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L'Ortolan

Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #31 of 457 restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $48 - $179
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
Description: A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, L'Ortolan is the culmination of Chef Patron Alan Murchison's efforts to create something truly special. Murchison's desire has been to achieve perfection in cuisine, setting and service and in this Michelin starred restaurant you'll find that he has surpassed all expectations. Surrounded by beautiful grounds, L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Food of the very highest quality, creative and sophisticated is made using the best possible ingredients, many locally sourced from hand picked producers in the nearby villages. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and the Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.
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English first
Newbury, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

My wife arranged a surprise experience for me at L'Ortolan, where we worked in the kitchen for a few hours and then had a tasting menu at the chefs table. It was great fun to meet all the staff, and have a laugh with Chef Alan and his brigade, as well of course of being at the heart of the... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review Stones7. You were one of the first to try our ‘Cook and Dine’ experience and we are thrilled that you enjoyed it. Alan and the team really enjoyed having you in the kitchen. Hope to see you next year! More

Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Went for a celebratory dinner with family. Lovely pre-dinner drinks on terrace and served by really warm and helpful staff. Dinner itself was just delicious and we went for the Gourmand menu with the cheese course before desert. The accompanying wine was excellent and we only chose the standard and not luxury selection. The tawny port we ordered with the... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Thank you rockdrive22. We are delighted that you enjoyed your celebratory dinner with us and have passed all your kind comments on to the team. The fish tank is definately a feature not to be missed. We have seen some fabulous pictures taken by guests looking through to the kitchen and positively encourage anyone to do the same! We look... More

Surrey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We ate here as a birthday treat for my partner and whilst the food and the service are very good,I don't think this is somewhere I would return too and at £325 for two its very overpriced. £13.00 for a glass of mediocre champagne!!! We ordered the tasting menu accompanied by the wine choice which was nice as we had... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Dear Lippy48. Thank you for review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and wine on the evening and also found the service to be good. We're sorry to hear that the Champagne was not to your liking. At £13 a glass it would have been our new house Champagne, Charles Heidsieck Brut, which has won many... More

London
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Good impressions start from car park. Plenty of room, so you don't worry that your new car will be scratched. Then you enter and warm greeting from staff prepare you for being well looked after. We were offered to have a drink at the bar or conservatory and we decided on the latter. As soon as we placed an order... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

It was a real pleasure to read your review twixi0. Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience on here. We hope to welcome you back to L’Ortolan again. More

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My boyfriend took me to L'Ortolan for lunch on my birthday. The staff were friendly and welcoming and it really doesn't matter what you wear which is good as I was in my riding clothes. We had cocktails in the conservatory to start with but I was disappointed as I had a Peach Bellini with no stirrer and all the... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Thank you aggro_kitty for taking the time to write a review. It sounds like it was a particularly hot day when you dined with us and we are sorry to hear that you found some of the dishes a little heavy. It’s a shame we missed the opportunity to ‘wow’ you on this occasion. Your comments have been discussed with... More

Wokingham, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I took my mother here for her birthday surprise and booked the chefs table in the kitchen. This was great! We were greeted and seated in the bar / conservatory area and met with a glass of champagne each. We were then brought canapes whilst we were able to peruse the vast wine menu, the Sommelier helped us greatly as... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Dear JadeyNunn. We really enjoyed reading your review – and especially the catchy title! Thank you for your kind comments and description of the Chef’s Table experience which is really helpful for other guests thinking about trying it. We are thrilled that we helped to make your mother’s birthday special and would love to welcome you back to L’Ortolan again... More

Esher, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was my first visit to L'Ortolan, courtesy of a Client. First impressions I have to say were not great-chipped paint, scuffed wallpaper in the uninspiring bar area. Food was ok but very much on the cusp of losing its One Star I would have thought. Interesting (no I should say bizarre) choice of wines to go with the seasonal... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Dear Ian H. We are sorry to hear that your visit to L’Ortolan was slightly disappointing. We agree that parts of the décor need a refresh and this is currently in progress. I note that you dined with us in May which was just before the first stage of our refurbishment in the bar conservatory. The chef is aware of... More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We recently visited for a birthday celebration and had the champagne lunch menu. An excellent meal, very good service and a nice ambience. First rate recommendations by the sommelier for our different accompanying wines. We would certainly visit again.

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Thank you mjmuk1 for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to welcome you to L'Ortolan and we look forward to your next visit. More

Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

An uninspiring experience this time around (have dined there 10+ times). Expensive for what it was: reasonably interesting but not exceptional food, OK but not great service, all feeling a little bit tired in all honesty. Needs a spruce-up in so many ways. Will continue to dine there, as it's one of the better restaurants in the area, but hoping... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Dear doug s. Thank you for your review - we have taken note of your comments for discussion with the whole team. Our aim is to give you an exceptional dining experience and we are sorry to hear that you were a little uninspired on your last visit. We agree that there are some parts of the restaurant that need... More

Fleet, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Went today on a Business Luncheon and came away thinking nothing special, which is a shame because it is in a lovely spot. It was a Set Menu - Chef's Appetiser so tasteless no one could tell what was supposed to be in it. Chicken was OK - shouldn't it be better than OK? Desert was too rich for my... More

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LortolanRestaurant, Manager at L'Ortolan, responded to this review

Dear Leigh F. We are very sorry to hear that not all aspects of your dining experience at L’Ortolan lived up to your expectations. We have sent you a message via TripAdvisor with our contact details and hope to have the opportunity to talk to you in person regarding your review. More

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