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Conservatory - Fine Dining at L'Ortolan, Shinfield, Berkshire

Fine Dining at L'Ortolan

4.6
4.6
2009 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 8 Course Tasting Menu (£105). 6 Course Tasting Menu (£85), Midweek 5 Course Tasting Menu (£55) (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 18:30–20:30
  • 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, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,009 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Berkshire

    Best Food

  • Berkshire

    Best Service

  • Berkshire

    Innovative

  • Berkshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Berkshire

    Good for special occasions

2,025 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food it took 45 minutes for our first course to arrive which was a little too slow but then service was impeccable.

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  2. NickyG

    London

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Sadly the evening didn’t start that well as the table we sat at for drinks wasn’t clean and there were flies buzzing round. One kept going into our drinks. The food was mediocre. One of the courses we had was “snacks”. This were 3 tiny little cones of nuts between 2 people. One of the cones had 3 nuts in so you couldn’t even share equally. Our starter was really not good. The main was better but the fish was accompanied by one very crispy chip that sprung off everywhere when you tried to cut it. The pre dessert was delicious but the peach dessert was quite bland. Petit fours were excellent. The other really irritating thing about the menu is that of the two starter choices one was a supplement and the same for the two dessert choices. Why do that? It meant that our two guests had to check if we minded them choosing the supplement options which just doesn’t create a relaxing environment. The wine pairings were really good and the sommelier was very interesting. We know that L’ortolan has lost its Michelin star and we were hopeful about the food but we were left disappointed. We won’t be returning and our guests feel the same.

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  3. SIMONR

    Dorset

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven’t been to the l’ortolan for a couple of years - booked at the last minute to give it another try after a previous disappointing visit. Pleased to find the food and service much improved and as a result have already booked another visit later this month

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing visit as always. We only go on special occassions but it is worth it. It’s a very special place with excellent service, excellent food and a fantastic environment

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  5. Invisiblewoman

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic food - was a little quiet on the lunchtime we visited and that meant the dinning room lacked the relaxed hum we had found there in the past. Service was excellent and overall a great experience.

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  6. GastroGasDoc

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time here, but it will not be our last. First impressions were positive, with a warm & friendly welcome and we were guided to the bar/conservatory area for pre-dinner drinks. Moving to the restaurant, there was a warm excited buzz about the place, and it was full. We had the ten-course taster menu and it was superb. Each course was obviously crafted with great skill and had its own unique and intense flavours. Service was discreet yet attentive, but never overbearing. The maitre’d was extremely helpful in suggesting wines. Our overall experience was that we had a most excellent meal in beautiful surroundings, and we were attended by extremely polite, friendly and knowledgable staff, who were very attentive but never too much. We will definitely be back for more. Highly recommended.

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  7. NellyDGourmand

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a very generously discounted 7 course meal - two for the price of one. Standards of food and service were not, however compromised. This was a brilliant meal from a new head chef. As a seasoned diner at this excellent establishment I’m delighted to see standards are as high as ever. I wish Jamie and his brigade the best of luck in regaining a much deserved Michelin star. Many thanks to all concerned.

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  8. JackieM

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always another excellent meal , from the chefs nibbles to start to the sweet treats with coffee . Standout dish for me was the tomato starter closely followed by the pre dessert. For my husband it was the guinea fowl. We will be back again.

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  9. Ashers

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service. Lovely food. Nice length of time between courses so lunch was very relaxing. A thoroughly enjoyable time.

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  10. Frank

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was exceptional, however, the portion sizes were ridiculous. The first course was minute and as for the fish and chip course there was "one" chip. The fillet steak main course was roughly 2 inches by 1 inch in size as part of a 3 course menu and did not look like the picture that was advertised on their website ,where the steak was served in slices. I had a 7 course course tasting menu as a fine dining restaurant in Marlow the day after and I also had a fillet steak as a main course, where it was easily 5 times the size of the one at L'Ortolan. We both came away from the restaurant feeling very hungry. We also felt the overall ambiance felt very "stuffy" and was not very relaxing, and one of the course appeared at the table while I was still eating the previous course.

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2 people

21:00


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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 18:30–20:30
  • 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, Vegan, 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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