THE VINEYARD A TO Z
Andrew McKenzie: Managing Director of the company, Andrew hails from Scotland. Awards and Accolades: AA 5 Red Stars, AA 4 Rosettes, 2 Michelin Star, 5 Star Gold Award by the RAC, Independent Hotel of the Year Catey Award 2003, Square Meal Restaurant of the Year Outside London 2003, Hotel of the Year 2000 by the English Tourist Council, Johansen’s Most Excellent Restaurant 2000, AA Best American wine list 200/2001, Best of Award of Excellence by The Wine Spectator, 7 out of 10 from Good Food Guide.
Art: There are close to 1000 original paintings and sketches in total around the hotel, all from Sir Peter Michael’s private collection. Other works in and around the hotel includes ‘Drift’ by Laura White, ‘Spine’ by Diane Maclean and ‘Countless Days’ by Michael Kenny, ‘Vineyard Baulstrade’ by Alan Dawson and ‘Deconstructing the Grape’ by David Jacobsen. The Vineyard also houses a large collection of Doris Zinkeisen and Boris Smirnoff’s art.
Baby Sitting: We recommend Newbury Nannies or Safe Hands to look after the little ones while the parents are out of the room.
Chef: John Campbell, formerly from Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds, joined The Vineyard in 2002. From Liverpool, John is known as the ‘cerebral chef’. His style is innovative and cutting edge.
Since early 2002 John Campbell has been Executive Chef at The Vineyard at Stockcross, one of Britain’s most renowned country house hotels, where his superb cooking has earned him an international reputation for innovation, expertise and flair. John was born in Liverpool and spent much of his early years with his grandmother who introduced him to simple, but great cooking. At the age of 15, his interest in cooking already kindled, he left school without any qualifications to work as a trainee chef in a local hotel. Soon after, his inquisitive mind and dedication earned him a coveted Forte Hotels scholarship that took him all over Europe working in the finest kitchens and restaurants. In 1997 he left Forte Hotels and moved to Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire where his food style continued to develop and he was awarded his first Michelin star.
Known as the ‘cerebral chef’, John has a degree in International Culinary Arts, a host of accolades for his food as well as an enviable reputation within the industry. His genius lies in combining complex elements into dishes that look and feel simple and natural. He experiments with the effect that temperature has on flavour - intensifying the taste and challenging the taste buds.
In 2003 The Vineyard was awarded ‘Independent Hotel of the Year’, an enviable 7 out of
10 in the Good Food Guide and Square Meal’s ‘Best Out of Town Restaurant’. In 2004 it was voted ‘Wine Restaurant of the Year’ by the Restaurant Magazine. Earlier this year he received his second Michelin star. John is the author of the highly acclaimed and
international award-winning book Formulas for Flavour; last year he launched Advanced thPractical Cookery to national acclaim and he is currently working on the 11 Edition of
the nationally and internationally used Practical Cookery.
Crockery: For coffee service The Vineyard uses ‘Primavera’ from Royal Worcester.
Dinner is served on plates from Villeroy & Boch and Bernado & Rosenthal. Glassware is
Cummins, Frankie: The murals in the Gymnasium and treatment rooms plus the larger
wall paintings in the Music and Morning room are all done by Frankie Cummins. Frankie
is a local artist, residing in Hungerford.
Dawson, Alan: The 29 meter long ‘Vineyard Baulstrade’ located in the Cocktail Bar and
Restaurant is made by Alan Dawson. Not a literal interpretation of vine and grapes, but
a steel structure, which represents the organic growth in abstract form like those of a
vine. Alan Dawson has also done works for the Sultan of Brunei and Prince Charles.
Donnington Valley Hotel: The Vineyard’s sister hotel with 111 bedrooms and conference
facilities for up to 140 people and 12 conference rooms, and a brand new Health Club
and Spa. It is located approximately 2 miles away.
Entertainment: The Vineyard offers a selection of DVDs from reception. There are also a
wide variety of board games available.
Espa: Espa is a totally holistic and therapeutic skincare range used in The Vineyard Spa
treatments and is suitable for both men and women. The treatments are highly
beneficial to mind and body. The luxurious range has been inspired using the highest
quality organic or naturally grown plants known for their purity, potency and therapeutic
. Whatever your needs ESPA have a product and a treatment that can eradicate
all your aches and stresses.
F Formulas for Flavour: Book written by Chef John Campbell and available for purchase at
reception for ?20.
G Golf: Donnington Valley Golf Club is located approximately 2 miles away, next to
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa. It is a challenging 18 hole, 6353 yards, par 71 golf
course with facilities including a Pro Shop, Club House with a bar and a meeting room.
