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Summary

“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”.

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

Summary

“Every mouthful of the beautifully presented food is a joy!”, according to fans of this well-known posh destination – a converted vicarage in a village near the M4’s Reading turn-off. Criticisms are sometimes levelled at it – of an atmosphere that’s “boring” or food that “promises more than it delivers” – but on balance it’s seen as “continuing an excellent tradition under chef Tom Clarke”.

£97
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3
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3
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Wonderfully located, in an old rectory” (a little off the M4, near the Reading turn-off), this well-known foodie bastion put in a more uneven performance this year. A vociferous minority described “poor” service and judged the food “overpriced and overhyped”, but the majority still applaud Tom Clarke’s “superb standard of cuisine” and “an amazing experience rather than just a meal”.

£97
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3
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“New head chef Tom Clarke is fab-u-lous!” and he’s more than carried on where Alan Murchison left off, at this Home Counties foodie bastion, which occupies a very pukka former rectory, and provides “superb” cuisine (including a “cracking 10-course tasting menu”), plus “many thoughtful wine options”.

£97
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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.

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Owner's description

L'Ortolan is Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant located in the picturesque village of Shinfield, Berkshire. Housed within a beautiful Grade Two listed vicarage L'Ortolan offers a relaxed and informal fine dining experience. The restaurant has won numerous awards including a Michelin Star, and a place in the Sunday Times Top 50 restaurants in the UK in 2014. Head Chef Tom Clarke's inspired menus include Menu du Jour (£28 - £32 lunch only), A la Carte (£58 - £65), 7 Course Gourmand Tasting Menu (£75) and the 10 course Surprise Menu (£105) as well as seasonal offers and wine tasting dinners. Our Sommelier is on hand to suggest the perfect wine to accompany your meal or a flight of complementary wines by the glass. For those special occasions L'Ortolan also has a Chef's Table and three private dining rooms. For an alternative L'Ortolan experience guests are able to join the kitchen team and be a chef for a day with a "Chef's Experience".

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£14.50 £27.00 £14.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.95
Filter Coffee £3.20
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

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12, 16, 22
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Private dining

For those extra special occasions you can enjoy Tom Clarke's innovative Michelin starred cuisine in the exclusivity of your own private dining room. Whether you are celebrating with friends and family, entertaining clients and colleagues or looking for a place to hold your corporate dining event, with its beautiful grounds and elegant setting L'Ortolan provides a choice of unique dining and entertaining experiences for the most memorable occasion. 


Our three private dining rooms each have their own personality and style and accommodate between 8 and 22 guests. For larger parties and weddings the restaurant can be hired for exclusive use for up to 58 guests. No room hire is charged for any of our private dining rooms provided the minimum number of guests or food and beverage spend is achieved. 


A dedicated member of our team will be on hand from the early stages of planning your private dining event right through to the occasion itself - enabling you and your guests to truly relax and enjoy your private L'Ortolan experience. 


We know how important it is for everything to be right for your special occasion and encourage you to have a look around the restaurant prior to your event and discuss details with our team. Please call 0118 976 8800 beforehand to arrange a convenient time. 

Church Ln, Shinfield, RG2 9BY
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Thursday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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