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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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85% Recommend
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Woodley, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We like Orwell’s as it has a warm friendly informal atmosphere coupled with good service and excellent food. The scallop starter is great. The smoked ell and foie gras could have done with a bit more ell as just two very small bits was a disappointment given the flavour and its star billing. The Wagyu beef, duck and John Dory... More

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Goring, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a family meal at Orwells on Saturday evening and the whole experience from all 7 diners was described as fantastic. Both the steak and duck breast were voted the best ever tasted and we have eaten beautiful steak in many top restaurants in the world. The champagne, red and white wine and dessert wine were perfect to accompany... More

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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have eaten at Orwells a few times now and on every occasion we've seem to have chosen from the Tapas Menu which is a fantastic way to enjoy a variety of dishes and I can only recommend that you give it a try as it adds a lot of fun and the option of sampling many little dishes from... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We celebrated my wife's 75th birthday with a family dinner at Orwells last month. The service was faultless, the food excellent and the wine list gave us a good choice. We've now been to Orwells for lunch and dinner on half a dozen occasions and have never been disappointed. We feel so lucky we have such a good restaurant in... More

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We stumbled upon Orwells after getting lost on a walk. It was well worth getting lost! The food,service and setting is fabulous. We were made to feel really welcome and valued even though in walking gear and not really dressed for lunching out.

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Reading England
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Have just had lunch at Orwells. It was great. My daughter has to eat gluten free and this was coped with without a murmur - she had bread, croutons in her soup and onion rings with her steak all gluten free. We went for the standard lunch menu £15 for two courses £18 for three which was incredible value. We... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had Sunday lunch with my wife at orwells. Ate 3 courses in the garden. Very good food, but luckily we weren't in a rush as the service wasn't quick. No draft ales either. However, staff very friendly, food quality high and I would recommend if you are looking for something a bit better than the usual pub grub.

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London, United Kingdom
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206 reviews 206 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Good place for drinks and food in lovely Henley-on-Thames. The garden is spacious and pleasant on a nice sunny day!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

13:00 Sunday lunch booking. Staff and service slow to take drink orders and had to ask for menus. Waitress polite and orders taken. Starters arrived after 40 minutes. No bread offered. Had to ask. Ordered Roasts x 2 for mains. 1hr 10mins after starters cleared, no apology or update from floor staff. Asked manager who said they would arrive in... More

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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

This is the 3rd time my wife and I have eaten at Orwells and the 3rd time we have been seriously impressed. Saturday lunch with a choice of 2 or 3 course set menu for £15 and £18 respectively, or a la carte was a difficult choice. Opting for the latter we were spent a wonderful 3 hours drifting through... More

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