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“A Taste to remember”
Review of Orwells

Orwells
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Shiplake
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 28 - US$ 105
Cuisines: European, British
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Located in Binfield Heath, near Henley on Thames, Orwells' Kitchen is headed up by Ryan and Liam Simpson-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. Our Rural Cooking with a Modern Approach has established Orwells as a 4AA Rosette Restaurant, number 31 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018 and Editors Restauarnt of the Year 2017. Orwells caters for everyone, offering an extensive choice from the A La carte menu, Lunch, Dinner menu and the 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
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Once again Liam and Ryan excelled in the food they provided. The tasting menu was great. The Chicken and Mylor prawn cocktail was delicious as was the Beef-Charcoal-Caviar. Delicate ans very tasty. The Jacket potato was a great delight and you felt that it matched expectation. The Duck Crumpet was a winner - so tasty.The Langoustine was good and the Angus Beef was fantastic. The deserts were brilliant.
Thanks again to the chef team for making our visit a success and to Arnaud and Hanna for the warm and welcoming front of house.

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Thank Brianheliman M
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orwrest, Owner at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Dear Brianheliman M

Really happy to hear you enjoyed your recent Orwells Experience. The team would like to thank you for your kind words and hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

My daughter and her husband took my grandaughter + friend and myself for for lunch.
We started by having aperitif's in the lounge area and then sat in the dining area to eat.
The front of house staff ( there were only 2) were pleasant and efficient.
I chose the seafood pasta parcel to start, followed by the pork and then the baked alaska.
The food was perfect and I could not fault it at all.
For the wines to accompany the lunch my son in law selected the Evolution white and red from the USA. Both wines were good and reasonably priced.

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Thank michaelallaston
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orwrest, Owner at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Dear michaelallaston

Thanks for the recent review. Glad to hear that the belated Christmas treat unwrapped into a wonderful Orwells lunch for you all.

We hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

My husband booked this restaurant because we live locally and I saw the chefs on Saturday Kitchen. We are both foodies and travel all over the world and eat in too restaurants with our work. The food was faultless however the tables and the cutlery and the wall paintings were no match for the cuisine; they let the beautiful food down. Overall the atmosphere was good but it didn’t seem very sophisticated or thought through.

Thank Jim D
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orwrest, Owner at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Dear Jim D

Thank you for the recent review, glad to hear you enjoyed the food. Sorry to hear that you felt the aesthetics let the food down and the atmosphere was not sophisticated enough. We have created a restaurant that allows all of our guest to feel relaxed and where they can feel like part of the Orwells family.

We hope to see you again at Orwells.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We booked a table here after seeing the restaurant mentioned in the Top 50 UK Restaurants in the Good Food Guide. I couldn’t believe we hadn’t heard of this place as we’ve lived in the area for 8 years but what an incredible restaurant in every way!
It’s set in an idyllic location in an 18th century pub building with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff couldn’t have been better - from accommodating our food requests (my wife is 8 months pregnant) to being genuinely interested in how we found each course.
We opted for the Tasting Menu and if you have a few hours to spend in this delightful place, I cannot recommend it more highly. The food is the star of the show and we loved each and every course. The menu is seasonal and interesting with bags of personality but more importantly it felt genuine, not over-the-top or snobbish in any way whatsoever!
We loved the Scallop & Pork Cheek; Beef, Roscoff and Carrots; Rhubarb and Custard. But the final course was an amazing surprise hidden by the name “Mint Choc Chip”.
A wonderful experience and one of the best meals we’ve ever had. This place is an absolute gem.
Thank you to everyone at Orwells.

Thank Chris-N-Ireland
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orwrest, Owner at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Dear Chris-N-Ireland

Thanks for the glowing review. Happy to hear that you discovered us and it lived up to your expectations. We are always happy to go above and beyond expectations to make our guests feel welcomed. We wish you every success on the forthcoming addition to your family and all of the Orwells staff look forward to welcome Baby N to Orwells in the future.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

How is this place not Michelin star?
From the minute we arrived until the second we left we absolutely loved it.
The food was amazing, could not fault anything. From the home made bread, butter and honey to the locally sourced venison, food heaven.
The rhubarb crumble and lemon sponge were out out of this world.
The staff were so friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
Great place and would highly recommend.

Thank Leanne C
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orwrest, Owner at Orwells, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Dear Leanne C

What an amazing review about our little restaurant. Thank you so much.

looking forward to welcoming you back.

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