Church Lane, Shinfield , Reading, RG2 9BY
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 leadership of newly appointed, charismatic restaurant general manager Marco Nardi, the front of house team will provide you with an unforgettable 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 Clarke trained with Raymond Blanc, Jean-André Charial and Alan Murchison, and all of their influences reflect in Tom’s creative blend of classical French flavours and modern techniques. His creative flavour combinations are perfectly represented 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 is always keen to cater for any dietary requirements – such as vegetarian, 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, L’Ortolan offers a variety of seasonal tasting menus, as well as a rich selection of dishes on the à la carte. The iconic tasting menus start at £49.50 for a delicious six courses, and include a seven course Gourmand and ten course Discovery menu available for lunch and dinner. There are numerous other tempting ways to dine at L’Ortolan, such as at the chef’s table or the cook and dine experience, as well as cookery masterclasses and various wine tasting events. 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 £49.50, 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.