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L'Ortolan

Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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Ranked #35 of 452 restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $47 - $176
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Didn't have high expectations as I heard this place was quite corporate but overall we really enjoyed the food. Service a bit up tight and stiff but I guess some people (not me) enjoy this to feel important. Really nice menu, well balanced & seasonal. Quite good value for lunch.

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United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

L'Ortolan is a restaurant which values itself very highly. It even has brown tourist signs to guide you to it. On arrival at the country house style restaurant, the door is opened for you and you are welcomed inside by the slightly over friendly staff. You are offered a place to sit and have a drink whilst choosing from the... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Food good but very pretentious and staff not very friendly. I absolutely adore being looked after well in some of the best hotels in England and on the Continent, but this is one to miss in my opinion.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

An excellent experience. Food and service were outstanding as you would expect from a restaurant of this class. More expensive than the usual restaurant we would go to but definately one for a special occasion. We particularly enjoyed the wines recommended for each course.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We sat on the chefs table watching the kitchen it was amazing. Seven courses of the most flavourful food. Yes it's expensive but save it for a special occasion. You can try out one of their lunch time deals to get a feel for it. You will be totally spoilt but and you will enjoy every minute.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My wife and I eat here once a year as an annual treat each December. As a Michelin starred restaurant, you expect something special, but this place really is excellent. From the moment you arrive and are taken through to the colourful and stylish conservatory for drinks and oer d'oeuvres you are made welcome. Throughout the meal every course is... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great food, wine and service. Very helpful sommelier - very knowledgable and friendly. An excellent experience overall.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I don't expect large portions of food in a restaurant of this calibre but the Bon bouches at the beginning were extremely tricky and messy to eat. The dessert was so tiny- 2 teaspoons and that was it. In the middle the main course sufficed. We had eaten there before and loved it but this time we felt cheated.

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Milverton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with friends. The food was extremely good and the service very professional. We would definitely return if in the area. A super restaurant.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

L'Ortolan is always a hit with our family and the Mother's Day lunch didn't disappoint! The menu was perfect and the portion sizes just right. We've always found the staff friendly and helpful and this visit was no exception. The service was attentive but not intrusive. We'll be back.

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