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L'Ortolan

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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
+44 118 988 8500
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just...
A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.
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    Very good
  • 74
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Chef's Table experience

4 of us had a wonderful lunch here as a belated birthday treat for my husband. We decided to splash out and sit at the chefs table and we did not regret it! From our champagne and canapés on arrival in the conservatory through to being given tasters of different dishes, as well as our 7 courses we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
VickiTatton
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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English first
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

4 of us had a wonderful lunch here as a belated birthday treat for my husband. We decided to splash out and sit at the chefs table and we did not regret it! From our champagne and canapés on arrival in the conservatory through to being given tasters of different dishes, as well as our 7 courses we could not... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

My daughter treated me for my birthday. Had heard about the restaurant from friends. Knew it was expensive but my daughter got a special deal from the Internet. We went at lunchtime. The reception greeting was nice and formal. We were shown to the waiting area while our table was being prepared as we were a few minutes early. We... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Everything about this place is just superb. From the warm welcome you receive, through expert advice of the sommelier, friendly and knowledgeable service to (last but not least) very imaginative excellent food. We will definitely be back as soon as we're next in the area. Thank you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Actually the staff were as big a contribution to our enjoyment of this lunch as the menu gourmand and the fantastic flight of wines that complimented it. The Chef's table is very involved being right in front of the pass, a very different experience which we all hugely enjoyed.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Took my wife to this restaurant for her birthday as a treat. When we arrived we were taken to the conservatory for a pre-dinner drink. As soon as we sat down we noticed a couple of dead flies on the window sill next to our drinks table. I pointed them out to the waiter but he made no move to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

we went here for a birthday treat, it is (was) our favourite restaurant in the area. we both ordered a tasting menu with wine to come with each course. the wine was out of sync with the courses and sometimes we had done. when the wine sommelier asked how our food was - at one point we said we had... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Booked the Chef's Table for dinner to celebrate my son's First Class Degree. We were warmly greeted and the service was good, although we did have to ask for drinks at one point. On the whole we enjoyed the food, although there are some gripes... Was slightly disappointed by the salmon which had been cooked in a water bath, making... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The greeting on arrival was perfect, the table was ready exactly on time, and the service and food throughout the meal was fantastic. Difficult to fault in any way....

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great restaurant for special occasions, business meals with very attentive staff. Went for a birthday and chose the champagne dinner.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

As always the service was impeccable. Champagne & canapes on the patio was delightful. Food was exquisite. My only criticism would be that the only vegetarian option - as with all other restaurants in the area is Risotto. (the present day mushroom stroganoff?) Cheap but definitely NOT cheerful. I expected more from L'Ortolan. I can't criticise the risotto, it was... More 

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Additional Information about L'Ortolan

Address: Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
Phone Number: +44 118 988 8500
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
Average Prices: USD 44 - 164
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
  • Public Transportation: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 988 8500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 44 - 164
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business

Description

A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.

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