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Blog from Reading's only Michelin starred restaurant

Thank you for visiting our blog.  We hope you enjoy the wide variety of posts on here. Please do comment, ask questions and engage we us - we love to chat and sharing the knowledge and passion for food and drink is very much a part of who we are. 

(The latest 5 Posts are listed below)


Tom Clarke - Head Chef
MEET THE TEAM Posted: 05/03/2015
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Tom Clarke - Head Chef Tom Clarke took over the helm in the Michelin starred kitchen at L'Ortolan in January 2015. He had been Acting Head Chef for over a year working closely with Alan Murchison up until then. Tom’s passion for cooking began in his early years while he was growing up in Essex.  He cooked at home for the family and went on to study catering at Colchester Institute.  During h...

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New Year's Champagne Cocktail
COCKTAILS Posted: 31/12/2014
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New Year's Champagne Cocktail Create a delicious New Year's Champagne cocktail for your guests – the perfect tipple for your midnight toast! Champagne 6ml of Cognac 5ml Cointreau 5ml Grand Marnier Angostura bitters 1 sugar cube   Soak the sugar cube with Angostura bitters. Add Cognac, Cointreau and Grand Marnier and mix gently. Top up with Champagne, garnish with fresh orange peel….an...

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A festive masterclass – the perfect Christmas turkey
MASTERCLASSES Posted: 15/12/2014
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A festive masterclass – the perfect Christmas turkey The festive season is in full swing here at L’Ortolan, and for our final masterclass of the year Alan Murchison is showing guests how to cook the perfect Christmas turkey. Over the course of December our demo studio has played host to a series of Christmas masterclasses, inspiring guests to cook their Christmas lunch with a Michelin flair. Guests were greeted with champagne and canapes, bef...

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Visit to Two Cocks Brewery
DRINKS Posted: 28/11/2014
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Visit to Two Cocks Brewery On a rainy Monday afternoon we were welcomed with a lot of kindness and passion by Phil, Michael and Lucy at the Two Cocks Brewery in Newbury. Lucy is in charge and Michael and Phil started farming about 5 years ago following a relocation to the countryside,...

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Recipe – Millionaire's Shortbread
RECIPES Posted: 17/10/2014
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Recipe – Millionaire's Shortbread For those chocolate lovers out there, try out your patisserie skills with our tempting recipe for Millionaire's Shortbread…with a modern twist! Recipe Base 200g golden syrup 100g dark chocolate 80g puffed rice Warm syrup then add chocolate. Once melted fold in puffed rice. Caramel 1lb butter 9oz demerara sugar 794g evaporated milk Boil until...

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