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All 2 Shiplake Restaurants

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
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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English first
2 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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England
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Our previous visits to Orwells have been enjoyable and the food very good. Something has changed. Last night we found the place cold and lacking in atmosphere. The staff lacked personality, were distant and worse still didn't listen to us when taking the order. One of our guests wasn't given a menu and the order when it arrived wasn't correct.... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We've been going to Orwells for a few years now and it continues to be one of our favourite restaurants anywhere in the world. The food is exceptional, the wine selection every bit as good, and the staff are also fantastic. It's worth the journey many times over... although it's somewhat remote, the drive / taxi journey from Reading is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

These are my thoughts on Orwells after a Sunday lunch: - Incredibly underrated - without doubt one of the best restaurants in the area, but few talk about it. Instead people seem to opt for the "TV chef" pubs - one of which is ordinary to say the least, and the other has a year long waiting list. - Super... More

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

You could not better the excellence of the food at Orwell's and the service is second to none, our experience was a little marred by the noise level from a large party in the tightly enclosed space available.

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Reading, UK
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Another brilliant meal at Orwells. The food is sublime and the real standout is the service which is understated yet attentive. Red Leicester bread was to die for, as was the amuse bouche of a veloute with curried popcorn! The wine list is really good. Tried a biodynamic Pinot Noir from Alsace which was outstanding. I've eating in many high... More

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london
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

It all started with being placed on the Chefs table with a fantastic view of the kitchen. Watching the care with which the food was prepared, it was then unsurprising that the food was really exceptionally good. It was well seasoned, different without being weird and very well cooked. The only smallest criticism was that at times we had to... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

First time here and hope to go back on our next visit to Oxfordshire. Lovely location, charming interior, friendly staff and the most wonderful food. Diverse menu suited this pescatarian. Without prior warning offered gluten free bread to my husband. Wine list very good. Was sad to leave!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We had a fantastic meal here on a recent Saturday night . Service was excellent too. It is certainly a special occasion place as it is expensive. That said I thought the price to be in line with the quality of food and service. What was hugely disappointing was the fact that we had been given a table in the... More

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Address: Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
Phone Number: 0118 940 3673
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Henley-on-Thames  >  Shiplake
Cuisine: British

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