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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #34 of 503 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $44 - $164
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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

First time visiting this restaurant. My husband & I are well travelled and have experienced many types of restaurants. I would say we have gone to 80% of restaurants in Reading. We also have experienced Fine dining at the Cerise restaurant (4 star Forbury Hotel restaurant) & The French Horn, plus have experienced a Michelin star restaurant in Portugal. I'm... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the restaurant as a group of 6 for festive lunch and everyone was really impressed. The food is amazing and the service is fast and efficient but and all of the staff went out of their way to make us welcome on what was a very busy lunchtime

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Having to look forward to visiting L'Ortolan with much anticipation. This restsurant did not disappoint. The restaurant ambience and general service made us feel we were getting a one to one interaction. Come meal time and that was the real deal. The food was mind blowing not to mention the carefully selected wine. L'Ortolan has surpassed my expectations and will... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

Back at L'Ortolan after a few months. It was great last time and it's got even better! Fantastic, inventive, tasty food and great service. Highlights for me were the Hens Egg Ravioli (an amazing dish...try it!) and the chocolate dessert for two. A wonderful meal.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I sent a review of l'Ortolan in December of last year and was pleased to find this week that the excellence has been maintained. We had a superb meal and lingered some time afterwards with no pressure from staff to leave. Service level just right as before with attentive but not overbearing service. My earlier review gave full marks for... More 

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Reading
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8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

A group of us were sent information about the £35 Festive lunch, and seven of us booked a table. After we made the booking, an extra person wanted to come but it was made quite clear to us that if one more person came then we could only order the Festive tasting menu at £65. What a cheek, and as... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Another great lunch! L'Ortolan is reliable. Food and service very very good and also good value for money. I am becoming a regular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

We had a fabulous night, 13 of us in a private room upstairs. Starting with champagne cocktails and 'nibbles' in the conservatory, then a delicious menu of duck, beef or turkey, cheese course then chocolate and cherry dessert, with little tasters in between. Service was superb, we all had a great night.....thank you!

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

Thank you very much P D for your kind words, we are glad you all had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. More 

Wokingham, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My husband took me here for my birthday on Friday 28 November – we had an Amazon Local voucher for the seven course tasting menu, which included a free glass of champagne. I have eaten here a couple of times before from the a la carte menu and have always had a wonderful time, so I was excited to try... More 

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

Thank you very much Hazel K for celebrating your birthday with us and we are glad to hear you and your husband had such a wonderful time, we have passed your comments on to our team. It’s great to hear that everything was spot on and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to leave such detailed feedback, and your... More 

Reading
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My partner treated me to this decadent restaurant for my birthday. It is not a place to go if you are hungry - but the food was excellent. It was very expensive I'm sure, and everyone should go at least once.

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

Thank you snedin for your kind words and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your birthday. We appreciate your comment on the excellence of our food, and are sorry to hear you found the portions slightly small, we do endeavour to provide a good portion size for the meal as a whole. You have not mentioned which menu... 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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