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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
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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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unusual and tasty food and friendly service too. Would be rated 'good' but the space lacks atmosphere and style.

Thank richard M
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a truly memorable lunch at Orwell's. It was a relatively spur of the moment booking to cheer up my dining companion, and it certainly produced the desired result. There is a very well priced lunch menu, but we decided to mix and match a bit, just because some of the dishes on the à la carte menu were... More 

Thank maggiavelli
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I discovered this restaurant earlier this year and can only say it is going from strength to strength. Which is awful for us as we want to keep this place to ourselves. When you arrive you are greeted by staff and offered drinks in a modest fireside or bar side seat and can choose from delicious cocktails,... More 

Thank HungryGP
Oxford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Orwells with friends for Dinner. Loved the atmosphere and warm ambience of the restaurant, as well as the food and dining experience. Extensive Gin menu got us off to a great start, we choose from the main menu and where not dissappointed. Every dish had a surprise element with fantastic ingredients and flavour combinations. The menu, including... More 

Thank James G
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really don't write a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor - I've done maybe 6 in 10 years, but Orwells is well worth sitting down for half an hour to talk about........bear with me. I stumbled upon Orwells completely by chance back in 2011 and booked it to fill a midweek evening. On arrival it was raining heavily. To our... More 

1 Thank Knight666
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Orwells twice now, after hearing from people that it is well worth the trip. We were initially hesitant as the menu didn't give much away. After visiting, now twice, once for dinner, and for lunch, we will go back frequently. The service is highly professional, but friendly and welcoming. They talk you through the large gin... More 

1 Thank andsophie
Woodley, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great night. We started with the crab and I have often wondered when chefs say you can taste the sea just what they mean.. well know I now. This dish tasted of the sea, it was just great. This was followed by the Beef and Charcoal which was divine. The Scallops were cooked to perfection and tasted so... More 

1 Thank Brianheliman M
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

Faultless from start to finish, we had our work Christmas party at Orwells on Friday 9th December, nothing was too much trouble for the staff, who were attentive but not over bearing, the food was amazing, the little extras, FANTASTIC!! Ryan, Liam and their team are great, I would recommend it to anyone, and have done so to lots of... More 

Thank clare s
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We booked here for a 'birthday ' celebration meal because of the accolades in 2017 Good Food guide. It is hidden away but we were given a warm welcome. There was only one set menu - that of a 12 course tasting menu or the option of a la carte. As not all members of our party of four could... More 

Thank abbottus
Leafy Hertfordshire
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

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 

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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
$24 - $91
European, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?