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This Grade II-listed vicarage has played host to some of the UK’s top chefs over the years, and following the departure of previous incumbent Alan Murchison it has a new wunderkind in the shape of Tom Clarke. “Great cooking and excellent prices for Michelin-starred food”, confirms one fan. Like his predecessors, Clarke brings a high level of sophistication to proceedings, creating wonderfully honed flavours from a larder of seasonal ingredients – think Cornish lobster with raspberries, orange and charcoal, hay-smoked quail with sweetcorn and truffle or stone bass with squid ink and lemongrass. The cheese trolley is a treasure-trove of ripeness, while desserts might offer a pistachio and rapeseed cake with gariguette strawberries and basil. Set lunches are a bargain for blue-blooded Berkshire, and the auspicious wine list is notable for its impressive selection of organic/biodynamic bottles. The building may not look much from the outside, but the chocolate tones of the interior give out a soothing warmth and notable private rooms also catch the eye. With Clarke at the helm, we think that this Home Counties aristocrat has a bright future. 

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    Its taken a while to get this post up, what with Christmas and New Year, but with a few quiet days at home before I head back to work, here it is. A review of Reading&s only Michelin Starred restaurant - french inspired L&Ortolan.
    Headed up by Alan Murchison, an amazing chef with real solid Michelin experience behind him, its one which has been on my hit list for a while. Seeing as we were visiting good friends who live near by, we decided a lunch trip was in order.
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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Berkshire
  • Price: £50.00
  • Wine: £29
  • Champagne: £69
  • Lunch: £28/32 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 22,16,12

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