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L'Ortolan

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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
+44 118 988 8500
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just...
A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.
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    Very good
  • 77
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Chefs table treat

Took my dad for a surprise birthday treat, I thought the menu was reasonably priced and setting in front of the pass on the chefs table was great. The food had some ups and some downs, the standout dishes were the turbot and rump of beef, I would even goes as far to say the turbot was the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Scott J
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Took my dad for a surprise birthday treat, I thought the menu was reasonably priced and setting in front of the pass on the chefs table was great. The food had some ups and some downs, the standout dishes were the turbot and rump of beef, I would even goes as far to say the turbot was the best fish... More 

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UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Slick service, living up to to its Michlin star, friendly, food excellent, grounds nice, weather perfect although they had nothing to do with that!

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Wokingham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have visited this fabulous restaurant many times as it is the best, and only Michelin starred, in our area. Situated in a quiet area of Shinfield in a lovely building, that began life as a rectory years ago, with well-tended gardens. From the moment the large front door is opened for you, the staff are attentive and informative. The... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The only local Michelin rated restaurant. ..... wine isn't cheap, but if you're not too thirsty then the set price lunch menu is amazing value and a superb experience to share with friends, family or a loved one.

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Oxfordshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

OK - we booked lateish - a party of four but we were placed at a table where there should NEVER be a table - by the entrance to the loos and where all the staff come from the kitchen. I unfortunately, had the worst seat - which was 'kicked' twice as people passed. Constant flow of staff and loo... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had a private room The Wine Cellar for 15 friends and the 10 course Surprise Tasting Seasonal Menu. Lovely room great service and the Chefs Menu for the occasion was superb. I could go through all 10 courses but as they change with the season I can't imagine they serve the same menu very much at all. The Stone... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wow, took my Wife there last night for our anniversary. Well worth the money. Service excellent, the staff are extremely knowledgeable of the products, especially the wine. Made me feel stupid but not in a bad way. The food is genius, super tasty. Nice style and surroundings, relaxing. Would go again but not a place for children, they would not... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It is over 20 years since we last visited this restaurant so we were apprehensive about the experience. We should not have worried it was a fantastic experience that went far beyond our recollection of our last visit. The whole experience from the moment we entered the restaurant was first class. The staff were polite and attentive and made us... More 

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

Thank you very much AlD134634 for your glowing feedback. We are so pleased that you found us again and had an even better experience than you remembered from 20 years ago. We hope you won't leave it so long before visiting us again! Best wishes Ania J. - Operations Director More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was a very special occasion and I had very high expectations having dined here for a dinner a few years ago. We were greeted warmly and sat in the bar lounge to make our selections in a relaxed atmosphere. We were then shown to our table in the small dining room overlooking the garden. Lovely.Also very relaxing to really... More 

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

Dear Glenn K. You have really captured the essence of what we are striving to achieve here at L'Ortolan. Thank you for your kind words and wonderfully descriptive review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Ania J. - Operations Director More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

First visit since new head chef and new pastry chef arrived. Just amazing. All 3 courses, amuse bouche and pre-desert were sensational. Great service, attentive without being overbearing. The room has a lovely atmosphere (wish they'd change the jazz background music!) and the welcome is very friendly. Can't wait to go back

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

Thank you Proactive-PR for your fabulous review. We are very much about taking things to another level here at L'Ortolan and it is great to hear that everything was spot on for you (apart from the background jazz!). Do come back and visit again soon. Best wishes Ania J. - Operations Director More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
  • Public Transportation: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 988 8500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 43 - 161
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.

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