H Hartley Family: Formerly a 19
th century hunting lodge and served as a country retreat for the Hartley family, who were ‘Lords of the Manor of Stanford Dingley’, The Vineyard
was developed as a country house hotel in the 1980’s. During this period a conservatory,
was added, along with function rooms and 16 Atrium Suites. It was then known as the
‘Foley Lodge’ and Sir peter took full control of the company in 1996, closed it down for a
year and a half, and reopened in May 1998 as ‘The Vineyard at Stockcross’. It was
originally marketed as a ‘Restaurant with rooms to stay’ and the new wing built in 2003,
opened in 2004 with 16 Atrium Suites.
I Interior Design: The Vineyard’s hotel interior has been designed by Emily Todhunter
(entire hotel except New Wing) and Serena Richards (New Wing- Atrium Suites). All the
rooms done by Emily Todhunter are individually designed, whilst the New Wing is more
contemporary in style.
Iredale, Jane: Jane Iredale is the make-up range that The Vineyard uses in the Spa, with
make-up and skincare products. Jane Iredale Make-Up is anti-ageing, contains SPF’s,
minerals and allows the skin to breathe.
J Jacobsen, David: Deconstructing the Grape by David Jacobsen takes its inspiration from
the Roman post supports and water rills in the ancient vineyards of Alsace. It is
imagined as the wine grape’s ‘journey’ to the wine reservoir.
K Kenny, Michael: ‘Countless Days’ by Michael Kenny (1941-1999) can be seen outside the
New Wing and is one of the artist’s later works. He was given three months to live and
lived for three years. During this period he created (amongst other pieces) Countless
Days, which is a sculpture made of white marble.
L Les Pavot: Les Pavot is a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend, known as Meritage in
California. The 1996 vintage has received worldwide accolades and was voted one of the
top five wines in the world by Wine Spectator magazine in 1999. At President Bush’s
official visit to the UK in 2004 the 1997 Les Pavot was served for the dinner hosted by
the American President. It was once again served to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip,
the Duke of Edinburgh, when they dined with George Bush at the White House in May
M Maclean, Diane: ‘The Spine’ by Diane Maclean can be seen just as you arrive at The
Vineyard. Based on the simple design of the human spine, this sculpture forms a tribute
to the artist’s late father, who was a surgeon and medical artist and is made out of
stainless steel. The piece is 6 metres high.
Molton Brown: In all rooms you will find a selection of products from Molton Brown.
Found in decanters in the bathrooms, they contain shampoo, relaxing shower gel and
invigorating shower gel. Both decanters and products are for sale at reception.
Morgan, David: Paintings in the Atrium suites are done by David Morgan, who is an
abstract painter working on commission from Sir Peter. His oils on canvas are
approximately 48 inches square.
Morlet, Nicolas: The Wine Maker at Sir Peter’s vineyard in California.
Morning Room: Breakfast used to be served here so it has kept its name.
Music Room: Piano and Harp are the two instruments in the room.
Newbury: The name Newbury was first mentioned in 1079 in ‘Ecclesiastical History of
England and Normandy’. It was then given a license to hold a fair and a market. As a
curiosity, England’s oldest road is located not far from here: ‘The Ridgeway’ is 85 miles
long, stretching between Ivinghoe Beacon and Overton Hill. In the late 15th Century,
cloth manufactured in Newbury was highly regarded on the continent. The ‘Newbury
Coat’ was made in 1811 as a bet between Sir John Throckmorton and John Coexter. The
bet: ‘A Sheep’s Coat at Sunrise, A Man’s Coat at Sunset’. A painting of this event can be
seen behind reception at The Vineyard. The Newbury Racecourse was opened in 1905.
During World War 2, Greenham Common was used as a base for 101st Airborne and was
used as a launch place for scores of gliders used at D-Day on June 6th 1944. Today
Newbury is home to the largest mobile phone company in the world; Vodafone.
Newbury is located 45 minutes from Heathrow and 1 hour 15 minutes away from
Nicolas Peth: General Manager at The Vineyard, Nic is from Brittany in France. Nic joined
The Vineyard in 2004 after being in the hotel trade for 15 years. His previous experience
includes Claridges in London, The Ritz in Paris and The Martinez in Cannes. He is married
to an English wife and is the father of a three-old-year son.
Opera: A yearly event at The Vineyard. Proceeds go to Sir Peters favoured charity The
Pelican Trust in aid of prostate cancer.
Poppy: The Californian Poppy grows wild on Sir Peter’s winery in the Sonoma Mountains
and can be seen on the mural in the Morning room. The Poppy is the logo of The
Vineyard at Stockcross and can be found on several products around the hotel, such as
ties, cravats, glasses, plates and carpets.
