Orwells

4.8
854 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 854 People Are Saying
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V8ajw
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tasting food well presented top fine dining great friendly service

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TomB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic Orwells experience - between lockdowns, sadly. Food excellent as ever, service and attention to detail brilliant. Hope you guys have a great Christmas and we’ll see you when you reopen

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Balloo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I'm afraid 2.5 hrs for 3 (small) courses was below par. 20mins for drink refill.
Not sure if this is normal for them, Waterside, Fatduck, The Beehive, have the ambience to fall back on (if) the service was slow. If your seated at 8, and the waitress has to come round a few minutes before 10 to get desert orders in due to cut off, means pretty much 2 hours for a starter and a main.

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Greatfoodfinders
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding tasting menu, brilliant service, highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning, best in the area by a country mile

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bdug
Buckinghamshire
12 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, fantastic menu with a few adventurous touches. Recommended!

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RichardT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food experience, great ambience and wonderful service.

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Sibbs
London
14 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an incredible meal at Orwells! The tasting menu was superb, highlights included the scallop & crab & wild boar dishes. It will certainly stay on our list, a great overall experience.

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Leigh
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and theatrical food, the tasting menu makes for a very special experience for a celebratory occasion. Very good service too from all too, thank you :)

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DavidC
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always

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LynnF
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming to Orwells for many years and also enjoyed their excellent takeaway fish and chips during lockdown. So lovely to be back in the restaurant which has been beautifully refurbished. Excellent friendly service as always from Arnaud and his team, who were all wearing unobtrusive face guards. The food as usual was delicious and imaginative...cooking of the highest standard. Orwells is a real treat in every way.

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pamr
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely for a special occasion, a bit pricey but oh is it worth it. Service was second to none and the re-decoration is superb. Will definitely visit again.

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Johns
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Revamped dining room relaxing. Superb staff as alway. Arnaud runs a great "front of house". Ryan and Liam work hard for their success. Everything about their food sings! Toffee Apple cheesecake to die for!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service as always

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Karolina
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our time at Orwell's. The service was excellent and the food outstanding as usual. We will be back soon for sure!

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VictoriaC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here a few times and Orwell’s never disappoints. The food and service are outstanding. Would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a culinary treat.

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AndrewK
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the best meal we've had at Orwells - fantastic menu.

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Rachel
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience as always, very accommodating given we could only come for the last hour before lockdown and were waiting to serve us our main course. Thank you Arnaud!

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MikeP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a gift from our kids for our joint 70th birthdays, a nice experience. The staff coped well with COVID restrictions, the chefs prepared some super courses, very inventive and tasty, and the front of house staff were welcoming and helpful.m throughout. So overall it’s was a very enjoyable lunch.

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AnneF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch, delicious roast beef. Very good service, friendly, efficient but not intrusive. Love this restaurant for a special meal. Thank you.

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vipJB1969
London
28 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cooking is obviously very good and the service very pleasant however we left a little disappointed. Our last visit was excellent so there was high expectation. My sea bass starter was slightly over which was probably not helped by being served on a red hot plate. My duck was good and my partner’s croquettes and roast beef also tasty but not as spectacular as hoped.

I was very disappointed not to have been told about the specials of the day which were grouse or partridge, as I would definitely have chosen one of these. That was annoying.

The bread and butter was excellent as was the amuse bouche ploughmans.

Two diners, two course Sunday lunch with three glasses of house wine and a coke £150 including service. Not good value.

We will return for a rematch but not in any hurry.

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BenP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, good value, very comfortable and unpretentious, perfect for a special occasion

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RuthP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A lovely birthday meal. Fantastic food, friendly staff. Arrive by 6.45pm if you want the long tasting menu as we booked for 7pm as per the website but couldn’t have the long menu when we asked at 7.06pm. Still great, inventive flavours on the short menu.

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JohnR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first rate, as always - great to see rthe place open again - looking forward to going back in December

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JohnC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was seasonal, interesting and the cuisine excellent. A very enjoyable experience once again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
16 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday Lunch with family. Food fantastic as always. New decor is lovely. Plenty of space and staff professional and welcoming despite extra layers of protection required.

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BrendanC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and the food was spectacularly tasty. Every dish was a treat. It made for a truly special experience.

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SarahR
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forever our place for special treats! The food as ever was exceptional, as was the service.

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Mary
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very innovative cooking but not fussy and delicious!
Would recommend buying wine by the glass and not the ‘ wine flight’ as it is cheaper

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vipcheerful
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and Service and reasonable value for money

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WendyS
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Outstanding tasting menu, gets better every time we go there.

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vipRobB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Some brilliant dishes and great cooking. Fantastic appetiser called Ploughman’s Lunch. Lovely big scallops. Beautiful fish. Venison slightly over cooked. But a really good restaurant and lovely ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch. Atmosphere was very friendly / comfortable, not formal. Food was excellent, nicely presented. Good wine list. Not sure why there is no Michelin star yet.... Location is great in the country side. Nice walk after lunch.

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DeanneW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without doubt the best restaurant in the Henley area, always fantastic food, great service.
Love the new look
Will be back again soon

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Hkkb
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Amazing food as always but prices are getting very high and service has become very impersonal. There’s no lunch menu anymore which makes it a little expensive to pop in for lunch regularly.

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DavidC
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always

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FrankyG
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu was delicious and fascinating but what made the whole meal particularly superb was matching the food to both wine and unusual non-alcoholic drinks (for the driver). My only issue was I would have loved to stay longer, but Covid prevented us from staying too long. Will definitely return.

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JAMESD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful lunch at Orwells afrer such a long absence. The food and service were as good as ever and the new look of the dining room is a big improvement.

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GeoffP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we turned up to the to the time we left the evening was a most enjoyable experience.
The food was excellent as was the service. Slightly apprehensive about booking a table in these strange times but we needn’t have worried. The tables were well spaced and the refurbishment meant we all felt very secure.
The whole family had a very, very enjoyable evening. Many thanks.

CF
ClareF
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special, memorable and divine meal, beautifully served and presented.

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Orwells is rated 4.8 stars by 854 OpenTable diners.

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