Newbury and Newbury Weekly News

The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU. Tel: 01635 528 770

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