Origins at The White Lion

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Tapas / Small Plates
Origins aspires to create beautiful, healthy food in small dishes inspired by cuisine from around the world, freshly made in our own kitchens for our discerning diners. With carefully select wines and stunning cocktails to accompany our meals or at our vibrant bar, we bring an echo of London's finest restaurants and bars into the heart of Buckinghamshire.
What 164 People Are Saying
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RB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food in a lovely atmosphere and the service was great!

AO
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It's a while since we have been to Origins but we were delighted that it has maintained it's standards. We were made very welcome and the food was excellent. It was a wet Sunday afternoon and the place was quiet but the overall ambience was excellent. Thanks to all the staff.

S
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue, service and the vegetarian tapas selection was great.

Recommend a visit!

JL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked window table for treat for my other half as a special date , bit disappointed when we didn't get that table and was sat touching chairs with a big noisy birthday party .. having said that moved our table for us in the end and the food & service was actually amazing !! TAPAS are sooo tasty and plenty of food , defo go again x

U
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable evening with great service and delicious food!

AL
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Booked table for evening but only told after ordering that we had to vacant the table within 2 hours of booking time due to the table being reserved by someone else afterwards. This should have been said at time of booking. Bottles beer only.

EC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply brilliant, as always. Love this place. Good size portions which can be a problem with tapas restaurants sometimes. Can’t recommend highly enough.

LM
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 2

Went on a Monday lunchtime, one other table so not much atmosphere. Chose sharing fish platter, £30 not enough for two, over priced

BF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. We were transferred to a more suitable table once it became available. Food arrived quickly and the dishes are varied and easily accommodated my vegan diet. Tip: ask for your dishes to be staggered, otherwise you may complete your meal very quickly. Slow down to enjoy each dish. Our experience was only slightly marred by a very enthusiastic and noisy table next to us. The noise levels were very high!

AB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and found it nice and open and bright. The food and service were fantastic and good value. We will return. Thank you

CT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good variety of dishes well cooked and presented to a very high standard by helpful and attentive staff

GP
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal on Saturday evening at Origins. We noticed that others seemed to be receiving their food ahead of us (a particular bug bear of mine) and that it was taking a little too long to be served. However, we received a fulsome apology and an explanation with which I was happy.

When the food arrived, it proved very well worth the wait, we both enjoyed every dish and they were all very well presented. We didn't really leave enough room for dessert but decided to share the Lemon and Mango Tart - had we know how good it was going to be, despite being full, we would have had one each, it was absolutely lovely.

All in all, after a slightly shaky start, we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal accompanied by a nice Riesling.

Lots of smiley, hard-working staff added to the experience.

It's not cheap for Tapas but I did think it represented pretty good value.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ten out of ten

AB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely service and great wine list. Definitely be back.

E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We made a reservation and on arrival were given a very small table right by the door. When we asked to be moved to one of the empty tables, we were told that they were for people with reservations. I couldn't follow the logic that, despite having a reservation, we didn't count. Perhaps they were operating the 'beautiful people' policy of only putting certain people by the windows.

AF
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, food amazing as always, fab service, highly recommend.

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

A lovely relaxed place with lovely food. Most enjoyable with great cocktails.

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

Always enjoy your food however the crostini aubergine dip was far too salty as were the chips with the fish coujons. It was my birthday and I had hoped for a spoil of some sort which never happened.

ES
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I thought the staff and service was outstanding. However the food was a mixed bag with some of the dishes a bit too salty or lacking punch. However the drinks choice was excellent. Dining area felt a little sterile and the table was too small for this type of dining.

PC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal and a very varied menu when the tastes of one’s guest are unknown.

PC
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had lunch at Origins three times now. The food and service are always amazing. Fantastic tapas.

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

A great unique way of dining. Spanish style Tapas and many with a 'twist'. Food really is amazing, chicken bites, and black pudding, and Potatas Bravas are definitely worth a try. Can assure you there will be nothing left ... and then there is the dessert menu. All scrumptiously mouth watering, especially the panacotta. Staff are all very helpful and polite. All in all great ingredients for a great memorable night out!

LM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would I recommend Origins to a friend? I keep taking people there, so I guess that's a yes.

WP
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James and his team had put together an exciting tasting menu supper with South American overtones.

The food was memorable and the wines were chosen with care to reflect a balanced choice on both type and price.

The ability to purchase wine by the glass also gave us the ability to choose different wines for each course.

I walked home carefully.

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

The food continues to be exceptional in every way. There is also a strong selection of wines and cocktails. Great service and friendly staff drive a phenomenal experience.

WP
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food .Great service unobtrusive but attentive.

JB
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent tapas ranging from Spanish classics to Asian fusion. All delicious and beautifully presented

g
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food, good for a business lunch as very quiet. Service very good but piped jazz music awful.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good service and delicious food.
I recommend this restaurant if you like Tapas style food. Portions are generous and the food is beautifully presented.

MB
Lincolnshire
15 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and we loved this place. Food was superb - very good size portions for tapas plates. Our waitress was lovely - friendly and chatty, but super efficient too. We have already booked to return!

SB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.
Not what is call a traditional tapas but food is excellent 😁

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We returned to the White Lion after a few years and found that the food is still excellent, we booked a table as we were concerned we would not get in but we did not need to bother, it is obviously not as popular anymore due to the poor service from the girls working there and the music which was too loud and not suited to the clientele in the restaurant, obviously the music was just for the staff.
On a positive side the food was excellent and very good value, we will probably return again some time just for the food.

EG
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, good venue. Always enjoyable.

MJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great to have a shared platter with friends and a good bottle of wine … a very enjoyable evening!

F
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been to Origins for a while but it has retained a lively atmosphere at the bar and is still serving up delicious tapas plates. Excellent wine, cocktail and spirits selection. Best value was the sharing dessert plate- wonderful selection of full size puds. Lovely staff- that bar tender kept the bar area spotless. Well done all.

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This place is a little gem, great food always hits the spot, lovely friendly service would definitely recommend this place.

OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere staff very attentive nothing too much trouble very good menu lots for vegetarians very nasty meat dishes too

LB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the food here. Tasty tapas, beautifully presented. The cocktails are good too!

VC
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely pleasant and tasty Lunch. Absolutely loved it and will go back

DM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We requested a specific table at time of booking and got the one we wanted, staff were attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wine. We went for a range of tapas which were great. The duck cannelloni with leek and potato fondue was the only disappointing dish as the flavours and textures did not seem to sit well together. Went for the taster of desserts which were good except the sticky ginger toffee pudding which was missing something, but not sure what. Wine a Chilean Merdoc was lovely.

We had a great time, great food with two exceptions, and great wine. Would recommend and will be back ourselves.

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