L'Ortolan

“Consummate modern gastronomy in a former vicarage” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

SHINFIELD, BERKSHIRE

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Our View

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef and reassessment will take place in due course. Synonymous with modern British gastronomy since the 1980s, L’Ortolan is a smart, country-house style restaurant in a beautiful red-brick former vicarage. The wine list majors on France and Italy, while the rest of Europe and the New World have a voice, but with a softer accent. There’s a chef’s table in the kitchen, a relaxing bar and private dining rooms alongside fine-dining standards like canapés, pre-desserts and petits fours.

L'Ortolan
Church Lane, SHINFIELD, Reading, RG2 9BY

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 58
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 17
  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Berkshire

Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.

Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.

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