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Orwells at Shiplake

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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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Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our second visit and once again excellent food, service and surroundings. Will be back again very soon. Love the selections of gins!

Thank John Richard T
Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to Orwells some years ago and my two memories are now disappointed I was with the furnishings and how wonderful the caramel ice cream was. My re-visit was last night and the dining area looked totally different with gorgeous heavy curtains, crisp cotton tablecloths and napkins, and eye catching decorations. Reading through the starter menu I decided I... More 

Thank Julie T
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197 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First timers, we went for lunch and ate in the garden. (Garden borders could do with some TLC...) Chose the set lunch menu, and it was generally very good. Roasted tomato soup was lovely, but the goats curd, in my opinion, was not a good addition. The main course of cod was very nice, beautifully presented but rather salty. My... More 

Thank montySurrey
Marlow, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had taster menu (£70 each for 7 courses) as it covered most of what looked good on the a la carte. As well as the 7 courses there was also an amuse bouche and an additional tasting course - nice unexpected surprise ! In any case, the portions are really decent so you will not go hungry. Each course was... More 

Thank Mark J
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Living locally & driving past Orwells regularly, we decided to go there for Dinner, after reading the Telegraph's recent review, and what a treat it was! We have not eaten such exquisite food for a very long time, if ever. We were booked in for 7.30pm and it was suggested we arrived around 7pm, so we would have time for... More 

1 Thank Caroline M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch for my wife and me on Wednesday, 13th July, 2016, was a wholly pleasing experience. Ambience, food, wine, and service were all of the highest standard. There was both character and comfort about the lunching experience, and there is a chef here who has a fine touch with flavours and how they might be combined and also with presentation.... More 

Thank Anthony D
Woodley, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the lunch menu this time and what a treat. Crispy venison cake - boy what flavour. The lamb was tender and perfectly cooked with a selection of coloured cauliflower to enhance the presentation. The roasted artichoke was tender and tasted great. Unbelievably no room for a pudding. With a great new selection of wines ( try the Clos Beru)... More 

Thank Brianheliman M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

My cousin lives nearby in Henley so this was a natural choice for a get together with spouses though it was a first for my wife and me. I find it difficult to start. There really was absolutely nothing to fault. The welcome was warm, the service just right. The food was outstanding and the wine list good. Advice on... More 

Thank rhyshedges
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Fabulous Sunday lunch at Orwells! I love this place, the staff are so friendly and welcoming, the food is magnificent and it makes for a lovely meal out. It's a leisurely occasion giving you the chance to enjoy your meal and catch up with friends. The team at Orwells are very accommodating and want to make sure your meal is... More 

Thank Pilchjnr
Reading, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

My wife and I visited Orwell's recently for our 3rd wedding anniversary, and we both left having thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The service was really attentive from the second we walked though the door. The two waiters that served us that evening were both very personable and both had a great understanding of the menu, the methods the chef's use... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$26 - $98
European, British, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine
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, 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?