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Restaurant Review: l’Ortolan – Shinfield, Berkshire

By Eve Hartridge on 21st July 2015

Luxury travel and food writer Eve Hartridge discovered Alan Murchinson’s out of town offering

L’Ortolan is well worth a saunter down the M4 (exit 11) as housed in this former rectory is a charming restaurant run by Alan Murchison. It is no surprise, given Alan’s credentials – Claridges, Nobu and Le Manior Aux Quat’ Saisons that this is the only Michelin starred restaurant in the area.

Cuisine is modern French using local ingredients where possible, there are a variety of menus and private dining options to make L’Ortolan the perfect choice for business or pleasure.

Cuisine is modern French using local ingredients where possible
Cuisine is modern French using local ingredients where possible

I sampled The Gourmand Menu with suggested wines which offered a variety of dishes each made up of exquisite combinations. The Octopus salad with mango was perfectly light and flavoursome, the baked Barkham Blue cheesecake a superb alternative to soufflé and the poached Nashi pear with black current and fennel a crescendo of fresh fruit to leave the diner satisfied without the ache of over indulgence.

Sommelier Craig Steven made adventurous pairing suggestions including a “Poire Granit” by Eric Bordley to accompany dessert which was divine.

L’Ortolan
L’Ortolan, located in the beautiful village of Shinfield, is Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant

The Gourmand Menu is priced from £71.00 per person.

lortolan.com