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Fine Dining at L'Ortolan

4.5
4.5
1999 Reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary French
L'Ortolan is a fine dining restaurant with private dining rooms located in the picturesque village of Shinfield, Berkshire. L'Ortolan offers a relaxed and informal fine dining experience. L'Ortolan has won numerous awards including a Michelin Star, 3 AA rosettes & a place in the Sunday Times Top 20 restaurants in the UK in 2016. Head Chef James Greatorex's inspired menus include A la Carte (individually priced dishes), Menu Dejeuner (£49) and 8 Course Tasting Menu Gourmand (£95). Our Sommeliers are on hand to suggest the perfect wine or flight of wines to accompany your meal. L'Ortolan also has three private dining rooms.

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  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–13:00 Dinner Tue–Fri 18:30–20:00 Sat 17:30–21:00
  • Phone number
    0118 988 8500
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    James Greatorex
  • Catering
  • Private party facilities
    For those extra special occasions, you can enjoy James Greatorex's innovative cuisine in the exclusivity of your own private dining room – all with no room hire charge.
  • Private party contact
    Daisy Screen: 0118 976 8802
  • Area
    Shinfield
  • Parking Details
    We have a private car park located within the restaurant grounds We also offer disabled parking immediately in front of the restaurant.
  • Public Transit
    TRAIN :Reading is easily accessible from London, just half an hour by train. L'Ortolan is a 10 minute taxi ride from Reading station.BUS:Routes 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.HELICOPTER Nearest Helipad is Blackbush Airport 9.7 miles away.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Berkshire

    Good for business meals

  • Berkshire

    Good for business meals

  • Berkshire

    Innovative

  • Berkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Berkshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Berkshire

    Romantic

  • Berkshire

    Good for special occasions

1,999 Reviews
  1. Karl

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely date night dinner with my wife. The ambiance was very peaceful, the bar is a great spot for a drink before being seated. Our waiter, Khaled was so good. Friendly, knowledgeable. Attentive. The taster menu was beautifully presented, fresh flavors and a nice balance. My favorite was a selection of carrots which was so much better than my description did justice too. I don’t eat gluten and my choices were seamless and really good. Give it a try sometime!!

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  2. IanH

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, excellent service . Only slightly spoilt by the tables being a little close together

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful restaurant! Been many times and always enjoyed it thoroughly. Great food, great service, always made to feel welcome.

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  4. PaulW

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    we had the 8 course tasting menu and fine wine flight. Both were amazing, the wine was excellent and the Somelier was an absolute star. The only thing that let is down was the overall ambience. The main bar is beautiful but there aren't many seats to we were put in the annex which is an overly bright rather naff UPVC consevatory. The rest of the restaurant doesn't really have much atmosphere and needs a complete decorative re-fresh.

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  5. ROGER

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very good lunch. Excellent food, imaginative, beautifully presented.

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  6. DianeO

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food at Llortalan is outstanding! very expensive but extremely good... Unfortunately they no longer do 3 courses at the great value of £39 so it six courses or more... so we won't be able to afford to go as often as we did but as a rare treat its great.

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  7. GeoffB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very attentive staff. Made to feel very welcome. Food excellent and interesting on the taste menu. Great as a special treat.

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  8. Harms

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is great, staff very attentive and well informed. My only concern was that we felt the food service was rushed. As soon as the sourdough bread was placed, our first course arrived, post amuse bouche. We held into the pre dessert only to manage the speed at which the dishes were served. At this price point, you want to enjoy the evening at a leisurely pace.

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  9. Alexanderd

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. The staff all had in depth knowledge of every dish and looked after us very well from the moment we stepped in the door. The 8 course menu was beautifully balanced, designed, and presented (and delicious!). They also had a good range of non-alcohol options that were again well crafted and delicious.

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  10. NealeB

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lortolan is a favourite of ours. The team did an amazing job. The food was sublime and the service was outstanding.

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  11. susannah

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful lunch. Beautifully presented and served. Much better without the business people constantly on phones and laptops which was the experience last time. Sadly boiler broken. It was cold so spoilt the perfect ambiance.

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  12. PamP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a fabulous time having lunch with friends. Delicious, interesting food, clever wine pairings, attentive, friendly, leisurely service.

