This converted vicarage on the outskirts of Reading has been home to a number of top chefs over the years including John Burton Race and Nico Ladenis. Now Raymond Blanc trained Alan Murchison has taken over the kitchens. Put your trust in the chef and order the 10 course menu surprise with matched wines. For those who'd rather know what's coming, al a carte delights include roast chicken terrine with spiced bread sauce and John Dory poached in red wine with cockle sabayon. Leave the luxury of the elegant dining room for the heat of the kitchen where the chef's table allows four diners to get up close and personal with all the cooking action. After all that excitement, wind down with a drink in the spacious conservatory lounge.
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"This converted 17th Century rectory set in its own grounds makes for a romantic setting in which to enjoy award winning chef Alan Murchison's individual take on haute cuisine. The carefully sculpted dishes might include terrine of foie gras with smoked apple, grapes and sweet wine jelly."
"The pretty old vicarage that houses l’Ortolan has played host to some famous chefs over the years, and is now owned by Alan Murchison, who himself has a high media profile. The cooking is firmly in classical French territory, with a ballotine of rabbit and foie gras a dish here that I particularly enjoyed. Service here is friendly and efficient."
Information on L'ortolan , Church Lane , Shinfield , Reading
Open: Tue-Sat 12.00-14:00, 19:00-21.00
Closed: 2wks Xmas & New Year
Seating Capacity: 58
Private Dining: yes for up to 22 guests
Wheel Chair Access: Yes
Accreditation: Michelin Star, AA 3 Rosettes, 6/10 Good Food Guide
|Local Directions:||At junction 11 of the M4 take the A33 towards Basingstoke. At the first traffic lights start following the brown tourist signs for L’ortolan, turn left and go through Three Mile Cross. After the garage on the right turn left at the mini roundabout. Go down country lane for 1 mile. Turn right at the 6 Bells / Hungry Horse pub. L'ortolan is the first drive on the left.|
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