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Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BY


Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BY

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.

L'ortolan is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Britain's Finest restaurants for Valentine's day by Andy Lynes

"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."

Ten Michelin Star Restaurants an Hour from London by Andy Hayler

"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

Timings: Open: Tue-Sat 12.00-14:00, 19:00-21.00    
Closed:  2 weeks for Xmas & New Year
General Info: 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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Posted on by Will SCustomer visited Jul 2017

We have wanted to go for some time but had been saving it for a special occasion and used it to celebrate the impending birth of our first child with the in-laws. Everything was done very well and as is often the case with this kind of dining it's the extras that make it such a great experience - from the amuse-bouche to the pre-dessert. I had the Goose liver, followed by the guinea fowl and strawberry parfait for dessert - all were delicious with the liver being my favourite. The service matched the food for flawlessness. We started with drinks in the bar, so were there all in all for two and a half hours. Not cheap in the evening but delicious – the set lunch seems like amazing value and would be a good introduction.

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Posted on by Ryan HCustomer visited Jul 2017

I've been fortunate to visit some stunning restaurants over the years but absolutely loved the experience. I was fortunate to be given a voucher for a three course meal for two with a glass of wine at L'Ortolan and with it being on my doorstep am only disappointed that I have never visited before.

The selection of food was extremely limited with only two choices for start and main but with myself and my wife choosing the different options each meal was phenomenal. The staff exceptional and could not possibly recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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Posted on by Aaron BCustomer visited Jul 2017

Consistently brilliant food, have been coming here for years and never once disappointed. Lunch time is fantastic value.

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Posted on by Will OCustomer visited Jul 2017

Fabulous setting on the edge of Reading. Easy parking. Great welcome on arrival, important at any venue. We had the tasting menu. We loved every dish, lots of flavours, beautiful presentation. Service was very good, attentive. Relaxed and fulfilled on exit.

Just a bonus point, we were addressed as "sir" and " madam" on arrival and throughout, not " Hi Guys" or the awful "you alright there?" - It makes the difference on having a food experience not just food out! - Other restaurants should take note of these high standards. Well done to all there!

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Posted on by Chris GCustomer visited Jul 2017

Wonderful meal. My business partner, my wife (who is also a business partner) and i visited for lunch. We had a super time and the food was delightful, beautiful and very tasty.

I had steak tartar - amazing
Mackeral and salmon for the other two in our party and both were completely polished off.
All starters looked beautiful and did not disappoint.

Duck for two of us and Chicken for the other. Again, stunning and tasty.

We finished off two two slices of Caramel which was so smooth and delicious.

I think this was wow food and certainly Michelin star worthy. I highly recommend! And, for the lunch menu starting at £28, very good value too.

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Posted on by Ron TCustomer visited Jul 2017

For years both my daughters have been sending us to L'Ortolan for birthdays/anniversarys. On our 57 th Wedding anniversary we exposed them to Michelin food. They loved it, both confessed that this was the best food they have ever tasted. Added to this Service exceptional and friendly service and you have L'Ortolan.

Anyone that wishes to sample food with tastes that you never come across in day to day cooking/restaurants.

Please do yourself a favour and experience it. Not cheap but worth every penny. Thank you to everyone at L'Otolan for educating my daughters to a new experience.

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Posted on by Hannah SCustomer visited Feb 2017

Since moving to the Reading area a year ago L'Ortolan was top of my list of restaurants to visit and it didn't disappoint! We visited on a snowy Saturday as an early Valentines Lunch treat. Pre dinner drinks - Gin of course - in the cozy bar area before going through to the resturant to eat. Lunch was superb but the highlight for both myself and my cheese loving boyfriend was of course the Cheese Trolley! its well worth the extra few £s! I have recommend to everyone I work with and am looking forward to my next visit!

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Posted on by Sonia RCustomer visited Jul 2017

A fantastic experience - delicious and great quality food, lovely and romantic atmosphere, all the staff was great and very knowledgeable each one in their area. Every bite was a nice surprise plenty of lots of flavours and you can recognize each one of them. I would love to come back.

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Posted on by Fiona BCustomer visited Feb 2017

First visit and couldn't fault anything about the experience. The service, presentation and food was outstanding, how do they make food taste this good! Thoroughly recommended as a very special treat.

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Posted on by Rachel LCustomer visited Jul 2017

My boyfriend and I came here for a special occasion recently and we were not disappointed. The hosts were so attentive and the food was beautiful. The Menu of the day was only a small menu but we both found things on there that we wanted to eat. It is very pricey but perfect for a celebration!

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