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  13. StewartR

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and overall experience at L’Ortolan. Keeps me coming back. Wonderful.

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  14. kevine

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    They honoured our slighly expired voucher (one month out), which was very good of them. The staff are lovely, the drinks were very nice, and the wine was mostly fantastic. Unfortunately, it was the first day there were open after christmas, and several things were no where near what they should have been. We had a six course taster with flights of premium wine. My wife sent her main back course back as it was so salty. I was mortified that she would send back a michellin starred dish, but I and the staff agreed that it was very salty. I really did not expect this to occur in such an establishment as this price point. The other massive issue was the temperature. Because no-one had checked the heating over the festive period, and it had broken, the place was freezing. I dont mean a bit cold, it was about 4 degrees. We were sat next to one of the outside walls, and it was like a negative radiator sucking the heat out of the place. We had dressed up for the occasion, so weren't wearing woolly jumpers or anything, It was absolutely brassic in there. ok, not their fault you would think, but if you are paying over £300 for lunch, you expect it to be amazing - if you are trying to be amazing, you need to prepare better , like a few days before, and make sure everything works. So, to be honest, it was a massive disappointment - for over £300 I expected it to be perfect, and it was far from it - I cant see us going back again.

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  15. AnthonyP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and service. We were really well looked after by Khaled. The only negative is point is that the restaurant was quite cold owing to a problem with the heating.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Festive menu main course (five bird roast) very disappointing. Service average at best and on occasion arrogant. Have been to this restaurant two times before, so know how good it can be. When you pay these prices, you should rightfully expect high standards. A disappointing visit, and I hope a one off.

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  17. AlejandroC

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not what used to be on food quality or wine service

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  18. RobertS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent lunch at L’Ortolan, from the cocktails in the bar before to the coffee and chocolates after, the experience was everything we’d hoped for. We had the five course festive menu which was the perfect meal for this time of year, lovely seasonal ingredients with just the right amount of festive flavours. The service was formal but welcoming, and we had just the right length of time between courses. Overall we were looking for a really special meal for my wife’s birthday, and were not disappointed!

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  19. TonyM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had the two for one three course lunch menu that was delicious with the wine pairing which was also on point.

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  20. Helenw

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent 8 course Christmas menu with the addition of our favourite course - caviar with white chocolate dome. Lunch or dinner, the standard of the food and service is the same - consistently high.

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  21. theresak

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to l'ortolan my husband and i for a birthday treat for myself the food was lovely the main meal could have been hotter that's the only small negative i will say the staff were very attentive and friendly and the 2-4-1 deal made it affordable hoping that they will send more offers in the new year.

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  22. RosieM

    Surrey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for the festive set menu. Incredibly disappointed with the food - the best bit was the bread and butter. We opted for the wine pairing which was not timed with our food. Very disappointed and a waste of a lot of money…

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  23. DawnC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recently visited for my husbands birthday . We both chose the 8 course tasting menu .The food was not only delicious it was very creative . A very imaginative take on a number of festive favourites like mince pie , Christmas bauble and Christmas pudding to name just a few. The staff were excellent , very informative and helpful. Especially Khaled . This was an amazing experience and we will definitely be returning

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  24. Ddee

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, with some deliciously surprising flavours, especially in a festive menu, with excellent wine pairing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is in a beautiful grade 2 listed building for amazing private dinning. You will be welcomed by the staff and the food is really delicious.

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  26. LANE

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The L'Ortolan chef and his team are producing some of the finest tasting and well presented food, easily comparable to the best of the high end competition. The food is exceptional. We chose the 6 course option and every dish was superb. However, this was fine dining and the dishes are noticeably small, the small main had to be identified to us. Large plates emphasise the small portions. Drinks options at L'Ortolan are also exceptional and understandably, there is a noticeable push to raise interest in them. Overall, despite the quality, and if you're not careful, the result is a significant bill for small meal. The restaurant had a significant number of vacant tables. Bigger dishes and keener prices could increase covers and subsequent income.

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  27. Fran

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and friendly attentive service. The vegetarian tasting menu was delicious.

