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Orwells at Shiplake

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Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 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: Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 177
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Long wait for excellent, highly-priced food.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Hilldweller042
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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English first
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 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
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stumbled upon Orwell's after getting lost on a walk but it was well worth getting lost. It has been a very long time since we ate so well at lunchtime. The food was delicious, beautifully served by a friendly waitress and reasonably priced for such quality. We loved the home-made flavoured breads. The whole meal was a treat.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Invited for lunch by a couple living in the area. Food was excellent and service impeccable Had lunch in this gastro-pub, set in the rural area of Henley-on-Thames. Their set menu was excellent value for the quality and presentation of the dishes, and wine list affordable. Highly recommended if you like to discover good food in the countryside.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had the tasting menu accompanied by the wine flight. Every course and accompanying wine was carefully introduced and explained by the waiters. The food was consistently good and often surprising - including a pork cheek served with brown sauce ice-cream.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The other five-dot reviews say it all. The food, the creative menu, the service, the wine list ... All are excellent by any standard, and exceptionally unexpected in such a lovely countryside setting. But all of that refinement is dented rather strikingly by the awful art on the walls. I can only imagine that the Lemongrove gallery -- whose labels... More 

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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 - 116
  • 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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