About Our Head Chef Tom Clarke and L’Ortolan in Reading

Located in the  village of Shinfield, near the M4’s Junction 11, L’Ortolan is Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant. Our restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike, and we guarantee you’ll love the dishes served up by head chef Tom Clarke in our Reading dining rooms. Tom aims to produce a mouthful of complementary flavors with every dish he cooks. In addition to our award-winning food our restaurant offers three uniquely styled function rooms for corporate and private events.

The restaurant is situated in a grade II listed building that is surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens. We are a short drive from Junction 11 of the M4 motorway, in the village of Shinfield, but if you need directions to reach us, just give us a call.

Tom Clarke at L'Ortolan

Tom Clarke has been passionate about cooking since he can remember, and this passion coupled with his creative flair and varied tastes have helped him become a highly regarded Michelin star chef in Reading today. Tom and his team commit to serving the highest quality food available, exquisitely prepared for our menus, which is what defines the L’Ortolan experience.

Whether you’re looking for a romantically luxurious dining experience to enjoy with your partner, or want to make the most of your trip to Reading, you won’t be disappointed by the delights offered by L’Ortolan and our head chef Tom Clarke in this Berkshire food destination.

What’s on Offer at L’Ortolan?

Our Michelin star chef Tom Clarke in his Berkshire residency at L’Ortolan is a good enough reason alone to visit the restaurant. But our attention to detail goes beyond Tom and the crew of accomplished chefs we employ. We dazzle our guests with style and luxury from the second they step through the door - which is why we have three uniquely styled dining rooms for you to choose from: the Champagne Room, Glass Room and Wine Cellar.

We can host large parties by offering the Main Restaurant and Glass Room together, and we don’t charge extra for the privilege of hiring an exclusive room. However, if you’re hosting a select few guests, we’re sure you’ll be happy with what’s on offer in our Champagne Room.

We’re one of the best-rated restaurants in Berkshire thanks to the talent of our team, stunning location and magical atmosphere. This serves to make us the top choice for dining experiences, ranging from relaxed lunches to special occasions.

At L’Ortolan we strive on catering for all types of dietary needs including vegetarians. We don’t just aim to write a menu solely for vegetarians. We write menus that incorporate vegetarian dishes into our menus with an emphasis on

seasonal vegetables we use a range of different  techniques on vegetables to create a host of different flavors. At the same time personal preference makes a big difference  to the customers, therefore we always try to accommodate to personal tastes.

If you would like to try a selection of our award winning dishes, then you may be interested in choosing our Chef's 10 course discovery menu.
In addition to dining reservations we offer unique cooking experiences, allowing guests to get acquainted with Michelin star cooking. If you would like to know more about our menus, private dining experiences or cooking master classes, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Discover more about the best restaurant in reading

We're widely accredited as one of the best restaurants Berkshire has to offer because of the attention to detail we put into every aspect of our venue, from the stylish decorations and gardens to the unique culinary delights rustled up by our Michelin star head chef  Tom Clarke. When You Can Enjoy a Meal from Head Chef Tom Clarke in Reading. Read more about restaurants Reading.

You can taste the delights rustled up by our Michelin star chef Tom Clarke from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and our opening times are as follows:-

Lunch open from 12:00noon
Tuesday – Thursday last sitting at 1:30pm
Friday and  Saturday last sitting at 2:00pm

Dinner open from 7:00pm
Tuesday – Thursday last sitting at 8:30pm.
Friday and Saturday last sitting at 9:00pm.

Reserve your table or event at L’Ortolan

Even though we close on Sundays and Mondays, we can host private events and gatherings on those days if arranged in advance. So, call us today on 01189 888 500 to book a meal served up by our extremely talented head chef Tom Clarke in Reading. Read more about Restaurants in Reading.