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  28. LauraB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been here a few times and the food never disappoints. The service with this last visit was the best. We went on a Thursday and really enjoyed ourselves, I suppose it was quieter than previous visits and had plenty of helpful chats with the staff.

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  29. PJW123

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely place to eat with professional and charming staff. The food was imaginative and delicious.

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  30. GrahamM

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited for first time in approx ten years. Greeting, service, food and staff 5 star. Will be back.

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  31. MusicJo

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    First time we have visited L'Ortolan - even though we live up the road! What a beautiful building - but sadly looking a little tired and in need of some love. We expected a bit more of a 'WOW' factor inside. To be honest the dining room looked no different to our local Indian restaurant. It was also chilly/draughty. The food was delicious and loved the introduction to each course by Khalid our waiter (who looked after us extremely well). The home made bread and butter and Petit Fours were fabulous. Sadly the abiding memory is the price of a pot of boiling water with some mint leaves in it. £7. I would normally drink hot water but was persuaded to have some mint leaves (from the garden) in it. £7 I repeat. Really surprised by that. Would I have been charged that if I had just had my hot water? Shame.

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  32. VivienneR

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, wine and service from staff was impeccable.

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  33. AnnL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This visit was the best food and service I have experienced there

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  34. ElaineH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A warm welcome, great service and fantastic food, as we have come to expect from l'Ortolan. The lunch menu was one of the best we have had here. We always end up spending more than we expect to, but it's worth it for a special occasion. Can highly recommend.

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  35. OpheliaF

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favourite place to eat for a special occasion. Every time we go it is more wonderful than the last time. My husband and I had the six course tasting menu and each course was a masterpiece. It is classic French food with a modern flair and a whiff of foraging seasonal items. The staff are very, very friendly, helpful and thoughtful and extremely welcoming and we always feel very much 'at home when we go there'. It is as good or better than any other Michelin star restaurant within reach and its prices are comparatively modest compared to the others. It is also wonderful for events because depending on your numbers; there are various rooms you can have and you only pay for your food and drinks. For a big birthday two years ago we enjoyed our aperitifs in the beautiful garden which adjoins the glass room where we ate.

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  36. SurreyFoodie

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We chose the 8 course tasting menu and yet again, we were not disappointed. We could not fault one of the courses or even the coffee, cocktails or wine. It's expensive, as most fine dining is expensive, and we tend to visit a couple of times per year and so far have had no reason to regret it. All tables in the restaurant were full despite the appalling weather on the evening we visited.

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  37. Peter

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another lovely anniversary celebration. Great attention to detail, the food as always was great as was the attentive and friendly service team. Thank you.

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  38. SteveMcg

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic tasting menu in a lovely location with very friendly and knowledgeable staff helping you get the most out of the experience.

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  39. EJF7

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious lunch. 4 course tasting menu full of flavour and flare. The service was impeccable. Will be returning!

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  40. Jagdom

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had the 6 course tasting menu and the wine pairing for a special Ruby wedding anniversary celebration. 3 of the courses were below par, being the cod, the duck and the tiny ice cream. The wine pairing was good but we felt rushed to finish the meal and ended up calling our taxi an hour earlier than we had planned. We have visited a number of times but this was our least memorable. What should have been a special occasion didn’t feel special at all - very disappointed.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required

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Fine Dining at L'Ortolan is rated 4.5 stars by 1999 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 7 times today
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Church Lane, Shinfield, Berkshire RG2 9BY

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Shinfield
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–13:00 Dinner Tue–Fri 18:30–20:00 Sat 17:30–21:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    We have a private car park located within the restaurant grounds We also offer disabled parking immediately in front of the restaurant.
  • Public Transit
    TRAIN :Reading is easily accessible from London, just half an hour by train. L'Ortolan is a 10 minute taxi ride from Reading station.BUS:Routes 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.HELICOPTER Nearest Helipad is Blackbush Airport 9.7 miles away.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    James Greatorex
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0118 988 8500
  • Catering
  • Private party facilities
    For those extra special occasions, you can enjoy James Greatorex's innovative cuisine in the exclusivity of your own private dining room – all with no room hire charge.
  • Private party contact
    Daisy Screen: 0118 976 8802
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