Orwells

4.9
966 reviews
£26 to £40
British
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 966 People Are Saying
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Theeyres
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food on the tasting menu but pricey. Atmosphere a touch quiet earlier in the evening

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SusanT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish it was a fantastic experience. The food was amazing so many different flavours on the plate. The staff are friendly, polite and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday lunch. Well done go all involved

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GillL
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this restaurant online and decided to book for our 42nd Wedding Anniversary as we wanted something special and it certainly didn’t disappoint . Everything was exceptional it wasn’t cheap but worth every penny. We would certainly go back . If you are looking for something more fine dining this is the place.

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BigRu
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As fabulous as the last time. Superb cooking. The Maitre D brings it all together brilliantly. Glorious sunny day and the garden was the perfect spot….we’ll be back

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Julia
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with amazing food. Will definitely come back to celebrate special occasions.

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SheridanJ
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening. Food was exceptional and the service equal to it. Only our second visit to Orwells and we were a bit nervous that it wouldn't live up to the first visit but it did and then some.
Only very small grumble would be the conversion of the old bar space to more dining tables. Whilst i completely understand the need for additional space as it's so popular the space feels a bit disjointed from the rest of the restaurant and it doesn't have the same atmosphere. A wall obscures the the main restaurant and to get the attention of staff you need to get up. However that said they did come in very regularly so wasn't a huge problem. Certainly won't deter us from visiting again.
Thanks to the whole team for a great night.

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Adamb
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Orwells.
We had the half menu.
All the dishes were superb, each having a different flavour profile and taking us in different directions.
Smoky ploughman's, peppery seabass, curry crab, meaty deer and the most insanely fabulous crumble dessert.
Would definitely recommend and will be going back for the full 10 courses.
How this restaurant does not have at least two Michelin stars is beyond belief.

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Fraser
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and lovely staff. Great place for a family celebration

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DavidS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We opted for the full tasting menu, which was excellent as was the service.

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HolyportGirl
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed, enjoyable lunch, with superb service and exquisite dishes. Will definitely return!

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StephenR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The tasting menu was absolutely outstanding, I think the drink list possibly needs the same fastidious attention to detail to match the food, otherwise a brilliant experience.

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JohnnyCosta
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely astonishing from beginning till the end!
Can not wait to get back

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time visitors. Had the tasting menu. 12 exquisitely put together dishes. Service was exceptional, non rushed. It’s a quiet restaurant but tbh we quite like that as well. Will definitely be returning.

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TerryS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu is a joy. You can see the work that must go into preparing and presenting each course. 1 or 2 minor quibbles with courses that didn't quite meet the exceptional quality overall.
From the moment you reach the restaurant to the time you leave, you are very well taken care of by the front of house staff. The right mix of attending to your needs (and low-key up-selling) and leaving you to enjoy your meal. The atmosphere is informal but also very professional.
Thoroughly recommend going for the full tasting menu for the lunch time service. Allows you to enjoy every course and then relax for the rest of the day.

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AndrewK
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great combination of dishes in the tasting menu.

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Pogo
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fully recommend the Taster Menu. A real amazing food experience. Everything at Orwells is spot on - food, atmosphere, service, ambience et al. Probably the best meal we have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever Orwell’s delivers on all aspects! Delicious and innovative food combined with excellent service and ambiance. Been coming for years and every meal is perfect. On this occasion we had the tasting menu and wine flight - highly recommended.

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SiobhNG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took us 4.5hrs to complete the tasting menu and accompanying wines- absolutely stunning

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AllanW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly service ,very good food and some interesting wines to choose from their list.

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DeividasA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

really great food, served by friendly staff in a lovely countryside setting

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JacquelineA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to be dining at Orwell’s again. Relaxing evening with excellent food

Liked the new look

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MattT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous fine dining experience in a lovely setting. The service is friendly, relaxed and paced to perfection allowing for full enjoyment of the superb food and wines. Orwells is highly recommended!

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Adrian
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Staff friendly and they enjoy what they do! They smile which is unusual in restaurants today! The food is yes, expensive, but it is absolutely outstanding and in such a relaxing, friendly atmosphere, worth it. Will definitely be revisiting……probably a few times!
If you don’t mind spending a few quid, you won’t regret it.

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sarahe
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, particularly my huge scallop starter and the plough man’s canapé. Chefs Ryan & Liam couldnt make it anymore welcoming. Desserts were intricate, finely balanced and original. We had the honey dessert and rhubarb and ginger one … off the scale.

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WelshInvasion
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody hell it's nice!
Absolutely worth the price.
Excellent fayre, perfect service.

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Vonny
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love visiting Orwell's and we have never had a bad experience. Lunch on Sunday was no exception! We had the 6 course tasting menu which was delicious!
As always the service was outstanding.
Already looking forward to our next meal there.

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vipAnnetteC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous sensory journey of delightful presentation equalled with taste. Beautifully put together, So good we immediately booked a return visit.

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Karina
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was full with a lovely friendly, relaxed and cozy atmosphere without it being noisy. The staff was very professional and attentive. They knew exactly when to bring your next dish, when to refill a glass and how much to talk to you without interrupting at any time. The food and wine were out of this world! Every dish looked beautiful with all ingredients complimenting each other. An incredible experience where time flew by. We still can not decide which dish was our favourite!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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Gina
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent tasting menu, everything was fresh and delicious. Cute garden, unfortunately due to the weather we were not able to sit outside

Couple of downsides: windows in the main area cannot be opened (lack of ventilation is not very helpful during covid times), no baby changing facilities, no WiFi for customers but you are now expected to access the menu via QR code.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I've ever been to. We started our meal with a glass of champagne in the beautiful garden overlooking fields. We went for the tasting menu, all the courses were delicious and it was beautifully paced, we didn't feel rushed at all and had lots of time to savour the food. The service was very friendly.

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DavidB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb. The best lunch I've had for a very long time. Just the place for a special occasion.

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LaurenM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an excellent dining experience- thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Arnau is a perfect host!! Thank you for helping us create a wonderful memory

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Jessy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience, completely delicious food and excellent service

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claire
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous top notch delicious food incredible flavour beautifully presented and friendly efficient service
relaxed atmosphere but all of the highest standard
thanks for great eve xx

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steve1055
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like your food, this is the place to go, yes not cheap but the taster menu is something else

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RichardO
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Orwell's is always a real treat. The food is of the highest standard & the service second to none. We're already planning when our next visit will be!

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AbbieB
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at one of the best restaurants in Berkshire

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Cstar
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely place to go for a really top quality meal. Fantastic food, friendly attentive service and a relaxed atmosphere. A hidden gem. It's far from cheap, but worth it for the quality of the whole experience. Will absolutely be back for a special occasion in the future.

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Orwells is rated 4.9 stars by 966 OpenTable diners.

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