Orwells

4.9
932 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
What 932 People Are Saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamanthaJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit will definitely be back. Staff and food exceptional !

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AS1234
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garden was beautiful with a nice view, the service was second to none, each course on the tasting menu was absolutely faultless, possibly the most delicious meal I have ever had. I would absolutely recommend to anybody and we will definitely be going back.

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Simmer
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautifully prepared and presented,first class service, wonderful attention to detail. Subtle and original flavour combinations. Magnificent desserts so don't skip your pudding. We had lunch on a beautiful sunny day seated in the hsade in the charming garden with an excellent outlook. All very relaxing and enjoyablewith charmingly attentive but unobtrusive service.
The wine list might benefit from some more economical choices for those with a limited budget but given the quality of the cuisine the dining is very good value.

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Chas
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fortunate to have a special meal al fresco overlooking a beautiful garden and being accompanied by Ms Truff. The tasting menu was varied, well prepared and presented. My favorite was the Confit Yolk and the hungarian dessert wine.
The staff were very friendly which adds to the overall dining experience

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Glutenfreegourmet
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made to feel very special from the moment we arrived and all throughout the the evening. We sat in the shade in the pretty garden for drinks before, and after, our Half Tasting menu.
The food was stunning, so innovative, lots of exciting tastes and textures, and some surprises. The sommelier/maître d's suggested wines went beautifully with the food.
The service was exemplary. All the staff were so helpful, showed good knowledge about what they were serving us, and were very keen to listen to diners opinions about the food. It was a great experience and we’re already looking forward to going back when the weather is a little cooler.

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juliec
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning food - setting is superb

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AlexK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Orwell's with my family for a special occasion and my word, did this place deliver. We were sat at the end of the garden on a beautiful sunny day but not even the incredible ambience could prepare us for the culinary masterclass the Simpson-Trotman boys had in store for us. The food sounded good on the menu, so our hopes were high. But every course we ordered over-delivered on presentation and flavour making every single bite a memorable experience. The service was impeccable and they made it very clear that no ask was too much. Our trip was capped off with us bumping into Liam on the way out who was a true gent and clearly extremely passionate about what he does. Well worth the drive from hertfordshire for a meal i'll likely be boring my friends about for years to come.

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JB48
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and service, on a perfect day in a perfect ambience. Thank you.

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SilviaR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Divine Meal in the tranquil garden, under the trees, feeling like it might be somewhere in France. We’ve had a stunning vegetarian meal - every dish was a culinary experience with local produce, very Instagram worthy presentations and high taste notes. Also fabulous Prosecco alternatives to make sure you don’t miss out on the refreshing fizz.

The restaurant set the bar high for COVID safety. You could only book tables in advance - after that it appeared as closed. All staff wear face shields. All menus are printed out on a fresh page and stuck into your personalised envelope. You can also download a digital version of the menu on your phone.

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katrinab
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, lovely setting and great staff! Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Orwell’s delivers on exceptional service and food! We had the tasting menu which was innovative and delicious and we agreed it was the best tasting menu we have had anywhere. We have been coming to Orwell’s since it opened and it remains our favourite restaurant.

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KaleighM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service the whole evening. Did the full tasting menu and did think it was incredibly expensive for a restaurant outside of London, but thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our time there.

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Rozmar
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent venue for a good meal with extremely helpful and pleasant staff. Food served was very good although sauces were over-reduced and tended to be rather salty. Good range of dishes on the menu with many of the vegetables grown in the garden of the property. Fair selection of wines.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. Will definitely be coming back.

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TrevorH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service in lovely surroundings.

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EmmaT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful garden for a pre dinner drink, fantastic food and spot on service.

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KateC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal with , as always , exemplary service from Arnaud and his team.
A real delight .
Thank you

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Friends
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lunch in the garden with discreet but attentive service - fantastic food and good wines would recommend this to anyone wanting a really special lunch

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StephenP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu yet again. One of our favourite local restaurants.

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HappyD
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were celebrating her 70th Birthday. I hoped that Orwells would be as good as I hoped and I was not disappointed. We had a wonderful lunch, the service was exceptional, as was the food. I cannot wait to visit again.

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StephanieV
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just that date we needed. Great restaurant. Good was outstanding. The staff are friendly and efficient. Definitely be back for the tasting menu.

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ZackandSally
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Orwells for our first wedding anniversary. As we had a COVID wedding snd we weren't able to have a honeymoon last year, we really manged to treat ourselves for our anniversary! we went for the full tasting menu and the wine flight. it was such a wonderfully special experience! the food was exquisite and it was wondeful to be able to have the wine pairings to get to try wines we would never have the chance to have. Our servers were very knowledgable and friendly. To top it off we got to meet Truffle the Beagle!! Highly recommend

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StephenB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was really delicious and packed with flavour. The staff were attentive without being overbearing. The entire party had a really enjoyable time. Highly recommended.

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Angie
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, relaxed service and fine dining without pretension. We all really enjoyed being there and feeling chilled out.

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PhilipB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food. Excellent wine but quite expensive. Service excellent but not so fast but then we didn't have a train to catch. Have been before and will go back like a shot.

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StephenM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Orwells - it certainly won't be our last!

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garlicman
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I eaten here quite a few times and it is always very good. The stars of the show on Thursday were the excellent lamb and the rhubarb desert. Lovely garden too.

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vippaulm
Berkshire
46 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had not been for a long time but the food was delicious and a great eating experience highly recommended.

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ChrisW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fantastic service.
Felt very relaxed and staff were excellent. The menu was focused to a selection of delightful options.

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DuncanM
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food - really memorable. Delicious and interesting wines, and friendly, helpful service.

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VikkiB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Orwells and yet again we were blown away by the quality and taste of the food.

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vipLauraH
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food , wonderful staff and a beautiful garden

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InesG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Food excellent and service superb. Very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere.

We will be back again for sure.

JS
JamesS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orwells is an outstanding venue. The kitchen is outstanding, service is relaxed and attentive and the location is hard to beat.

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DiscerningEater
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome at Orwell’s is warm, understated but genuine. Their attention to detail, high quality service, food which is incredible produced by Ryan and Liam (surprised their is no Michelin recognition (yet), all brought together by Arno, who runs the whole show with seaming elegance. Highly recommend.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu and friendly service in a beutiful location. Highly recommended.

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Hans
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to be back and food and wine was excellent. We ate some of our favourites. Thank you.

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IanT
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exemplary. Service attentive to the right level. Wine very good. Looking to come back for another lunch and/or a dinner and/or come back with a group and try the tasting menu. Lovely touches like the local blacksmith made knifes. Nice gardens. Would have liked a better panorama in the conversatory to the gardens and countryside. Or good weather and sit in the garden !

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Wilf
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, fresh ingredients, beautifully presented with first class friendly service.

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EABlair
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime tasting menu. My favourite? The crab. No the lobster. Or was it the A5 Wagyu. Or the duck. Every course was amazing. Expensive, but well worth the treat every so often. Combined with the excellent service and friendly staff, can't recommend it highly enough.

FAQs

Orwells is rated 4.9 stars by 932 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.