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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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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 9
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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
Excellent lunch menu

Stumbled on Orwells while on a drive through the country last Saturday and had a very enjoyable lunch sat in their garden. The a la carte menu pricing is quite punchy (certainly outside London) but shows ambitions to be serving very high level food. We took the incredibly well priced lunch menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Stumbled on Orwells while on a drive through the country last Saturday and had a very enjoyable lunch sat in their garden. The a la carte menu pricing is quite punchy (certainly outside London) but shows ambitions to be serving very high level food. We took the incredibly well priced lunch menu and were really impressed. Good quality ingredients carefully... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My 1st time at Orwells and wow! It was certainly an experience to remember, from the beautiful garden and surroundings, to the attentive staff, great menu choices, pleasant conversation with Kurt who was able to recommend dishes and gave us a brief history of the restaurant. I had a fish called a "John Dory" and it was exquisite. I will... More 

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Wokingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We have been to Orwells three or four times and it has firmly established itself as our favourite restaurant in the area. The food is absolutely top notch (but great value) but the atmosphere is still very relaxed. The menu is always full of fascinating dishes with great flavour combinations cooked to perfection and the service is always very friendly... More 

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Woodley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Orwell’s never disappoints and when you think it can not get any better - well it does! Dinner was the best ever. Starting with the Mushroom veloute with pickle, amuse bouche, flavour flowed. Starters of Pork cheek were mouth watering and the seared Tuna was fantastic. John Dorry was succulent and very tasty. The rib eye steak was cooked just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We visited Orwells at the end of May for our anniversary meal and we can thank Liam, Ryan, Kurt & Ryans family enough!! The most delicious, well cooked & beautifully presented food we've had in a while. The service is fantastic and they know exactly how to look after you. We went for the taster menu and wine flight which... More 

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Hook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Another first rate lunch at Orwells. Great range of wines by the glass too. Perfect service, if a little slow, but it was a busy Sunday. Friendly, professional staff. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The food was great, as was the (very reasonably priced) Malbec wine. Obvious attention to detail with all the food preparation, and outstanding service - attentive, extremely friendly, but at no times overbearing. Definitely recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A really fantastic Sunday lunch. The staff were attentive, it felt that little bit special, but at £35 for three courses was very good value for the quality and standard of food we experienced. Would strongly recommend if you're heading to Henly then it's worth a visit.

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Another outstanding meal at Orwells! The quality of the food, the pleasant surroundings and the friendly and professional service are hard to beat. Also impressive is their willingness to come up with fresh ideas, not just for menus and ingredients ( new range of gins, for example, Orwells honey ...) but to engage with the local community. A real gem.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

i don't review that often and I? don't hand out 5 stars but Orwells simply put is excellent. The attention to detail from the rooms details, the food, the wine selection and the service are all top notch i cannot rate the experience highly enough if you want to get a glimpse of top cuisine go and try the set... More 

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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 - 116
  • 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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