Orwells Restaurant in Shiplake Row five minutes from Henley-on-Thames is owned by chefs Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman. The pair took over the 18th century former pub in 2010 and have since won Restaurant of the Year and been included in the UK Top 50 Restaurants in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017. They are also one of just 39 UK restaurants to be hold 4 AA Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2017. Liam and Ryan are regulars on Saturday Kitchen and they will both be competing in the next Great British Menu series running this summer.
The chefs have put their classic training to good use, adding modern touches and creating their own style and bold flavours; however the emphasis remains on bringing out the best of each and every ingredient. Ryan and Liam work heavily with local suppliers, only use sustainable produce and Liam tends to their small holding which produces up to 75% of Orwells seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables. Beyond the kitchen, Restaurant Manager Arnaud Delaporte heads up the front of house team, taking care of the extensive wines, cocktails, spirits and impressive selection of gins.
‘A menu fizzing with creative ideas and exciting combinations’ AA Guide 2016 – Simon Numphud
The artichokes with blue cheese and almonds were a favourite and ordered twice! Giles Coren – The Times Magazine. Score 7.87 out of 10.
“We’re impressed. And happy. These lads can cook. This restaurant rocks.” Tom Parker Bowles – Mail On Sunday