L’Ortolan, Reading

It’s French, it’s fancy and its dishes are dressed to thrill. L’Ortolan’s modern cuisine delivers all the wow you need for special occasion dining.

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Escape the city centre hustle and bustle and retreat to Reading’s finest example of destination dining. This modern French restaurant held onto its Michelin Star for 21 years and now wears its three AA Rosettes on its sleeve.

Peruse L’Ortolan’s menu and discover expertly contrived and inspiring dishes designed to excite. Menus range from six or eight course tasting menus (including vegetarian and vegan options), three course midweek dinners and lunches, plus regular special tasting evenings too. Don’t miss their monthly themed wine events!

It’s silver service, from its white linen table cloths to exceptional level of professionalism and attention to detail. Here, every diner is made to feel special.

The restaurant itself sits in a beautiful Grade II listed building and is classic and classy in design with grand red brickwork and high ceilings of elegant proportions. Plus, it’s perfectly situated in the leafy village of Shinfield – a short drive from Junction 11 of the M4. Inside you’ll find two eating areas which serves an intimate 58 covers, three private dining rooms for 8 to 22 guests, and a ‘chef’s table’ in the kitchen where the action really heats up.

The restaurant is particularly popular with special occasions like birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries, as well as director level business meetings, and they work closely with top florists and entertainment companies. Exclusive use of the restaurant is also possible on request.

Now, there’s a new sheriff in town, with new Head Chef Jamie Pearce taking over the reins from James Greatorex on 4 June. But it’s certainly not his first rodeo. Jamie has worked at a number of Michelin Star and renowned eateries including Cliveden House, Moorhall, Whatley Manor, The Black Rat, and most recently The Montagu Arms’ fine dining Terrace restaurant.

At a glance

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Church Lane Shinfield Reading Berkshire RG2 9BY



0118 988 8500

Opening hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 6.30pm - 8pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 1pm, 6.30pm - 8pm
Thursday: 12pm - 1pm, 6.30pm - 8pm
Friday: 12pm - 1pm, 6.30pm - 8pm
Saturday: 12pm - 1pm, 6.30pm - 8pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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