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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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Champagne Lunch: 3 courses £42

Three course Lunch with glass of Champagne £42. Enjoy a glass of chilled Charles Heidsieck Champagne with a stunning three course lunch.

Available: 01 June 2017

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Expires: 31 August 2017

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Taste of L’Ortlan lunch for two £89

A sumptuous six course tasting lunch featuring new season dishes by Head Chef Tom Clarke. Also available with a matching wine flight. With a matching wine flight of four paired wines £55pp supplement.

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Taste of L’Ortolan Dinner for two: £99

A sumptuous six course tasting dinner featuring new season dishes by Head Chef Tom Clarke. Also available with a matching wine flight. With a matching wine flight of four paired wines £55pp supplement.

Available: 18 May 2017

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Orange Wine Lunch: 3 courses £39

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L'Ortolan
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L'Ortolan

Church Lane, Shinfield ,Reading RG2 9BY

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Editor's pick Symphonic food experience courtesy of the sous chef, now responsible here, surprised us. Not only was it impeccably and prettily presented, but tastes were sublime, something Alan Murchison (now the Exec. Chef) previously didn’t quite manage. Compatibility of ingredients pervaded both starter and main course – we didn’t manage desserts. A symmetrical sheet of duck confit topped with cherry sorbet, pan fried foie gras, whole cherries, plus a couple of smoked duck slices very agreeably kicked things...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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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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