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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Consummate modern gastronomy in a former vicarage

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The setting, in the countryside a little way out of Reading, and its clerical origins as a vicarage, may confer the slight air of an Anthony Trollope novel on L'Ortolan. This attractively faced red-brick building in pretty gardens has been home to outstanding dining for a number of years, and Tom Clarke has brought new energy and focus to the production here. At tables looking out over the lawns, or in the kitchen if that's your thing, you may well feel you have one of the vantage-points of modern British gastronomy. Harmoniously contrasting flavours are built up in elaborate dishes such as fried duck liver with matching parfait, smoked duck, pineapple and spiced meringue, or the sublimely earthy egg ravioli with trompettes and textured celeriac in truffle jus. Pedigree local meats are hunted down for mains like venison loin with purple pomme purée, blackberries and beetroot in juniper sauce, or there may be confidently presented fish such as stone bass with braised chicory and monk's beard in red wine jus. All the little extras are fitted around these inspired dishes, up to a fragrant finale of buttermilk pannacotta with poached rhubarb, gingerbread purée and rosemary ice cream. The Menu Gourmand offers a representative tour of the territory.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks Christmas to New Year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Tom Clarke

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 210
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: 28
  • 3-course lunch from: 32
  • 2-course dinner from: 58
  • 3-course dinner from: 65
  • Tasting menu from: 75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 58
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 58
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22

Getting here

From M4 junction 11 take A33 towards Basingstoke. At 1st lights turn left, after garage turn left, 1 mile turn right at Six Bells pub. Restaurant 1st left (follow tourist signs)

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Three-course lunch from£32**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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