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L'Ortolan
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Ranked #25 of 684 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$36 - US$135
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Train: Reading Station then taxi. Bus: Lines 9 & 144 stop within a few minutes walk of the restaurant.
Description: A unique culinary experience in the pleasant village of Shinfield, just outside Reading, Michelin starred L'Ortolan is wonderfully appointed, a complement to the impressive historic house which it calls home. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and serving food of the very highest quality,creative and sophisticated, is prepared by Head Chef Tom Clarke and his team using the best possible ingredients. A range of unique dining options are available including private dining and a Chef's Table, making L'Ortolan perfect for any occasion.
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

We booked for 'The taste of L'Ortolan' experience and it was absolutely superb from start to finish. Utterly fantastic food complimented with fantastic service, warm and friendly staff and a brilliant atmosphere.

We were celebrating our 'One month to go until we get married' (Hey, any excuse for a nice meal :-)) and it was so special we are definitely coming back soon to celebrate actually getting married!

Third time we've been here and it just gets better and better each time.

Thank Holly_82
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

My partner booked us here for a surprise birthday meal, and I was really looking forward to the experience. The main reason to go is obviously the food, which is absolutely incredible and I would recommend to anyone. I feel like aside from the food, the rest of the time spent there is awkward and uncomfortable, which is a shame. I’ve been to other five star and Michelin starred restaurants and been welcomed and made to feel comfortable the entire duration of my visit. I think this restaurant has gone too far the other way, implementing such high standards of ‘professionalism’ that it then makes the experience wooden and almost corporate. We did manage to get a small joke out of one waiter, but overall they were too formal and actually made me feel uneasy. When we first arrived we were encouraged to sit outside on the terrace, and it felt like a punishment as no one was talking to each other amongst the other guests. When we were sat inside whenever we laughed we felt like we should immediately hush ourselves, as the atmosphere is like a library. I absolutely loved the food, and so it is such a shame that the front of house does not match the standard. I would still recommend, but only for the menu and not the atmosphere.

Thank sophiec79244
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

After being greeted warmly, we opted to sit out on the terrace as it was lovely warm evening. We decided to start with a few Gins - nice selection to choose from, they arrived and were served at our garden table. There was no rush, menu's were brought out, we leisurely chose which menu and wine, and finished our aperitif in our own time, accompanied by a delicious amuse bouche. The four of us decided upon the £95 (for 2) 6 course tasting menu. We felt like MasterChef judges with all the different flavours and textures and the presentation of each course was amazing. this food really is bloody good ! This is not overpriced, this is an experience - not just dinner out. We cannot wait to go back, this place is a gem just outside Reading.

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Thank tinat610
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile


This certainly was a fabulous evening and a delightful way to start our Anniversary Celebration week. The restaurant is set in a lovely quiet location near Reading.and you certainly get a good feel as you enter the grounds as the building looks stunning. We had a warm and friendly greeting on arrival and was asked if we would like to have a drink in the bar or outside on the patio. Due to it being a lovely evening we opted for a drink outside. While enjoying our Gin & Tonic's and a delightful snack you are presented with the menus to browse through. There were two choices of menu to choose from the 7 course Gourmand menu or the one we decided to choose the 10 course Discovery menu. The next thing to choose is the wine but with help from the sommelier who was very helpful in assisting you with your decision and was very good throughout the evening . Their reason for doing it this way I felt was quite a nice idea so when you're seated at the table everything is ready for you to start enjoying your evening. Our table was in the conservatory which was nice and cool and overlooked the patio and garden.So now to our first dish which was very interesting indeed consisting of Carrot pressing , mustard & tarragon with on top of the carrot was Herring ice cream which in fact was delicious and went perfectly with the carrot. We then moved onto a heavenly Confit Trout , elderflower & cucumber before enjoying a stunning Beef Tartare , Charcoal & a Confit Yolk I have to the first three courses were an absolute delight and we were definitely not disappointed with what was to follow starting with a fantastic Lobster Ravioli , Citrus Fruits & Crab Bisque. Our next dish was the main course a Roast Quail Breast , Sweetcorn & Truffle and matched perfectly with the wine highlight of the evening a beautiful ChatteauNeuf Du Pape. It was then time for a Cheese course with a difference consisting of Confit Tomato , Burrata & Watermelon with a Basil Dressing which was delightful and so refreshing Now it was time for desserts and to my delight there were two with the first being Apricot , Pecan & Skyr this really was heavenly but even more so was the Dark Chocolate Pave , Banana & Lime a truly fantastic way to finish We then had a coffee and a lovely after dinner cocktail in the comfort of the the bar with some Petit Fours. This rounded of a marvellous evening and we were so glad we made the trip from east to west. I would highly recommend a visit as the food is stunning the service is very professional and friendly all this in a beautiful building with lovely grounds

Thank Lloydstevens29
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

I could write a very long and extensive review on how amazing this restaurant truly is, the pictures and reviews dont do it justice, its a culinary dream. We had dinner for our third anniversary, and our waiter went above and beyond to make it special for us. Thank you!

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