Orwells

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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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KO
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

MS
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

B
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with friendly welcoming service. Really enjoyed the Lunch

C
1 review
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.

OT
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.

BM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally imaginative food, supreme presentation and an intimate ambiance.

c
London
9 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!

TU
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.

GM
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

AP
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.

CC
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

RR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KD
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.

FB
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

M
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Berkshire
4 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!

s
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

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

RH
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.

CW
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.

RP
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.

LS
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.

AJ
London
17 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,

JO
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!

n
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.

FM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

F
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
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
20 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
5 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
Miami
2 reviews
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.