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Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“langoustine” (7 reviews)
“lamb” (29 reviews)
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Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are vegetarian foodies (i.e. love good food and don't eat meat or fish). We grow a lot of our own vegetables so were interested in their commitment to serve their own produce. We called in advance to check if they would be able to...More

Thank Chloe095
orwrest, General Manager at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Chloe905 Thank you for your recent review in regards to your dining experience. At Orwells we pride ourselves on Fresh Quality Ingredients every time. As you where aware, we do grow 75% of our own vegetables and we treat our veggies like we treat...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a birthday treat and it did not disappoint. Knowledgable staff , very good G&T and wine. We had the taster menu which was superb, though we were full at the end. The meal lasted 3 hours but was well paced. Every member of...More

Thank frankie390
orwrest, General Manager at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear frankie390 Great to hear that your birthday celebrations went down a storm and everything lived up to your expectations. Looking forward to welcoming you back to Orwells Restaurant.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very warm welcome with a drink by the log burning stove while we looked at the menu. Food was exquisite as was the service with particular attention to detail ending with a package to take home which contained the delicious orange chocolate aero which we...More

Thank Laurie T
orwrest, General Manager at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Laurie T Happy to hear your New Year’s Day celebrations started your year off with a wonderful experience. Hope you enjoyed the chocolate orange when you got home with a good cup of tea. Look forward to seeing you back in the near future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding tasting menu. Friendly and informative service. Inventive dishes. Duck hearts on crumpet, prawns and mushroom, scallops, and sorrell sorbet all absolutely delicious. Perhaps the bacon butty bun could have been a bit smaller and less salty to not overpower the contents. But I'm really...More

Thank JoelBrandonBravo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another really super meal here. Welcoming staff, absolutely delicious food - every morsel was packed with flavour. Excellent wines too. Ryan and Liam really do deserve a Michelin star.

Thank Jinny232
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have just returned from the restaurant having enjoyed the Christmas lunch. Simply exceptional food and service. Thank you.

Thank HIMM0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is where we come for special treats. Absolutely delicious food and friendly hosts. If I were Mr Michelin I would have given them a star ages ago.

Thank SJLouise50
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Orwell’s continues to evolve and improve. It is a safe bet for a special night out and they never disappoint. The ingredients are always top notch and the cooking excellent. Orwell’s is a very cosy restaurant and due to restaurant being divided in to smaller...More

Thank Gbconkal
Reviewed 21 November 2017

The setting is a traditional English village pub, but there the similarity ends. It is cosy & comfortable with a warm, professional & attentive staff - they even offered our taxi driver a drink as our tasting menu took rather longer than expected. Allow at...More

Thank Jacntone
Reviewed 20 November 2017

I was aware of this restaurant some time ago but whenever I needed to make a restaurant booking I got side tracked and booked other options. In some cases I definitely made the wrong choice as I feel we would have been back on several...More

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Response from Oxon-Diner | Property representative |
There is indeed a disabled access WC at Orwells. Please do let us know whenever making a reservation if you require the use of it. I do hope this helps.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 28 - US$ 103
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Henley-on-Thames  >  Shiplake
  • Phone Number: +44 118 940 3673
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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 aproach and modern cooking has won Orwells "Reader's Restaurant of the Year" in the 2012 Good Food Guide, not even one year after opening, and also the Pride of Reading award. 2015 Edition of Waitrose Good Food Guide we feature in the top 100 restaurants. Orwells caters for everyone, offering an extensive choice from the A La carte menu, £15.00 2 Course lunch, 2 Course £19.95 Dinner and Taste of Orwells menu. On Sundays Orwells is very popular for families and couples who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good food, in Summertime in the Garden overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside. We look forward to seeing you very soon
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