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

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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197 reviews 197 reviews
78 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The food at Orwells really is excellent. Well presented and it tastes great. We had a leisurely lunch here yesterday. They cook their own bread (I especially like the Red Leicester) and even churn their own butter. My caramel sponge was to die for and I loved my other two courses. Altogether a really nice experience and we will definitely... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We celebrated my husbands 40th birthday at Orwells with a group of 20 friends and enjoyed magnificent food and service. Drinks in the garden gave us chance to mingle before heading into "the room" to eat. Food was delicious, our party included various different dietary requirements, all of whom were well catered for with interesting dishes. Service was attentive. All... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I don't know why we haven't been here sooner, it's literally a 10 minute drive away and it's so worth a visit. We went for lunch at 1230 on a Saturday and were the first people in the restaurant. Despite that, the service wasn't too obtrusive at all. There is a Lunch menu which seems really reasonably priced for the... More

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