About Orwells Restaurant
Orwells is located in the rural location of Binfield Heath, just 5 minutes from the town centre of Henley-on-Thames and 45 minutes from Oxford.
Orwells is housed within an old 18th Century pub building, but far from a pub, it is. It has a country atmosphere that boasts a contemporary feel. The style of food reflects the personalities of the chefs, whilst the ethos is to be true to sustainability and the seasons, it has rural provenance with a modern approach.
Orwells is recognised for their commitment to a sustainable approach for the future, and are also recognised by all major guides, picking up some prestigious awards along the way. Chefs Ryan Simpson & Liam Trotman previously achieved 2 AA Rosettes, a cooking score of 5/10 in the Good Food Guide and 1 Michelin Star at The Goose in 2010. After leaving The Goose Ryan and Liam went on to open Orwells in May 2010.
Since then Orwells has achieved 4 AA Rosettes, a cooking score of 7/10 in the Good Food Guide, a listing in the Michelin Guide and won The Good Food Guide’s Readers Restaurant of the Year 2012, and a 3 Gold Stars in the Sustainable Restaurant Association for being a champion of sustainability, as well as other local awards.
The chef’s ethos is to serve nothing but the highest quality food in a relaxed setting, free from frippery and fuss, where families, friends and colleagues can all feel equally at home. While you won’t find a bevvy of locals propping up at the bar, they do have a beautiful garden that, weather permitting, is open to drinkers as much as diners, and through the set lunch and dinner menus, they strive to offer something for every budget.
The ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible, reflect the best of what Britain can produce. They also have a smallholding and apiary where most of our fruit, vegetables and honey are produced just down the road from the restaurant. So, although they take a modern approach to food preparation, and they aren’t averse to the odd creative flourish, the idea of letting fabulous ingredients stand out is at the heart of what we do.