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L'Ortolan

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Church Lane | Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY, England
+44 118 988 8500
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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked our second visit to L'Ortilan for a friend's 35th birthday (we had gone there for mine a year or-so before) and we decided to push the boat out and sample the delights of the chef’s table. The chef’s table experience starts with the chauffeur-driven S-Class that picked us all up from home – a lovely, and slightly decadent... More 

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Berkshire, UK
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing place, the food is delicious, service is impeccable, decor fabulous, attention to detail in every aspect is fantastic. Not just a meal out but an all encompassing experience. Not for every day but for those special occasions in life, treat someone to it soon!!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited and was treated very curteously by waiting staff. I was very disappointed by the main course due to over seasoning. The gravy, mash and puree were extremely salty for all of us and it marred our culinary experience. The ambience was lovely but I wouldn't visit again because I expect excellent cooking for the price. Shame.

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Pangbourne, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were treated to a meal here by our son and what a fantastic treat it was. Beautiful building we had drinks in the conservatory and sampled the amuse bouche, a prelude to some outstanding food served by attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Jane R
Reading, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited L'Ortolan as a milestone birthday present for me. We were welcomed on arrival and chose to have our prelunch drinks in the conservatory. Our glasses of champagne came with a selection of amuse bouche which were delicious. The menu had a good selection of dishes. About fifteen minutes after we had given our order, we were shown to... More 

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Thank DJF710
Finchampstead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've dined at L'Ortolan several times and it never fails to please. The staff are always very friendly and welcoming and are very knowledgeable about the menu and happy to answer any questions. They can also always be relied upon to suggest a range of drinks to compliment the food. The food is of a very high standard, as you'd... More 

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went for our anniversary dinner and had the 10 course surprise menu (vegetarian for my wife, meaty for me). The meal was fantastic and matched by the service. Brilliant evening.

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Farnborough, UK
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to celebrate my daughter's engagement in the star restaurant in the area. Neither her nor her fiancé had eaten in a restaurant of this standard, so we were hoping for the wow effect. Both adored the experience. The food was excellent, the service was friendly and organised. The complimentary English champagne and iced slate were nice touches and... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place certainly captures your heart and your treated like royalty when you drive into the grounds. Even more so when your shown to the waiting hall but the host. Food is out of this world and the recommendations on wine and courses are second to none. While the prices are higher than most it's certainly worth every penny as... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From our arrival to our departure at L'Ortolan, our dining experience was superb! This is a lovely restaurant with an elegant ambiance and discrete and efficient staff. Starting with mouth watering canapés with our pre-lunch drinks, to the petit fours with our tea and coffee, our lunch was expertly prepared by Tom Clark and his team, and served by our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$37 - $139
Cuisine
French, European, British, Soups, Gluten Free
Meals
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
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
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?