Orwells

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804 reviews
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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 approach and modern cooking has won Orwells in 2016, 4AA Rosettes, Restaurant of The Year and a cooking score of 7/10 as well as featuring in the Waitrose Good Food Guide top 50 restaurants.
Orwells caters for everyone, offering an extenuative choice from the a la carte menu, a Taste of Orwells Menu as well as our Lunch Menu, running from Wednesday to Saturday & evening dinner menu.
On Sundays Orwells is very popular for families and couples who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good food, Summertime in the Garden overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside.

We look forward to seeing you very soon
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu which was sublime. A number of lovely surprises and a fantastic wine flight. As always the entire team at the Restaurant look after their customers to great effect. The cooking was, as usual, top class and we had yet another lovely evening.

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JaneC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food - high quality and very attentive service but it does feel very overpriced

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Chilternboy
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh food, prepared with passion, served with panache, and eaten with delight. A perfect birthday treat for my wife.

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JOHNC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb meal and extremely attentive service - very nice way to celebrate a major event such as a birthday!

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LingW
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was recommended by a friend but was warned it is very expensive. Not too bothered if the food is good. Yes the foods was very nicely presented. Unfortunately l eat very little salt these days so l found my main course and the side vegetables was a bit too salty for me but my daughters enjoyed it. £4 for a normal glass of lemonade to me is very expensive! I certainly will revisit on very special occasions.

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GaryH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place really is a hidden gem. Off the beaten track and full of charm, taste and creativity - it’s hard not to love it !!!

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LisaJ
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was amazing from start to finish, a very warm welcome and the food was outstanding. A fantastic evening, thank you very much.

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SarahW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was seasoned to perfection, the staff were superb. Overall an exceptional experience.

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SheilaE
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and unusual menu. Extras such as amuse bouche and wonderful petit fours. Attentive and very helpful service. An excellent Sunday lunch. We'll definitely go back.

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Gerben
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in great environment. Orwells never fails to impress.

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vipJosie
Oxford
20 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time round and everything still as amazing as the first. Gorgeous delicious food, great wine and fantastic service. We will local to Orwell’s and would happily visit regularly.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautifully cooked fresh food- great hospitality and friendly staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with beautiful flavours

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KarenO
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Myself and my husband have been going to Orwells for many years. It used to be one of my favourite restaurants. But last few times it’s been very hit and miss. Arnaud who is in charge of front of house is wonderful and asset to this restaurant. Food has gone down hill a little for me

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MSLJ
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Valentine’s Night Tasting Menu. The food was outstanding with every single course being a delight.

The chef and his team created masterpieces of taste that simply set our taste buds alight. We’ve never tasted such good food before. In short it was the best food we have ever eaten.

How this restaurant does not have a Michelin star is beyond us. It’s in a completely different league from certain restaurants in Bray who have such an accrediation.

The staff are very welcoming and attentive.

We would whole heartedly recommend this establishment.

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Blackpudding
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening at Orwells with the vegan tasting menu that was really well put together and delicious with loads of interesting plates.

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TonyS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with friendly welcoming service. Really enjoyed the Lunch

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Clareh
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely night at Orwell’s, the food and drink was amazing and the service was second to none.

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OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very good indeed. All of our dishes were absolutely first class. The bread was amazing. Wines were spot on.
There is a small however. It is very pricey. So definitely a special occasion visit. We wanted to have a nice meal with friends. We had a fabulous meal with friends. The food was stunning.

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BenedictM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally imaginative food, supreme presentation and an intimate ambiance.

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cs94njw
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming, personal, restaurant near Henley. My date was immediately impressed by the authentic look and feel of the restaurant. We went for the full tasting menu, and it was fantastic! It did take 4 hrs 😀 The customer service was personal and perfect - making us both feel looked after.
At the end, one of the head chefs talked to us - and remembered it was my date's first time having a tasting menu. Lovely touch!
I want to take all my friends there!

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TracyUK
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly welcome, delicious food. Very well presented and lovely mixture of flavours. Pre ordered as party of 6 and they took care of who’d ordered what. Took a little longer than expected before the first course arrived, but did enjoy an amuse bouche in that time. As chatting with friends the pace worked well for us. Highly recommended. Been very good on each visit and will return.

