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Orwells at Shiplake

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Binfield Heath | Shiplake Row, Binfield Heath,, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Leafy Hertfordshire
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A restaurant that ticks all the boxes. The service is delightful. The ambiance is warm, and welcoming. And the food if FANTASTIC. (The wines are pretty good, too.) Better still, there are different menus at different price points. The set menu is absurdly good value for money. What makes Orwells stand out is the way they can take any ingredient... More 

Thank Italomaniac
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The surroundings were lovely, as most places set in Oxfordshire, views over farm lands for miles clean fresh rooms and welcoming. The actual restaurant is homely, fun and eclectic (I love the art work) yet doesn't warn you of the treats in store. We sat at the table with the window into the kitchen, deliberately. We watched all the food... More 

Thank ShiplakeJojo
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I cannot thank the staff at this restaurant enough - they dealt with a tricky situation with professionalism, courtesy and above all with care. 4 of us were starting off our son's 40th celebrations with a meal in his favourite place - new for us so all excited and dressed up and looking forward to an amazing evening. Unfortunately my... More 

Thank Rowy123456
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

To celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary we decided to spend the evening in the company of the team at Orwells - turned out to be the best decision of the year. Right from the get-go we were impressed by the friendliness of everyone from bar to waiting staff. We succumbed ourselves to the 12 course inc wine and spent an... More 

A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed every single course! Each one blew us away. The most clever cooking I've ever eaten, the freshest, tastiest ingredients, lovingly prepared. The entire staff at this place rock! Waiters and waitresses were friendly and well informed on the food and wine (also delicious!) we will definitely be coming back and can't wait... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
East Midlands
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a family party of 6 having the Taster Menu which If I remember rightly consisted of 12 courses. We had the 'kitchen table' and watching the chefs at work was amazing. The menu was amazing, all courses were memorable. I can still remember tang of the sorrell sorbet which was served with one of the courses. Be prepared... More 

Thank quickpacker
Henley-on-thames, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch with friends at Orwells this afternoon. It was our first time there and we were very impressed with the quality of the food and the first class service. We ate from the lunch menu which had a good, though limited choice. The food was beautifully presented and tasted absolutely scrumptious. Portions were fairly small and there was... More 

Thank David M
Reading, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good seasonal menu. Food well presented and served. Staff attentive without being overwhelming. Pleasant ambiance. Will definitely return.

Thank Michael D
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Belated review, however my friend and I visited Orwells in September and it was the best vegan food we have ever had. I rang ahead the day before to give them notice and we were offered a full vegan menu, made just for us! The food was amazing and the waiter had even highlighted the vegan wines for us. If... More 

Thank PazParry
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Orwells with my family many times since it opened and have always loved it! Today I took a friend for lunch and she thought it was the best service she had experienced for a long time.... high praise - she goes regularly to upmarket restaurants! The food was all immaculately and artfully presented and, of course,... More 

Thank Carol E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $95
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Binfield Heath | Shiplake Row, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?