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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Outstanding food

Went for a family celebration having heard good things, and were not disappointed. Food was of the highest quality, beautifully prepared and conceived - each dish a picture. Not huge portions but full of wow factor. There is no vegetarian option on the menu, though there is one (only) when... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Reading
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Went for a family celebration having heard good things, and were not disappointed. Food was of the highest quality, beautifully prepared and conceived - each dish a picture. Not huge portions but full of wow factor. There is no vegetarian option on the menu, though there is one (only) when requested - a pity that our vegetarian son therefore felt... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The lunchtime menu has two and three course options and is limited but freshly prepared and very tasty. Sensible portion sizes. Service was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Haven't been here for a few months but the food and service were as good as ever. Seared tuna starter on a bed of extraordinary and delicious vegetables (fruit??). Great rib eye as a main. Cooked to perfection. Variation on Mille feuille for dessert. All delicious and glad to be back here. Service at the same relentlessly high levels. Great... More 

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Surrey UK
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119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were very impressed the first time we visited Orwells. I am delighted to say that they are now hitting new heights. The skill and finesse shown by Lam and Ryan in balancing dishes that are innovative and creative is of a high order. Front of house headed by KIrt and by Arnaud and team are friendly, informative and adept.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We decided to celebrate our wedding with lunch at Orwells. From our very first visit the team were just brilliant, Arnaud went out of his way to accommodate all our requests and the actual day itself was just beautiful. Tables had been made up outside in the garden, the food served was, as always superb, the service spot on, very... More 

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Woodley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Orwells never disappoints. The crab and salmon ravioli was very tasty. The lamb and the cod were great - well cooked and succulent. Fresh strawberries on the cheese cake was soft and melted as eaten. Variety of cheese was also good. Staff team do a great job and this restaurant deserves even greater recognition. Well done again. Many thanks.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Under £20 for 3 courses on the set lunch means repeat visits are a must. Crab ravioli, lamb rump, chocolate dessert and plentiful supply of 3 homemade breads make it feel like we're robbing them! Sure, when we go for dinner the a la carte is pricier, but the cooking and the flavours make it worthwhile. Front of house were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

We went for my bro-in-laws 70th Juky 2. My sister paid. A lot. I think the wine was 1 pound for each birthday year.The 2011 La Mar Rías Baixas. Nice!! I had the beef tartare - superb, then the lamb with lovage gnocchi. So good. And the British cheeses with a glass of Monbazillac. Service and knowledge beyond superb. Atmosphere... More 

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Nice garden (we were very lucky with the weather on the day with blue skies and sunshine, 26C), pleasant and polite waiter. Very reasonably priced 3 course lunch menu and the food was amazing. Very tasty and nicely presented. Drinks a tad on the pricey side but aren't they in all restaurants? Large selection of wine-by-the-glass which makes sense as... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This has been one of those places we keep meaning to go but never get around to it. As we had friends coming we used it to go. The place is pretty standard from the outside but great inside. Anyway it's all about the food and that was really good. We went for lunch and my beef starter was amazing,... More 

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Additional Information about Orwells at Shiplake

Address: Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
Phone Number: +44 118 940 3673
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Henley-on-Thames  >  Shiplake
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 117
Cuisine: European, British

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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 - 117
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?