L’ortolan Celebrates 18th Anniversary With One-Off Greatest Hits Menu

Hit a high note with L’ortolan’s upcoming one-off Greatest Hits menu

Foodies, grab the nearest fork. Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant L’ortolan is turning 18 this September and to celebrate, they’re hosting a one-off menu of gourmet throwbacks on 11th & 12th September.

In celebration of this impressive anniversary, a delectably special menu bringing back the most popular dishes from throughout the restaurant’s history will be on offer for one night only.

Image shows Head Chef Tom Clarke

Plus, to add to the enchantment, a very special guest will be heading to the kitchen. Joining head Chef Tom Clarke will be L’ortolan’s original head chef, Alan Murchison.

Murchison headed up the kitchen for 14 years and was at the helm when L’ortolan was first awarded its Michelin star in 2003). He’ll be returning for this rare collaborative kitchen effort to mark the milestone.

Together the chefs will re-create some of L’ortolan’s greatest menu hits since opening.

Can’t make this diary date? Following the evening, some of the dishes featured will also remain on L’ortolan menus for the whole birthday month.


Highlights on the Greatest Hits will include delights such as  ‘Sandwich’- goose liver parfait, pain d’épice, (2007); ‘Beef’ – fillet of beef, horseradish pomme puree, Madeira jus (2012); and ‘Chocolate Mushroom’ – salted chocolate, coffee, blueberries (2016).

Celebrating over 16 years retaining a Michelin star, L’Ortolan continues to be a beacon of Berkshire’s fine dining restaurant scene.


The city’s only Michelin-starred eatery, L’Ortolan offers a unique quality in its style and setting.

Expect impeccable attention to detail in its dishes and service – with each dish meticulously plated and treated like a rare and delicate work of art.


Here’s a taste of the upcoming feast:

Crab, mango, fennel (2004)

Sesame crusted tuna, watermelon, wasabi (2011)

Goose liver parfait, pain d’épice, fig (2007)

Poached halibut, cucumber, nasturtium (2018)

Fillet of beef, horseradish pomme puree, Madeira jus (2012)

Toffee Apple
Apple parfait, salted caramel, pecans (2014)

Chocolate Mushroom
Salted chocolate, coffee, blueberries (2016)


Make it happen
When: Evening sitting, 11 – 12 September 2019
Where: Church Ln, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9BY
How:  £99 per person and tickets can be pre-booked at the restaurant



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