Orwells

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765 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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n
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

FM
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

F
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the 5 course taster menu with the wine accompaniment on a Saturday night. 3 normal, 1 no red meat (no big deal). Everything was superb. Honestly couldn’t find fault with any of the dishes or wines. Highly recommend a Orwells though it is expensive - so a real treat. Will be back but going to need to wait another year to afford another taster menu. The three course midweek dinner looks great value.

J
Oxford
18 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly tasty food with interesting flavours. I couldn’t fault the service and the wines on the prestige pairing where excellent, we plan to visit again!

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, this was my second visit and I will definitely be back

MS
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. Ate from the set menu. What a discovery. Exceptional food and service in a nice environment. Can't recommend highly enough.

MT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orwells is fantastic. The welcome, service and quality of food is top notch. More than just a meal, it's an experience!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish. We had the five course

RS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and dining experience as always. Our guests were also impressed and want to return sometime for a special occasion

j
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Saturday lunch in the Orwells. The quality and style of the food was fantastic. The complimentary bread and hand churned butter was very well received:-) We were thinking of a 3 course sample menu but we were so full after 2 courses! Highly recommended!

S
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! We love going to Orwells as you’re always made welcome, are looked after very well and experience innovative and creative food.

b
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to go to this restaurant twice, just to make sure it really was as good as you thought the first time round. Everything about this place, from the service, the amazing bread and hand churned butter and every course was fabulous. The desserts really were as delicious as they were spectacular. The chef, Ryan, was extremely friendly and took his time to tell me how he got such great results with his bread, down to which flour he used. I will definitely be going back. It was my first visit but definitely not my last. Many thanks for such a great experience all round. Belinda

GH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning cooking and a wonderful setting and vibe. The whole team at Orwell's ooze passion and commitment and it shows in the really amazing and innovative dishes which they roll out. I cannot recommend this place highly enough !!!!

DB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and brilliant friendly service, we dont get to go as often as we would like but when we do its always guaranteed a lovely few hours of indulgence

RH
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was recommended to us by friends and we were not disappointed. Excellent choice for our anniversary celebration.

b
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This would have been a first class meal but service was very slow. We were booked for 7.30 and by 10.30 we were only half way through the tasting menu. We were the last to leave the restaurant. We don’t know why this happened but we were looking at our watches and wondering if we would be out by midnight.

As you would expect, the courses were exquisite and I particularly enjoyed the desserts. Rhubarb and meringue is a great combination.

I would highly recommend this restaurant but hopefully service could be a bit quicker!

C
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was great, really well received and served. The food was just amazing! Have been a few times and will certainly go back again.

AC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely setting. Service fantastic.
We have been a few times and certainly intend to be back soon.

T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible as always, thanks so much to whole team! Can’t wait to come back again soon!

G
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu, beautiful use of the best seasonal ingredients.

DC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming, attentive & professional staff. Lovely surroundings and most importantly fabulous food. We have been a few times now for special occasions. I would highly recommend Orwells.

DZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary at Orwells. It was amazing. Everything was just perfect. The drinks, the service and above all, the food. Just amazing. I’ll definitely go back soon!

ND
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding dining experience at Orwell's. Great food and excellent service. If you haven't eaten at Orwell's yet I strongly recommend that you do.

SS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very skilful cooking of meat. The charred vegetables were heavenly. The food was of an excellent quality and the friendly and efficient service made us feel welcome. Prices were suitable for a special occasion rather than every day eating.

GA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time here with my eldest son and it was as good as my last trip. I doubt you can better the food or experience the fact they grow lots of the veg and have there own bee hive its a place with its feet and soul in all the right ethical places with style

JD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Orwell’s to celebrate my husband’s birthday and were extremely impressed with the food, service, ambience and attitude towards our 7 month old Grandson (who was provided with a high chair while he had his own lunch.) The restaurant was pleasantly quiet and we felt very comfortable from start to finish. Our daughter- in -law commented that the lamb was the best she had ever tasted (high praise indeed!) We all enjoyed our food and drinks immensely and would definitely return and recommend this wonderful restaurant to others.

L
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect except the gravy was a little salty and a bit odd to charge for extra gravy

RG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the tasting menu to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary with some beautiful wine. It was a lovely meal - the potatoes and tomato were delicious. Really high standard, lovely wine waiter who's love for his job was obvious and great ambiance. Will definitely go again and try out the a la carte menu

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic night, with great food and wonderful hosts. Highly recommend xx

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this meal was good. Delicious chilled drinks and amuses bouches. Super food. Great service. The setting, with countryside all around, is really beautiful and the restaurant itself has a really nice atmosphere. Expensive, but a real treat.

LB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dining experience at Orwell’s. The food was excellent, in fact the best lamb I have ever had in any restaurant and it was clear that the food was prepared and cooked “with love”. The ambience was very pleasant and the service provided by the host, Arnaud and his team was outstanding. An experience not to be missed.

I
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Orwell’s, really enjoyed it. Cannot fault anything and suggest you give it a try.

GA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I have been to for some years beat many Michelin star places into a cocked hat
Great to sit in a perfect cottage garden and look over fields of poopy seed heads a delight
Food Outstanding
Great background music
FAB wines
Went for the 5 course taster with wine all great would go again in a trice
Try it

L
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great quality food, service is impeccable. Haven’t been for a while simply due to schedules but will definitely go more frequently. Had drinks in the garden before dinner and then had lovely dinner, relaxed but great service. On the expensive side but it’s worth it. Highly recommend.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Back again soon.

PT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Would recommend it but with a caveat that it is very expensive. Took my husband there for his birthday. Food was good but both of us felt that the vegetables were outstanding and the fish and meat were mediocre. Could have got an equally good meal elsewhere for 1/2 the price. The total bill was £158 and with a tip £173. Nice experience but wouldn’t go back.

IA
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is exceptional food so close to Reading; how lucky are we? I cannot wait to go back to Orwells if only to eat the Wiltshire Chicken.

KP
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little restaurant with amazing food, friendly and excellent service and relaxed atmosphere.

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just brilliant tasting food and excellent service. Felt very special.

SW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I booked this restaurant for a special evening meal to celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary, as it had been recommended by a friend. Everything was perfect , even down to the personalised chocolate message on a slate.