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Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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. 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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  • 158
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Birthday treat

Lovely Birthday treat for my husband. Delicious food, wouldn't bother with the extra veg, just not needed and upsets the balance of the meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
AliStar2010
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Wallingford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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242 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wallingford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Lovely Birthday treat for my husband. Delicious food, wouldn't bother with the extra veg, just not needed and upsets the balance of the meal.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I have been several times to Orwells and have never been disappointed. The choice of dishes is superb ! The staff are extremely efficient and Kurt is very knowledgeable on the food and choice of wines to accompany the superb dishes on offer. Arnaud also extremely welcoming making you feel a valued guest. I would be delighted for Ryan and... More 

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Almancil, Portugal
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

This was my first visit hopefully not my last . The food was just superb we were a group of five and everyone's meal was fantastic . The menu was terrific I had the most delicious risotto with truffles followed by a fabulous brisket . Kurt was a great host his recommendations were terrific He remembers his clients and is... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Thanks once again to tripadviser reviewers. Staying in Henley for one night and were looking for a last minute Sunday lunch spot. After having looked at reviews, fortunate to find a table at Orwells. A real treat with a fantastic sunday lunch offering. Pigeon for starter was full of flavour and followed by some nice thick cuts of beef. If... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Whenever we treat ourselves to a meal at Orwells we question our sanity at eating anywhere else! With amazing service, incredible food and a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere it never fails to please.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I was taken out for lunch today by a piano student and it was exceptional from beginning to end. We began with a glass of champagne at the bar, by the wood burning stove. My starter of Scallops was layered with a variety of flavours, each delicate enough to complement the perfectly cooked scallops. Then followed teriyaki beef. I knew... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We are regulars here and treat Orwells as one of our special places so we do not go there every week! Fabulous food from Ryan, Liam and the team, and Kurt and front of house very friendly and attentive as always. Keep it up guys the Michelin gong must be close now and remember your regulars when it happens. Pete... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Do I wear a jacket or do I put on jeans? That question epitomises Orwells. It is/was a pub but it doesn't serve pub food, it serves excellent food which would have its place in the top restaurants. We were welcomed with a smile and shown to our table, water and drink then menu all following on. We chose the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

From start to end the whole experience was totally first class. The staff were friendly and knowledgable without being intrusive, the restaurant was busy but still intimate and the food was incredible. Each course complimented the last and the carefully selected wine flight were all perfectly matched and of the highest quality. After having done a few of these over... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I love Orwells! It is expensive and so really a place for a special treat. A treat, however, it is! The food is absolutely divine and far exceeds food that I have had at many Michelin starred restaurants. I actually think that, on the two occasions I have eaten at Orwells, that I have had the best food I have... 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 30 - 112
  • Cuisine: European, British

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
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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