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Named after George Orwell, who spent his childhood in the area, this brilliant eatery has been painstakingly realised by Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman – “two chefs who think seriously about seasonal ingredients, flavour and texture”. Well-bred pubby charms, good looks and reasonable prices belie a defiantly British repertoire of “attractive modern cuisine” based on locally sourced ingredients, foraged pickings, home-grown vegetables and honey from the owners’ hives. The kitchen works hard, setting the tone with sourdough bread made with a ‘starter dough’ that has reputedly been kept going “for 30 years”. After that, diners are treated to a cavalcade of picture-perfect plates ranging from a “delightful” beef tartare with charcoal wafer to chocolate ganache with honeycomb, pistachio and “voluptuous” tonka bean cream. In between, readers rate the pan-fried turbot in verjus with sultanas, Jerusalem artichokes ‘three ways’ and mild spring onions as well as the Wiltshire lamb with crosnes, “deliberately cold” sprout leaves, broccoli and squash. Set menus offer outstanding value and wines are thoughtfully chosen, while “friendly, approachable staff” ensure that Orwells always delivers.  

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Shiplake Row, Binfield Heath ,Henley-On-Thames RG9 4DP

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Worth all the praise it gets

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Nov 2016

Given the way that industry awards are scattered about willy-nilly, even the bestowing of a prestige title like Good Food Guide restaurant of the year can lead to a questioning approach from seasoned punters who have not always been convinced of the qualities of award winners. Friends had recommended Orwells long before its elevation to GFG top dog, but we were still prepared for disappointment after our less than positive experience at the “National Restaurant of the Year” the previous week. The...

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Paul A.'s rating

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

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Shiplake Row, Binfield Heath ,Henley-On-Thames RG9 4DP

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by   platinum reviewer (122)

Jun 2012

Update – Jun 12 What more can one ask – great atmosphere and some good food’n wine, but – a small but Pheasant Egg & Pork Belly was the dish of the day followed by Asparagus minus the Orange Hollandaise sauce which was too buttery (or maybe I just don’t like the butter used presently) or more likely perhaps there was insufficient citrus to cut through the rich sauce, because this dish was excellent last time – tiny pieces of orange zest may have helped elevate the flavour or reduction of orange...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for Orwells

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Oxfordshire
  • Price: £45
  • Wine: £18
  • Champagne: £57
  • Lunch: £20/25 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: £25/30 (2/3 courses)

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