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Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wed - Thu 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in Shiplake, near Henley on Thames, Orwells' Kitchen is headed up...
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. 2015 Edition of Waitrose Good Food Guide we feature in the top 100 restaurants. Orwells caters for everyone, offering an extensive choice from the A La carte menu, £15.00 2 Course lunch, 2 Course £19.95 Dinner and Taste of Orwells menu. 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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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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First visit but accompanied by friend who had been there before . Great setting and weather was kind enough to allow lunch outside. Fabulous venue for outdoor eating. Service was very friendly and helpful ( only one mistake in order and quickly remedied ) but at times was on the slow side which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
Richard P
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

First visit but accompanied by friend who had been there before . Great setting and weather was kind enough to allow lunch outside. Fabulous venue for outdoor eating. Service was very friendly and helpful ( only one mistake in order and quickly remedied ) but at times was on the slow side which did not matter too much on a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I have no idea why anyone would want to have lunch anywhere else but here. The food is innovative and prepared with great care and attention to detail. Even the fixed price luncheon menu gets the same attention as the a la carte menu. In my opinion Orwells should be #1 in the Henley area if not even further afield.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Great food and excellent service. What more can I say. We've eaten there 4 times in the last year or so and will continue to do so and the food is fantastic.

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Well it ought to be at £12.50 a glass but it was nothing spectacular. The food in Orwells is very good as is the service. We went for lunch on a Friday and the 2 course set lunch was very good value but they are having a laugh with the wine, a glass of which pretty much doubled the cost.... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

After dining at Orwells on a Saturday night, I read some of the reports on Trip-Advisor and found that several of them chimed with my experience. Nothing at all wrong with the food (although muntjac deer may be an acquired taste). In fact the standard of cuisine was excellent, particularly, the delicious deserts. The staff were all very pleasant. No... More 

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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I've eaten several times at Orwells over the past year. The food is always excellent and the staff are both incredibly friendly and very well trained. Last night we went for their 5th Anniversary meal which featured a signature dish from each of the previous five years. We also indulged in the flight of wines which were specifically selected and... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Great food and service and having lived in the area for a long time cannot believe I've not tried it yet. Will definitely be back

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

I would highly recomend Orwells. The staff have an obvious passion for the retaurant, serving seasonal food from their own kitchen garden. The food is wonderful and very creative.

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Berkshire
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We have eaten here several times and last Saturday we took some friends who had not been before. Once again we enjoyed cleverly prepared excellent food in this lovely restaurant. Our friends were equally impressed. Not only is the food really, really good but all the staff are brilliant and help to make this restaurant the best in the Henley... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

amazing food, was impressed to find people coming from far and wide to enjoy the food. Excellent food, good service. Not cheap but well worth a treat now and then

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Additional Information about Orwells at Shiplake

Address: Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
Phone Number: +44 118 940 3673
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Henley-on-Thames  >  Shiplake
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 117
Cuisine: European, British

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Henley-on-Thames  >  Shiplake
  • Phone Number: +44 118 940 3673

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 117
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: European, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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. 2015 Edition of Waitrose Good Food Guide we feature in the top 100 restaurants. Orwells caters for everyone, offering an extensive choice from the A La carte menu, £15.00 2 Course lunch, 2 Course £19.95 Dinner and Taste of Orwells menu. 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
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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