WinePress restaurant latest victim of flooding

27 July 2007 by
WinePress restaurant latest victim of flooding

The sister restaurant to the two-Michelin starred Vineyard at Stockcross has been forced to close its doors for six weeks due to extensive flooding.

The WinePress restaurant, in the Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa in Newbury, Berkshire, is the latest victim of the bad weather, which has battered the UK for the past three weeks.

Andrew McKenzie, managing director of the Peter Michael Collection, which includes the Vineyard and Donnington Valley, praised the "Dunkirk spirit" shown by hotel staff as water levels rose to waist height on the first floor of the hotel.

According to McKenzie, the hotel resembled a fish tank. "We had a few sandbags but we were putting dirty linen into bin bags to seal areas off and we were pumping the water out."

The WinePress restaurant is the only public area that has been forced to close. "It will be out for six weeks to dry out and we need to get new carpet and get it redecorated," McKenzie added.

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By Helen Gilbert

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