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Orwells at Shiplake

Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
0118 940 3673
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Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Shiplake
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Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in Shiplake, near Henley on Thames, Orwells' Kitchen is headed up by Michelin starred chef Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman. The aim is to source the best produce available locally and prepare memorable dishes with no fuss to let the quality of the produce shine. This rural aproach and modern cooking has won Orwells "Reader's Restaurant of the Year" in the 2012 Good Food Guide, not even one year after opening, and also the Pride of Reading award. Orwells caters for everyone, offering an extentive choice from the a la carte menu, a 7-course tasting menu as well as a £10 Lunch menu for two courses on week days. On Sundays Orwells is very popular for families and couples who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good food, in Summertime in the Garden overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside. We look forward to seeing you very soon
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214 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I was a little apprehensive when I first arrived, as it seemed a bit too gastro pubby. I needn't have been. Food was excellent, lovely ambience, nice garden at the back. Do a very reasonable lunch offer.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It was our first visit to Orwells and it will certainly not be our last. Our evening began with champagne in the garden contemplating which menu to venture for. On the second glass of champagne we opted for the tasting menu with wine selection and what a great decision it was. Each course was a perfectly harmonised dish and at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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173 reviews 173 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We've been wanting to try Orwell's for a while and finally managed for lunch in July 2014. It was well worth the wait! We had the lunch menu which was very reasonably priced and everything was well made and the service was good. We'll come back and try their dinner menu in the near future.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have eaten at Orwells on many occasions since it opened and visited again last night with 4 friends who had not been before. I tend only to write reviews of holidays but we were all so impressed with our dinner last night that I thought I would write a quick review to share what a wonderful place it is.... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We live in Reading and find some of the restaurants and variety really staid. We took a cab out to Orwells at Shiplake because of the great reviews and the menus. We were given a warm welcome, Kurt who is the manager was great and you can see why the place does so well with his personality and professionalism. We... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I'm really glad I found this place, its practically an education in fine dining. The bread is home made and is fantastic as an appetizer by itself. The wine selection is thorough and compliments the courses perfectly. The service is always good.

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Surrey UK
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122 reviews 122 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I have never responded before to the question ' Is this one of the best meals you have had in a restaurant ' but on this occasion it seemed churlish not to answer , and to do so with a resounding Yes. This is Fine Dining of a very high order. The setting is idyllic. The house is wonderful. Service... More

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Woodley, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We like Orwell’s as it has a warm friendly informal atmosphere coupled with good service and excellent food. The scallop starter is great. The smoked ell and foie gras could have done with a bit more ell as just two very small bits was a disappointment given the flavour and its star billing. The Wagyu beef, duck and John Dory... More

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Goring, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a family meal at Orwells on Saturday evening and the whole experience from all 7 diners was described as fantastic. Both the steak and duck breast were voted the best ever tasted and we have eaten beautiful steak in many top restaurants in the world. The champagne, red and white wine and dessert wine were perfect to accompany... More

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London, United Kingdom
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40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have eaten at Orwells a few times now and on every occasion we've seem to have chosen from the Tapas Menu which is a fantastic way to enjoy a variety of dishes and I can only recommend that you give it a try as it adds a lot of fun and the option of sampling many little dishes from... More

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