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L'Ortolan

Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #31 of 467 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $46 - $171
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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went for the midweek tasting menu which is about the cheapest way to dine here. The problem I have is this: I love food, I'm not a high end food critic, but even I could spot schoolboy errors in the comestibles served up. I'll go through each course to give good and bad points: Bar snacks: great pork should... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We came to L'Ortolan for a birthday lunch, looking for fine dining in a nice setting. To cut a long story short, we were not disappointed – for the most part. We had (unfortunately) picked one of the hottest days of the year for our lunch, but were welcomed and shown to our table at an open window right away.... More

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Basingstoke
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had dinner on our wedding anniversary, and went for the set 5 course gourmand menu, as a friend had warned me that portions are small. My husband also had the 5 wine flight and extra cheese course. The food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. The staff were extremely attentive and described everything we were eating. The sommelier was... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Booked for lunch and had the set menu. Wonderful food. Service was a bit overbearing and too many interruptions to talk about the food. If this was toned down this would be a great restaurant.

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went to L'Ortolan for combined early retirement and wedding anniversary celebrations. The experience was good, but strangely underwhelming. The attention to detail is excellent and the food was picture perfect, but I'm afraid we found the atmosphere a little too reverential, and the food a little too focused on style over substance. Everything looked ready to photograph, but -... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

We have been to L'Ortolan twice now and have been equally impressed on both visits. The location and grounds are really nice, the staff are great and the food is out of this world. The restaurant itself is spacious and there are romantic circular tables for two, if you like that kind of thing! The restaurant will also take note... More

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

Thank you Niel and Niky J for your fantastic review. We are delighted you have had such enjoyable visits as we aim to provide a memorable experience. As you mentioned we will happily substitute any foods you do not like and accommodate any dietary requirements. We hope to welcome you back to L’Ortolan soon and look forward to seeing you! More

Hook, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We have lived in Hampshire/Berkshire for 30 years and for whatever reason never gone to L'Ortolan. More fool us!!! We went for the champagne lunch, and we loved every aspect of our afternoon. The Conservatory and dining room are delightfully decorated and welcoming. The waiting staff polite and attentive. The food was excellent. Every thing we had tasted delicious, was... More

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

Thank you Lesley for your glowing review! We’re so happy you enjoyed our newly revamped decoration, and hope it set the scene for what sounded like a lovely meal. We are glad you’ve discovered us and look forward to welcoming you back. More

Winchester
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We booked for a party of 17 to celebrate our 50th Birthdays. Not having eaten here before we were looking for ward to the evening. The staff were in contact often by email to put together the final details of menus, wine etc and from the moment we arrived we were not to be disappointed. The venue is beautiful. The... More

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

We are delighted that you chose to celebrate your 50th birthday with us chell_11 and glad that you had a wonderful time! We have fed your comments back to the staff and they are very pleased you had such a pleasurable experience. We look forward to seeing you again. More

Bracknell, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

For all you aspiring cooks and foodies, this is one not to be missed. Had a great dining experience, chatted with the staff and Alan Murchison was in the kitchen. Nine superb courses with associated wines, staggered out quite drunk, fab evening. I think what made it for me was that once all of the staff realised we were not... More

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

Thank you very much Dwilts for taking the time to review your chef's table experience on here - much appreciated by the team. It was a pleasure to have you in the kitchen and thank you for making it a fun and relaxed evening all round. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More

Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I have had several meals at this superb restaurant. We have been with friends as well as just a solo couple. The food has always been of an excellent standard the staff very caring and attentive. On the last occasion we visited my wife by then had become very ill and struggled to talk and also to... More

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

Thank you for the lovely review Dave1Para, we aim to provide an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by both large and small parties. We are so glad that you could enjoy some quality time with your wife at L’Ortolan and that you both found the experience enjoyable. More

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