Pye, William: Fire and Water by William Pye, FRBS. Seven spectacular tongues of fire
leaping from a slate black, mirror-like tray of water eleven metres in diameter greets
guests on arrival at The Vineyard. At night, overlooked from The Vineyard restaurant it
creates a constantly changing abstract pattern of light.
Red Stars: To offer consistently outstanding levels of quality, comfort, cleanliness and
Relais & Chateaux: The Vineyard at Stockcross joined Relais & Chateaux in 2002 with
450 members in the world and 21 in the UK.
ndRestaurant: Gained a Michelin Star in January 2000 and a 2 Michelin star in January
2007. Opening hours are: Breakfast 0700-1000 (0800-1000 weekend), Lunch 12-1400, Dinner 1900-2200. Prices are as follows: Full English Breakfast ?18.50. Market Menu (available Monday- Thursday, lunch and dinner, Saturday lunch, Sunday dinner). Prices as follows: Lunch- 2 courses ?22.00, 3 courses ?28.00. Dinner -2 courses ?29.00, 3
courses ?35.00. A la carte menu: Available everyday for lunch and dinner (except Sunday lunch); 2 courses ?55.00 & 3 courses ?65.00. Sunday lunch 3 courses ?29.50. Tasting menu 10 courses for ?85.00.
Rooms & Suites: There are 49 rooms at The Vineyard, 31 of those are suites with five rooms known by the name of the room instead of numbers and are named after Sir Peter Michael wines. They are: La Carriere (101), Mon Plaisir (102), Les Pavot (103), Point Rouge (214), Belle Cote (114), and Le Apres Midi (217). The remaining rooms are named after Californian, French, Italian and Spanish wine labels.
Searle, Ronald: English born illustrator and cartoonist, most well known for his illustrations of ‘Punch’s’ theatre column, has a special collection in the restaurant. The Vineyard is proud to boast that the Searle area is the largest known collection of Ronald Searle illustrations.
Sir Peter: Knighted by Queen Elisabeth in 1989 in recognition of the economic prosperity spawned by his work. In 1992 Sir Peter founded the first national commercial classical radio station in the UK, Classic FM, which is now one of the biggest commercial FM stations in the world. Sir Peter lives locally.
Smirnoff, Boris: Born in Russia 1894. The early part of his life is very much undocumented, as he fled Russia shortly after the 1917 revolution. He spent some time in Japan, before settling in France. A leaflet with Boris Smirnoff’s biography is available at The Vineyard.
Sonoma Suite: Named after part of the Nappa Valley in California where Sir Peter Michael’s Vineyard is located.
Sous Vide Cookery: Meat, fish and vegetables are all cooked slowly at low temperatures under a vacuum and in a thermo circulator (water bath). This yields excellent hygiene and storage, perfect cooking mediums and great consistency.
Spa: Open every day from 7am to 9pm (weekends 8am-8pm). Four treatment rooms offer a wide variety of treatments. The spa is open to all residents, a small membership group and non-residents can enjoy 66 different treatments or relax on a Day Spa.
Theodas, Therese: Scottish born artist who studied life drawings in Paris followed by 3 years in India. After a career as a hotelier Therese Theodas now lives and works from her home in Devon where she paints, sculpts and oversees the reproduction of her sculptures. Most works are human figurative with the addition of some abstract and animal works. She has also designed the Catey Award that The Vineyard won in 2003. The award can be seen on display at reception.
Vineyard: In 1982 Sir Peter established the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of St. Helena in Sonoma County, California. Due to the commitment to quality only a very small amount will be made every year.
Von Stumm, Johannes: ‘Arches’ made by Johannes von Stumm is located as guests enter the Restaurant from the Cocktail bar and is made of granite, glass and iron. This particular piece is number four out of six editions of the work made in 1998. The artist is originally from Munich, Germany, but is now working from his studio in Wantage.
Wedding: 102, Morning and Music rooms are all licensed for weddings.
Wine: With over 600 Californian lists The Vineyard has one of the biggest wine lists in the world on Californian wines. The International list counts over 1100 wines. The wine cellar has a maximum capacity of over 23,000 bottles. Awards for the wine list includes AA Best American Wine list 2000 and 2001 together with Best Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.
White, Laura: Drift by Laura White, an artwork in six parts, is located in the entrance to The Vineyard.
Zinkeisen, Doris: Born 1898, died 1991. Zinkeisen was born in Scotland, attended the Harrow School and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy where her first painting was exhibited in 1918. After leaving the Royal Academy she went to work in stage design for Sir Nigel Playfair, where she also designed costumes and sets for the Old Vic. The National Portrait Gallery in London has several works by Zinkeisen, including a self-portrait. Zinkeisen painted the mural for the Verandah Grill on the Queen Mary in 1936 and in 1938.