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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #31 of 487 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $44 - $165
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely lunch at l'ortolan. The courses were well executed, presented attractively and tasted divine. A special mention for the perfect scallops, the herb crusted fish and the cheese selection - 16 to choose from ! Portion size was really good. I left feeling nicely full rather than just having my taste buds teased for a couple of... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

It's a long time since I last visited L'Ortolan and since then things have got a lot better. We had the 2 course lunch menu which was fine, tasty and fair value. The service and general ambience were quiet, measured and comfortable. I look forward to going again in the not too distant future.

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Bramley, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

We visited L'Ortolan for a family members landmark birthday celebration and we were not disappointed, from the moment we walked through that lovely stately home front door, and were greeted by the attentive staff who could not do enough to make our stay with them as special as possible in every way. Pre-dinner drinks were accompanied with canapés, which were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Thank you for the effort that you made to provide me a dairy free, egg free, nut free, wonderful five course meal at my friend's birthday party. I felt well looked after and informed of what I was eating. The courses were varied and tasty. The flavours were fresh and exciting and most importantly, I felt safe to eat everything... More

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We treated ourselves to lunch for a special occasion and weren't disappointed. The service was excellent from start to finish, and we felt very spoilt. We had three courses and all were excellent - delicious and different. The drinks are a bit expensive, which bumps the price up. We would definitely go back though and would love to try dinner.... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Fantastic experience, we really enjoyed it. Great service and delicious food. Highly recommended....

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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Lovely occasion. Good, attentive but not intrusive service, pre-lunch G&T was offered a choice of Gin, and a choice of tonic! Top marks here. Good range on the tasting menu, unhurried, quantity was sufficient (I was worried I might go away hungry!), presentation and taste top-notch. Will come again one day, but so many other places to try!

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Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Me and my fiancee had dinner here on Wednesday evening. We went a la carte. Our starters (hen's egg ravioli, goose liver) were both delicious - the only disappointment being the red blobs on the liver dish that I think were supposed to taste of cherry but that didn't actually taste of anything. The mains (grouse, suckling pig) were both... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

OMG its was to die for & there was so much of it. I can only say you have to try this dont miss out. The staff also were so quiet, polite & helpful.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Have eaten here a number of times over the last few years and thoroughly recommend the experience. The food quality has been invariably good, presentation imaginative and the service very attentive without being intrusive. The conservatory and garden terrace are excellent places to relax with an aperitif or coffee. The set menus are very good value. Thoroughly deserves its Michelin... 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 - 165
Cuisine: French

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