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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)


Orange Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan
COCKTAILS Posted: 24/03/2015
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Orange Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan When it comes to the wonderful world of cocktails, there are few concoctions as iconic as the Cosmopolitan.  Our cocktail of the week ‘Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan’ has been one of our guest favourites. Bring out your creative edge and sip a touch of L’Ortolan by mixing your own Cosmopolitan, perfect for when you’re entertaining friends and family at home. Our ‘Marmalade & Thyme Cos...

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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. Up until then he had been Acting Head Chef for over a year working closely with Alan Murchison. 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...

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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,...

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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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