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GavinM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been several times before, we knew the experience would be excellent. However, the food and service on this visit was outstanding - better than a number of meals we have had over the years at Michelin Star restaurants in London, the UK and overseas. Probably the best dinner we have ever had. Welcoming, relaxing and just a joy. We are fortunate to have a restaurant such as this close to where we live in South Oxfordshire. Gavin & Nathalie McClure

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AngelaP
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I and three friends throughly enjoyed our first, but hopefully not last, visit to Orwells. We chose from the set lunch menu which had relatively few dishes from which to select but this did not spoil our enjoyment of the food in any way. It was a multi sensory delight for us all. Our plates resembled an artist’s canvas.

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ColinC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had A fabulous wedding anniversary. The food was wonderful, the service exceptional and the relaxed atmosphere just perfect. What a lovely way to while away a few hours. Many thanks
Colin

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RobertR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect environment and fantastic food . We go every year for our anniversary.

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KenD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had Sunday lunch at Orwells 15th September and there is a warm welcome from the Maitre d' as soon as you walk in. The lighting and decor makes it a really nice environment too.
We only had main courses as the popcorn, bread, and smoked ploughmans pot that is included was enough!
The main course was a little slow arriving but this may be because we didn't have starters and everything is cooked fresh. The food itself was superb. I had the pork loin Sunday roast and my wife had the goose accompanied by a very nice Californian Cabernet.
All in all a very good experience I would highly recommend.

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FrancesB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan and Liam catered for our wedding 11 years ago so what better way to celebrate than to eat their phenomenal food once more. The food is incredible. Yes they are not an inexpensive eatery however their food is unbelievable and the service impeccable. Every time we visit we come away feeling wowed, full and extremely satisfied. This time we went for the full tasting menu and my husband had the wine flight (I don't really drink). The pairing between the wine and the food was spot on and the information was really interesting and not at all intrusive. I couldn't give you a favourite dish because they were all unique and very tasty. The presentation is also gorgeous. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. I LOVE it here

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Matron
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great welcome, great service, great food. Will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at Orwell's. We had three course lunch menu but the a la carte menu also looked amazing. Cod starter was delicately flavoured, wood pigeon had a wonderful smokey flavour. The mains were again truely special, monkfish, lamb and venison. Expertly cooked and packed full of flavour. Arnaud runs an amazing charming, fun, friendly and knowledgeable front of house. Will be visiting again, one of the best restaurants you will ever visit!

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sazza
London
26 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impromptu booking... from beginning to end .. fantastic... service to food to atmosphere.... quant and cute... will
Go again for sure

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Cookie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great birthday celebration helped by friendly efficient service and fabulous food and drinks.

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RachelH
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tasting Menu was absolutely fantastic, beautiful attention to detail and every course was delicious. Excellent customer service and made our anniversary celebration extra special.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit and it won't be our last. Exceptional food, well presented, great service, highly recommended.

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RogerP
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As good as any one star Michelin I've frequented.
My table was poorly lit, but that's my beef with most restaurants.
A place for special occasions.
Unusual choice of background music.
Definitely better than McDonalds.

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LouiseS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and excellent service for Sunday lunch. The menu had interesting choices, with something for all the party, from wood pigeon to fish. The amuse bouche was tasty and the popcorn a nice touch! The chef was able to accommodate our dietary requirements, which was much appreciated.

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AandJ
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant with friendly service.
Food choices were a little limited so we both had sea bass that was excellently cooked and presented,

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JONATHANC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless from start to finish. Great welcome, food and service were excellent even though it was the first service for one of the watrons you would never have known. Finished off with a round of expresso martinis. Good value and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. We were the last to leave!

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nicholasm
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good food and good staff. We had the full taster menu which was well prepared and presented. A couple of the dishes were a little on the cold side but overall really good.

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FlorenceM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Sunday roast was the best I have ever eaten

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Orwells offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 940 3673.

Orwells is rated 4.9 stars by 804 OpenTable diners.

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