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Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
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11:30 am - 3:30 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Visitor rating
  • 174
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently great

We have eaten here several times and last Saturday we took some friends who had not been before. Once again we enjoyed cleverly prepared excellent food in this lovely restaurant. Our friends were equally impressed. Not only is the food really, really good but all the staff are brilliant and help... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Moirad
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Berkshire
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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261 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Berkshire
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We have eaten here several times and last Saturday we took some friends who had not been before. Once again we enjoyed cleverly prepared excellent food in this lovely restaurant. Our friends were equally impressed. Not only is the food really, really good but all the staff are brilliant and help to make this restaurant the best in the Henley... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

amazing food, was impressed to find people coming from far and wide to enjoy the food. Excellent food, good service. Not cheap but well worth a treat now and then

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon Orwell's after getting lost on a walk but it was well worth getting lost. It has been a very long time since we ate so well at lunchtime. The food was delicious, beautifully served by a friendly waitress and reasonably priced for such quality. We loved the home-made flavoured breads. The whole meal was a treat.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Invited for lunch by a couple living in the area. Food was excellent and service impeccable Had lunch in this gastro-pub, set in the rural area of Henley-on-Thames. Their set menu was excellent value for the quality and presentation of the dishes, and wine list affordable. Highly recommended if you like to discover good food in the countryside.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had the tasting menu accompanied by the wine flight. Every course and accompanying wine was carefully introduced and explained by the waiters. The food was consistently good and often surprising - including a pork cheek served with brown sauce ice-cream.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The other five-dot reviews say it all. The food, the creative menu, the service, the wine list ... All are excellent by any standard, and exceptionally unexpected in such a lovely countryside setting. But all of that refinement is dented rather strikingly by the awful art on the walls. I can only imagine that the Lemongrove gallery -- whose labels... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a fantastic overall experience. The ambience was great,the food fantastic and the service staff the most attentive I have ever met.

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Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

When we ate at Orwells over a year ago I wasn't bowled over, but our more recent visit was excellent and I can see why it has been so well reviewed. The set three course lunch menu was very good value at £18.50, I started with the celeriac soup which was perfect and my husband had a very attractive dish... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A quite wonderful meal - the tasting menu was the perfect representation of Orwells' diverse & modern cooking style, and the flight of wines very well matched. From the amazing amuse bouche right through to the sensational pudding, each dish brought a sense of awe and wonder. Affordability and excellent service were the icing and candles on an already very... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Fabulous evening spent at Orwells! The service was attentive from start to finish without being pretentious or intrusive. The staff were friendly and given that we had an awkward table, one wheat free, one no fish and a birthday, nothing was too much trouble! I've eaten in Michelin and this taster menu was certainly the standard I've experienced there but... 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 30 - 112
  • Cuisine: European, British

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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