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L'Ortolan

Church Lane, Shinfield, Nr. Reading, RG2 9BY
This former, red brick, vicarage has had an illustrious recent past. Past owners being Nico Ladenis (who refused to sell Gin & Tonics to the Reading locals, as he felt they weren't coming specially for his food) and John Burton Race (of television fame).

Chef Alan Murchison is maintaining a very high standard, with a menu set in the French tradition, with the likes of 'Black Truffle and Artichoke Risotto, with roasted Cep and Truffle cream'; 'Foie Gras & Pain D'Epice "Sandwich", Smoked Duck, Pineapple and Black Pepper Chutney' or 'Scallops on discs of Jerusalem Artichokes and a Serrano Ham Salad' as starters.

Perhaps 'John Dory with White Beans, Pea Velouté and White Truffle'; 'Oxtail Ballotine and Roast Sirloin of Beef, Beetroot, and Butternut Squash Purée' or 'Corn-fed Pigeon with Choucroute (again with foie gras and truffles) and Madeira jus' among the mains.

Desserts, such as 'Assiette of Chocolate' are a highlight for those sweet of tooth; while they have excellent farm house cheeses - served with Walnut and Raisin Bread or home-made Biscuits.

Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern French
  • Lunch: Tues-Sat, 12.00-14.30; Set L from £28 (2 courses) to £31.50 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £70 (7 courses) to £105
  • Dinner: Tues-Sat, 19.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30) D from £49 (Tues-Thurs only); Tasting Menu £70 (7 courses) to £105;
  • Seats: 60
  • Wine: A large list, kicking off in the mid £20's, is strong on German's suitable for food. There's a good selection by the glass.
  • Children's portions: Yes, whenever possible
  • Wheelchair access: Yes (also lavatory)
  • Nearest station: Reading Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M4 at junction 11, then take the A33 towards Basingstoke, At the 1st roundabout turn left, after the garage, turn left again. After 2 km turn right at The Six Bells pub. The restaurant's a further left turn - follow the English Tourist Board signs
  • Parking: Yes
  • Closed: all Sun & Mon, Christmas & New Year

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Contact Details

Tel: 0118-988 8500
Address: Church Lane, Shinfield, Nr. Reading, RG2 9BY