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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“tasting menu” (75 reviews)
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“petit fours” (28 reviews)
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French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pros; - food was of an excellent quality you would expect of Michelin star. —Nice clean presentation. (Subtle flavours , enjoyable) - staff are friendly and good conversationalists - the wife had a good time and enjoyed everything Cons - wine is pricey; £10 for...More

Thank bolderclimber
Reviewed 3 days ago

Have always planned to visit this place ever since one of the chefs appeared in a TV competition..... cannot recall which one. Noticed an offer on the restaurent's web site for a free glass of sparkling wine. This tucked away venue only a stone's throw...More

Thank Victor Y
Reviewed 3 days ago

Superb service, surroundings and,of course, food! The descriptions of each wine by the sommelier were very interesting and the selections complemented each course perfectly

Thank Claire R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came here for a taster menu with my husband, we had a gift voucher given to us so were keen to try it out. Food was beautifully presented, portions were on the small side but after a few courses, it did the job and we...More

Thank SafSafa
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went here for my birthday lunch , the venue is very attractive , the prices are very definitely equal to top London prices , it is very definitely Nouvelle Cuisine, portions tho' extremely tasty where very small ,I feel that if it had been...More

Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I were given a voucher for a three course meal at L’Ortolan and we were very excited to visit a restaurant with such a reputation. The evening was pleasant, the food was very nice although as you find in fine dining restaurants...More

Thank Paul P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My other half and I visited L’Ortolan in May for dinner, our first date night since having a baby- it’s still as fantastic as when we had lunch there last year. We had the tasting menu and it was sublime, the flavours, tastes and the...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter had her wedding at this restaurant followed by a stunning lunch for about 40 people. I cannot praise L'Ortolan sufficiently. Everything was perfect. The staff are friendly and very efficient. The food was absolutely wonderful, so much so that all the guests asked...More

1  Thank michael a
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Real experience with delicious food. I thought the whole service from front of house through to the waiters were excellent. The menu was well priced for the quality of the food and the cheese board was great. This is not an every day restaurant due...More

Thank PCLNadventures
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have had two company Christmas lunches which have both been superb in every sense Be prepared to pay top dollar for the meal but worth every penny

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Gary m
May 30, 2018|
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Response from Peter_Newman2 | Property representative |
The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The office is open on Mondays for bookings etc.
December 2, 2017|
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Response from reelvideoman | Reviewed this property |
I am sure if you prepay the price of the meal with an arrangement to include service or add it later they will accommodate you. Hope the event is a success.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$37 - $139
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
  • Public Transportation: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 988 8500
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A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.
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