Orwells

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743 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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DZ
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Back again soon.

PT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

DA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly outstanding restaurant. The food was exceptionally good and service was excellent. I have eaten in many places that were few times more expensive and haven't they haven't even come close to Orwells. Highly recommended!

JT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and fantastic service as usual will be back again very soon. Worth a trip during the Summer for a cocktail or two before dinner in the lovely garden.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch , great service and great food

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Treated well; as special people. French maitre d’ was great, very knowledgeable. Other staff were notably more junior but tried their best and should be applauded for their efforts.

W
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal at Orwell's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The restaurant is in a lovely location, with a beautiful garden, which we were invited to enjoy before our meal. We opted for the full tasting menu, which in the end was 13 courses and we spent a very relaxing 3 hours enjoying the many varied dishes. Whilst not cheap (and we wouldn't expect it to be) each course was excellently prepared and presented, and was a real gastronomical experience. Personal favourites were the fried chicken with caviar, sea bass, guinea hen and Rhubarb and Custard. The staff were all exceptionally friendly and efficient and so we had a memorable evening

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

DR
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and (sparkling) wine very interesting, service a little bit olé olé..

J
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely all round experience as always. Absolutely delicious!!

e
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the food. the pink poppy field next door was an added bonus. i highly recommend this cozy, fairy tale like restaurant.

TM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic building and setting. Incredible front of house service. Food was really very good and could be superb with a couple of tweaks. Would highly recommend.

JN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening
Highly recommend, great staff and lovely food, I had vegetarian taster menu which was superb

RC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great lunch at Orwells, the crab, turbot and dessert were fabulous. A warm welcome from Arnaud always sets the right tone, worth every penny.

Orwells
Responded on 18 June 2019

Dear RachelC Thank you for your warming comments. Its always a pleasure to accommodate you both and thank you for your continued support. We are so glad you found the food "fabulous" and we look forward to seeing you again at Orwells soon. All the best Ryan, Liam and Arnaud

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B
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice place. Nice food. Nice but definitely not exceptional. Over priced and quite trying to hard to be something it’s not.

Orwells
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear Becca, Thank you for the review, and are happy that you felt your Orwells experience was nice, but didn't find it exceptional, however we are aware we cannot meet everyone's expectations. We feel our pricing is fair, especially when we factor in all of the expenses involved along with some of the best produce we can possibly purchase and prepare on a daily basis. We are Orwells trying to be Orwells nothing else! If you want to discuss this matter please call the restaurant. Many Thanks

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fabulous lunch. Beautifully presented and so tasty! Loved it.

Orwells
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear ClaireH, Thank you for your review, we are so happy you enjoyed your lunch with us. Its always nice to receive some feedback. We do try our best to make the food look nice, but most important we are overwhelmed that you found it "so Tasty" We looked forward to welcoming you back soon. Take Care Ryan Simpson

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SE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service, I wish I have not driven home and booked a taxi as I would have liked to have tried their wine selection as well!

Orwells
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear SimonE, Thank you so much for your feedback, hopefully next time you can try our wine selection, its always evolving so you can be sure to find some new discoveries. We look forward to seeing you again soon at Orwells.

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JA
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had a delicious lunch with excellent service. The atmosphere was lacking as there was only one other couple in the restaurant.

I think the supplements are a mistake. It would be better to charge slightly more overall.

Orwells
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear Jan123, Thanks for the feedback and are happy you found the food "delicious" and felt the service was "excellent". Sometimes it's hard to create an atmosphere on a quite lunch, from time to time this is the case. We feel the lunch menu is priced accordingly and the only reason we offer the supplement lunch option is to showcase something we brought that day, that would be otherwise too premium to feature within the lunch pricing. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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KF
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and the restaurant is in a very good location, we were lucky enough to sit in the garden.
We had a wonderful day and one of the chefs was so nice he came out to meet us, very very pleasant!

JH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time at Orwells for lunch as we have had dinner previously. The lunch menu offered really good value and the food was excellent. The presentation and attention to detail are what makes Orwells a great place to dine.

JB
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, delicious food. We had the tasting menu and it was brilliant.

SR
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food in a converted country pub tucked out of the way. Locally sourced high quality ingredients brought together in creative dishes with great service. Highly recommended.

W
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a most enjoyable and relaxed evening with fab food. However some serving staff were very new and we were brought someone else’s food twice!

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