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Orwells at Shiplake

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Binfield Heath | Shiplake Row, Binfield Heath,, Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP, England
+44 118 940 3673
11:30 - 15:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 15:30
Wed - Thu 18:30 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 18:30 - 21:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed every single course! Each one blew us away. The most clever cooking I've ever eaten, the freshest, tastiest ingredients, lovingly prepared. The entire staff at this place rock! Waiters and waitresses were friendly and well informed on the food and wine (also delicious!) we will definitely be coming back and can't wait... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
East Midlands
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a family party of 6 having the Taster Menu which If I remember rightly consisted of 12 courses. We had the 'kitchen table' and watching the chefs at work was amazing. The menu was amazing, all courses were memorable. I can still remember tang of the sorrell sorbet which was served with one of the courses. Be prepared... More 

Thank quickpacker
Henley-on-thames, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had lunch with friends at Orwells this afternoon. It was our first time there and we were very impressed with the quality of the food and the first class service. We ate from the lunch menu which had a good, though limited choice. The food was beautifully presented and tasted absolutely scrumptious. Portions were fairly small and there was... More 

Thank David M
Reading, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Good seasonal menu. Food well presented and served. Staff attentive without being overwhelming. Pleasant ambiance. Will definitely return.

Thank Michael D
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Belated review, however my friend and I visited Orwells in September and it was the best vegan food we have ever had. I rang ahead the day before to give them notice and we were offered a full vegan menu, made just for us! The food was amazing and the waiter had even highlighted the vegan wines for us. If... More 

Thank PazParry
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to Orwells with my family many times since it opened and have always loved it! Today I took a friend for lunch and she thought it was the best service she had experienced for a long time.... high praise - she goes regularly to upmarket restaurants! The food was all immaculately and artfully presented and, of course,... More 

Thank Carol E
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten at Orwells many times since it opened and I have already reviewed it twice but I feel compelled to review again given the the amazing lunch I had last week. We dined last week as a party of eight and had the 12 course tasting menu. Ryan is without doubt a superb and innovative chef but he... More 

Thank Moirad
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unpretentious, pleasing to the eye, warm welcome, a log fire and more variations and makes of gin yet to try... Service from two members of staff was prompt, friendly,and willingly given. The starters were unusual, delicious, with excellent bread and home churned butter. The mains were undoubtedly the best in this area and equal to some of London's finest, yet... More 

Thank Frishtre
Reading, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'll be honest. The restaurant delivered much higher than I thought it would. This was our first visit and we chose the tasting menu. Not a weak course anywhere. Really good advice on the wines and friendly, chatty staff. Nice to have time to chat with the chef too. Seriously good food. Looking forward to our next visit already.

Thank MarkBarefoot
Newbury, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We read about this restaurant as it is named in the top 50. Lovely welcome. Had a drink in the cosy bar while we chose our meal. Great selection of gins and wines by the glass. We chose the tasting menu with 12 courses. What a treat. Definitely Michelin one star. Perhaps next year. Each course was intricately designed with... More 

Thank Vivien L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 95
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Binfield Heath | Shiplake Row, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?