Surrounded by beautiful grounds in the elegant setting of a former vicarage, L’Ortolan is secluded yet easily accessible, being only five minutes from Junction 11 of the M4. Under the charismatic leadership of newly appointed Italian restaurant manager Marco Nardi, the front-of-house team will make your fine dining experience memorable. 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 Clarke trained with Raymond Blanc, Jean-André Charial and Alan Murchison. Their influence 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 flavour and texture to magical effect in starters such as seared scallops with bacon jam and textures of artichoke. Main course options include roast fillet of beef served with smoked pomme purée and bone marrow jus and, for dessert, you can look forward to dark chocolate pavé with banana and lime. L’Ortolan can ably cater for vegetarian and 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 this fine establishment featured on the AA’s 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 to perfectly accompany each course. Furthermore, a lunchtime menu du jour is available with three courses for £39, 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 ten courses with wine pairings. The restaurant has been refurbished and all dining rooms have recently been fitted with draught-free air conditioning. The three stunning private dining rooms can be hired exclusively for parties from 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.