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(The latest 5 Posts are listed below)


Treat yourself to a BBC MasterChef inspired experience
KITCHEN Posted: 19/01/2018

Treat yourself to a BBC MasterChef inspired experience It was a proud moment for us here at L'Ortolan to first see Gareth, our talented sous chef on the big screen, and with something as highly regarded as BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals, we were all on tenterhooks watching his TV debut. With incredible comments from his first dish, right through to his last in in the semi-finals, we knew we needed to share some of his inspired creations wit...

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Supercar Gourmet Event Line Up
EVENTS Posted: 02/08/2017

Supercar Gourmet Event Line Up Wednesday 13th September, 2017 - 01189 888 500 Climb into the driver's seat of the supercar of your choice* Experience L'Ortolan's superb cuisine Mingle with other car lovers as you sip Champagne Enjoy a spin in your chosen supercar and then return to L'Ortolan to enjoy a three course Michelin starred lunch with the other Supercar Gourmet Event guests.Drive Times...

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Afternoon Mastiha Tea
COCKTAILS Posted: 23/06/2017

Afternoon Mastiha Tea We were thrilled when we heard that our barman Manos and head sommelier Konrad had achieved 5th place in the UK finals at the Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge recently. It was a global cocktail competition with a Mediterranean theme. Rules were, 2 bartenders 1 cocktail and Mastiha liqueur as the base of the cocktail. Nine countries took part (Greece, USA, Cyprus, Lebanon, Holland, Fra...

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The Bitter-Sweet Negroni
COCKTAILS Posted: 15/05/2017

The Bitter-Sweet Negroni Negroni was first mixed in Florence, Italy, in 1919. Count Camillo Negroni concocted it by asking the bartender to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a completely different drink. Negroni cocktail ...

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The Herbal Southside
COCKTAILS Posted: 12/04/2017

The Herbal Southside To keep things spiced up, we try to incorporate a little difference where we can, and we have certainly done that with our twist on the classic Southside cocktail. We took the Southside cocktail and shook things up a bit by using our Manuka infused Gin, hence re-naming it as 'Herbal Southside'. We are the only Restaurant around to home brew Gin with Manuka, and these are the details that will g...

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Cocktails - Afternoon Mastiha Tea - The Bitter-Sweet Negroni - The Herbal Southside - A Second Place Cocktail - Grasshopper - El Diablo - A ginger spiced spring delight - The French 75 - Two Blushing Valentine's Day Cocktails - Our answer to your 'Dry January' prayers - A Christmas tipple for Mr & Mrs Claus - Orange Marmalade & Thyme Cosmopolitan - New Year's Champagne Cocktail - Day of Excellence Virgin Mojito - St. James's Rose & Lychee Cocktail - L'Ortolan Festive Cocktail - 'Cocktail of the Month' - The Ginger Rumster - L'Ortolan Festive Cocktail - A History Drinks - A 'Gin string' to our bow - The Somersert Cider Brandy - Fit for a queen, England's best bubbles - 31 days of German Riesling - New tea menu at l'Ortolan - Visit to Two Cocks Brewery Wine - Ancre Hill Estates, a family vineyard and winnery - Guillaume's Choice for our Italian Wine Lunch this Autumn - Rare and interesting wines from Bordeaux - Champagne in Reims - Coravin and the 'Fine Wine' Selection - We welcome 'Champagne Charlie' to L'Ortolan - Head Sommelier Guillaume Kaczmar on Real Wine Month - Laurent-Perrier: The Original Brut Champagne - Wine Pairing at L'Ortolan - Pommery Champagne: A French Revolution - The Many Faces of Chardonnay - The Real Wine Month - Wines from Across the Pond - Natural Wine Month - Changing Perception on German Wines - Notable Wine List recognition for L'Ortolan - 5 top tips for wines when entertaining - A Sommelier's Accidental Pairing: Chocolate and Beer - Volcanoes and wine: A night (almost) with Frank Cornelissen - Wine Temperature Tips for when Time is Short - How to get it perfect - Wine Temperatures How to get it perfect - Getting it right - Wine Temperature: Getting it right - The Storing Fault: Maderisation - Wine, with time, will turn to vinegar. or will it? - When your wine is Corked - Even before you pour Events - Supercar Gourmet Event Line Up - Out and About at Festivals - Open Day at LOrtolan - June 2015 - Mas del Perie Dinner - April 2015 - Mark Apsey at Wokingham Food Festival - Le Tour de France Signature Menu - L'Ortolan Day of Excellence - Guest Chefs Will Holland and Tom Kerridge Food - L'Ortolan's Last Minute Christmas Tips - The Kitchen Table at L'ortolan - Truffles? From England? You'd need a pig wouldn't you? - Sheer Cheese Comfort: Vacherin Mont D'Or - Autumnal Fine Dining - Out pop the hops - Lobster at L'Ortolan Kitchen - Treat yourself to a BBC MasterChef inspired experience - The Apprentice - I never thought it would lead to this - An Interview with Head Chef Nicholas Chappell - Alan's London to Paris Cycle Challenge - Annie in the L'ortolan Kitchen - Linford comes for lunch - Dan the master baker riding high - Congratulations to former sous chef Phil Fanning - Alan's Kitchen Blog - New Menus, New Team - The Great British Midweek Menu L'Ortolan - Christmas gift ideas to ease the stress this year... - L'ortolan goes electric - 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Private Dining Event - L'Ortolan in Top 50 Restaurants for Service - What is fine-dining and what can people expect - Christmas comes early at L'Ortolan - Talking the talk: Restaurant Marketing and Pronunciation - Memories of L'Ortolan - Can they cook as well as they report? - L'Ortolan helps celebrate 25 years of Michelin success - A Blogger's Approval - From office to kitchen: The Chef's Experience - Our blog won an award! - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. - We've got that festive feeling. - Logo competition: Help us bring our bird to life Masterclasses - Home Baking - A Masterclass - Summer Kitchen Garden Demonstration - A Shellfish Masterclass - Summer BBQ with Alan and the Big Green Egg Recipes - Macaron or Macaroon? - Super Smoothie - Easter Temptation - Recipe - Millionaire's Shortbread - Charlotte's Honeycomb Recipe - Recipe: Cured Pigeon by guest Chef Chris Horridge - Bank Holiday Dinner Party: Steamed Sea Bream - From the L'Ortolan Menu: Recipe - Crispy Parmesan Risotto - How to smoke your own garlic