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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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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions
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
Amazing food!

Great welcoming service and very tasty immaculately presented food. Chocolate pudding was out of this world. A great start to date night with the hubby.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great welcoming service and very tasty immaculately presented food. Chocolate pudding was out of this world. A great start to date night with the hubby.

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orwrest, Manager at Orwells at Shiplake, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your recent review. Looking forward to welcoming you both back for the next Date Night. More 

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another late review of mine.....we visited in December having been to Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse twice and Le Manoir twice so we were a bit fine dined out. I didn't know much about Orwells, but had heard good things and knew it was a fine dining restaurant. Suffice to say I was not really excited about eating really rich... More 

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Thank TenOutofTenUK
Watford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Taken their to Saturday lunch by some friends. sadly they failed at the first hurdle as they had no London Pride, Doombar or even their locally brewed Breakstons was not available. They were totally disinterested and tried to make me feel as though I were too blame. Sadly that cast a negative shadow over a perfectly good meal in excellent... More 

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Thank Barrie5
Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My father's 80th birthday was an unforgettable occasion- from the private dining for 10 in the lovely conservatory -to the window into the kitchen (a fantastic insight if you have a passion for preparation and want to see the creation of your food and witness the unmistakeable pride these chefs put into every plate) all helped make this, a genuine... More 

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orwrest, Manager at Orwells at Shiplake, responded to this review

Dear Jane_L121 Thank you so much for this review, all the staff are all overwhelmed by your kind words. We are absolutely honoured that we could be part of Mr Lawson’s big day. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Orwells. More 

Reading, UK
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are unlikely to get fired through in half an hour, unless you want to. Its a great restaurant, never hurried and why would you? Had the tasting menu with flight of wines and it was proper nice. Some unusual combinations, some well executed chefery in the offing. We will be going back and the proof of our pudding was... More 

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orwrest, Manager at Orwells at Shiplake, responded to this review

Dear iwishi Thank you for you recent review on Orwells. We are glad that the tasting menu went down a treat with you both and the matching wines where a hit. I do hope the unusual combinations of foods and flavours left an impression that evening. Thanks again and look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have never been disappointed with the excellent choice of food here the service is outstanding and the staff are lovely my only complaint is that if I leave it too late I can't get booked in for Sunday lunch because they are always full my fault clearly this speaks volumes about the restaurant I urge you to go you won't... More 

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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I personally opened with a lager but my 3 companions all went for Orwells own version of the Kir Royal which were served with a smile and real a real welcome - then on to a superb meal - Orwells is at the top of its game again! Great service with comfortable seating.

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Beaconsfield
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We have used this pub as a destination venue over the last couple of years. The food and service are always both excellent and I would highly recommend.

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant 18 months ago, and whilst we didn't have a bad experience it was just ok. Well, what a difference 18 months makes. We had such a great night at this intimate venue. The hospitality was exceptional and the food was amazing. We've eaten in quite a few Michelin stared restaurants and the food here was... More 

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Thank Harry C
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We had been wondering if we were going to make this event at all due to Flu, but I am glad to say that we did indeed make our reservation for the 2nd sitting of Xmas Lunch at 3.30. And what a fabulous experience it was too, from the fabulous goose main course to the cream of pheasent foam and... 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 29 - 108
  • 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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