RestaurantsBerkshireShinfieldRG2

survey result

Summary

£109
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “beautiful Grade II listed former-rectory on the outskirts of Reading” has a new head chef – James Greatorex, ex-of The Fat Duck, who joined the Ortolan team in 2018, and finally took the reins from Tom Clarke in March 2020. Early reports suggest that he's “bringing in new and exciting tastes”, with “delicious, decadent touches” on the tasting menu balancing out what's “classic ‘Michelin’ food”.

Summary

£94
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“This beautiful house on the outskirts of Reading is still a favourite for a special meal” – an impressive old vicarage that many reporters are lucky enough to visit regularly. “Chef Tom Clarke has made this restaurant his own” and there’s a feeling of “relaxed attention to detail at all levels, with warm and friendly staff, plus beautifully judged cooking”. The “wonderful tasting menu” features in many reports, as does the “fantastic chef’s table”: “when you see the kitchen, it’s like a well-oiled machine”.

Summary

£94
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“This beautiful house on the outskirts of Reading is still a favourite for a special meal” – an impressive old vicarage that many reporters are lucky enough to visit regularly. “Chef Tom Clarke has made this restaurant his own” and there’s a feeling of “relaxed attention to detail at all levels, with warm and friendly staff, plus beautifully judged cooking”. The “wonderful tasting menu” features in many reports, as does the “fantastic chef’s table”: “when you see the kitchen, it’s like a well-oiled machine”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A drink in the conservatory” has been a precursor to any meal at this bastion of fine dining for 35 years – in a converted village rectory near Reading – that “keeps up standards”, with chef Tom Clarke’s “absolutely superb” cooking: “a perfect balance of flavours, portion size and excitement on the plate, from the amuse bouche to the pudding”. One or two reporters find the ambience a tad “hushed”, but more commonly it’s thought to be “lovely”.

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Restaurant details

Yes
12, 16, 22
No shorts
50
3

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 79.00 Always available 7
Menu2 110.00 Always available 10

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£22.00 £32.00 £18.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Church Ln, Shinfield, RG2 9BY
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑4:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑12 am
SundayCLOSED

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