Orwells Restaurant in Shiplake Row five minutes from Henley-on-Thames is owned by chefs Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman. The pair took over the 18th century former pub in 2010 and have since won Restaurant of the Year 2017 and been rated 28 in the UK Top 50 Restaurants in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2020. They are also one of just 47 UK restaurants to hold 4 AA Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2020. Ryan and Liam are regulars on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and they have both competed for their respective UK regions in BBC2’s Great British Menu.
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. He also keeps bees producing plenty of honey to use across many of the dishes at Orwells. 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 – 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