Surrounded by beautiful grounds in the elegant setting of a former vicarage, L’Ortolan is secluded yet easily accessible, being only fi ve minutes from Junction 11 of the M4. The staff offer a warm welcome with polished, friendly service and guests are encouraged to relax and immerse themselves in a total fine dining experience.
The restaurant has proudly held its Michelin star since 2003 under Alan Murchison, who later passed the command to Tom Clarke, who was rewarded for his culinary skill with his very own Michelin star in 2015. Head chef Tom Clarke trained with Raymond Blanc, Jean-André Charial and Alan Murchison. Their infl uence can be seen in each of Clarke’s dishes, thanks to a creative blend of classical French flavours and modern techniques. Tom employs innovative combinations of fl avour and texture to magical effect in starters such as confi t salmon, horseradish and nasturtium. Main-course options include the likes of Gressingham duck breast, fennel and apricot, and for dessert you can look forward to caramel parfait, blackberry and sourdough. L’Ortolan can amply cater for gluten and dairy free diets. The dishes are all presented with precise, artistic delicacy, making a meal at L’Ortolan an experience to remember.
You’ll be in good hands when it comes to libation, too, as L’Ortolan was featured on the AA Notable Wine List for 2017-2018, and for good reason. The selection includes biodynamic and organic options, and the sommelier is on-hand to select wine that is the perfect accompaniment to each course.
Furthermore, a lunchtime menu du jour is available with two courses for £30 or three courses for £35, while an à la carte menu and seven- and ten-course tasting menus are available for lunch and dinner. There are numerous other tempting ways to dine at L’Ortolan, including at the chef’s table: a unique dining experience where up to four guests can dine in the heart of the kitchen and soak up the atmosphere of a busy service while enjoying 12 courses with wine pairings. The restaurant has been refurbished and all dining rooms have recently been fi tted with draft-free air conditioning. The three stunning private dining rooms can be hired exclusively for parties of eight to 22 with menus from £45, and private hire of the restaurant is available for up to 60 guests, making L’Ortolan the perfect destination for business entertaining or special occasions.