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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/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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  • 164
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 21
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Keep it up guys - its great

Orwell’s never disappoints. Lunch was very good. The set menu beef starter was very tasty and the carrot soup was enjoyed. The main course of Guinea fowl was well cooked and again very tasty. The Bril was light and delightful. With a good desert and excellent wines we had another very enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Brianheliman M
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Woodley, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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251 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Woodley, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Orwell’s never disappoints. Lunch was very good. The set menu beef starter was very tasty and the carrot soup was enjoyed. The main course of Guinea fowl was well cooked and again very tasty. The Bril was light and delightful. With a good desert and excellent wines we had another very enjoyable lunch. Thanks to Ryan, Liam and Kurt.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Food and quality of wine excellent. However the Guinea Fowl was water bathed which makes it tender but kills the taste and the texture. The roast beef was superb the best of any gastro pub or probably anywhere. Lean and tender. Spoilt only by the very slow service. Arrived at 1.30 starter arrived nearly an hour later and the main... More 

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Reading
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We always enjoy our time at Orwells. This time there were 14 of us for my Mum's 80th and they combined great food with friendly, welcoming service. We had the conservatory to ourselves and this gave us a nice amount of privacy without cutting us from the rest of the restaurant. The window looking into the kitchen adds to the... More 

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Surrey
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Friends took us to Orwells recently for lunch. The food was outstanding, really beautiful. We had the Saturday set menu lunch which was incredible value for money! The dishes were of such high quality and the waiting staff were perfect, made us feel very welcome. Would definitely return!

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Twyford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were recommended Orwells by a friend who runs a Michelin starred restaurant some time ago. The food that Ryan and Liam lovingly prepare with their team is fantastic and the service from Kurt, Arnaud and the front of house staff has always been impeccable. This is our go to place!

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LONDON
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great menu with seasonal and sustainable options. Thoroughly enjoyed my meal there. The food was quirky without being too obscure. The menu was explained in detail and knowledge of the wines from the staff was clear. :-)

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Nuneaton
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Not going to make a big thing about Orwells As less is more just to let you know that me and my wife with a couple of friends recently went to Orwells for the Tasting Menu what a great experience we all had the food was as in the title Amazing & the front of house team lead by Kurt... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Best restaurant for miles. This is how great food and service should be done. This has become our go to restaurant for any special occasion. Kurt and his front of house team, are charming, relaxed and informative, the food and seasonality of the dishes are out of this world. Cannot recommend Orwell's highly enough.

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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went to Orwells for the tasting menu. The food was ok although not exceptional. We sat down at 7:30 and they eventually bought the Proseco we'd ordered an hour later - despite two further reminders from us that we'd like our drinks. At 9:50pm we'd just about had our starter. We asked them how long the rest would take as... More 

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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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 - 115
  • 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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