Eateries Round & About Henley-on-Thames
5th April 2013
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The Baskerville Station Road RG9 3NY 0118 940 3332

I have always liked the Baskerville but to be honest have not been there for quite a while. So on Easter Monday I drove the car to Shiplake Station and cycled back home to Henley. This meant that we could walk along the river to the Baskerville and then have the car to drive home. Despite it being a desperately cold Easter Monday the walk from Henley via Marsh Lock to Shiplake was lovely. The cold weather certainly enhanced the appetite! Being a real ale fan the Baskerville is a good place to visit as they have two of my favourite beers, Landlord from Timothy Taylor and Hoppit from Loddon Brewery. Also on tap was Doom Bar and London Pride. The pint of Landlord was quickly despatched. It looks like the front bar has had a makeover, and you can just go for a pint. The restaurant had a lot of bookings for the time that we arrived but we were quickly seated and dealt with. The Baskerville restaurant has a warm and friendly feel to it and the service was excellent. Also excellent was the food. With five of us dining I won't describe everything chosen but just to say that all five of us were delighted with our choices. Especially popular was the Scotch Egg starter, the Steak and Kidney Pie and the Chicken. This was the first day of the Baskerville's new Spring Menu. We really liked the Baskerville and would recommend a visit either for just a drink, snack or a full meal. Also noticed that they hold special village nights featuring a limited British menu with money off house wine. The Baskerville has an AA Special Dinnner Award.

The Plowden Arms Reading Road RG9 4BX 0118 940 2794

Under new tenants Matthew Woodley and Ruth Peters. They are serving old fashioned dishes such as a starter of Herrings in Oatmeal and a main course of Salt Cod, Bacon and Pease Pudding. Must get along there to try the food and feedback on here.


Flowing Spring Reading Road RG4 9RB 0118 969 9878

Now featured in CAMRA’s real ale guide and does serve a good pint of Fullers ESB. Interesting food menu but not eaten here yet.

Shoulder of Mutton Playhatch RG4 9QU 0118 947 3908

Like this pub for food and drink

The Crown Playhatch RG4 9QN 0118 947 2872


Orwells Shiplake Row RG9 4DP 0118 940 3673

Have eaten here twice now and think that the food and service are excellent. Ryan and Liam who run and cook have won 3 AA Rosettes. Their claim is to” take rural cooking and deliver a modern approach”

Bottle & Glass Harpsden Road RG9 4JT 01491 575755


Bird In Hand Peppard Road RG4 9NP 0118 972 3230

The Butchers Arms Blounts Court Road RG4 9RS 0118 972 1490

Hare & Hounds Woodlands Road RG4 9TE0118 972 2041

Daisy’s Coffee Shop The Herb Farm, Peppard Road RG4 9NJ 0118 972 3652

The Bay Trees 25 Woodlands Road RG4 9SJ0118 327 1128

Vintage Tea and Coffee rooms. Treat yourself to a lovely cream tea.


The Reformation Horsepond Road RG4 9BP 0118 972 3126

The New Inn Chalkhouse Green Road RG4 9AU 0118 972 3115

Nakhon Thai Reading Road RG4 9HE 0118 972 3116


The Cherry Tree Stoke Row Road RG9 5QA01491 680430

Crooked Billet Newlands Lane RG9 5PU 01491 681048


The Unicorn Colmore Lane, Kingwood Common RG9 5LX 01491 628674

The Red Lion Peppard Common RG9 5LB 01491 628329

The Greyhound Gallowstree Road RG9 5HT 0118 972 2227

Ruchetta Peppard Common RG9 5JU 01491 628343 /

We have driven past Ruchetta many times and have always said that we must give it a try. So in February we did book a table. The first thing that we noticed when we arrived was how busy Ruchetta was. However we soon were seated and got a very friendly welcome. What we didn’t know was that we had booked for one of their popular music evenings. Ruchetta serves a traditional Italian menu very well. The food was excellent and despite being very busy the service was prompt. We enjoyed the food and would definitely visit again. Worth checking whether there is a music night or not as it was quite intrusive. We didn’t mind as the singer was covering lots of old favourites and everyone joined in.


The Malsters Rotherfield Greys RG9 4QD 01491 628400

A favourite with us. Always a friendly welcome from Peter, Helen and their team. Food is of the welcoming sort and gets good reviews on Trip Advisor. Often have French food brought over by the Landlord.


The Rising Sun Witheridge Hill, Highmoor RG9 5PF 01491 640856


The Black Horse A real ale favourite of mine serving West Berkshire Ales and a guest. No airs and graces here just a lovely rural setting and good beer. A real step back in to how a country pub used to be many decades ago. No food. Long may it continue!! On National Cycle Route 5 from Reading to Oxford.

Four Horseshoes

The Highway Man


The White Hart

The Field Kitchen



The Bull Reading Road, Streatley RG8 9JJ 01491 872392

John Barleycorn Manor Road, Goring RG8 9DP 01491 872509

Catherine Wheel Station Road, Goring RG8 9HB 01491 872379

Masoom’s High Street, Goring RG8 9AT 01491 875078

Swan Streatley RG8 9HR 01491 878800

Miller of Mansfield High Street,  Goring RG8 9AW 01491 872829

Pierreponts High Street, Goring RG8 9AB 01491 874464

Leatherne Bottel Goring RG8 0HS

Perch & Pike The Street, South Stoke RG8 0JS 01491 872415

The Springs Wallingford Road, North Stoke OX10 6BE 01491 836687


Woody Nook Goring Road, Woodcote RG8 0SD 01491 680775

The Red Lion

The Black Lion


Fat Fox 13 Shirburn Street, Watlington OX49 5BU 01491 613040

Carriers Arms

Chequers 58 Love Lane Watlington OX49 5RA 01491 612874

Run by Andy Stokes who used to manage the Stag & Huntsman at Hambleden

Lord Nelson Brightwell Baldwin, Watlington OX49 5NP 01491 612497

Red Lion Britwell Salome, Watlington OX49 5LG 01491 613140

Half Moon Cuxham, Watlington OX49 5NF


Fox & Hounds Christmas Common OX49 5HL 01491 612599


The Quince Tree Stonor RG9 6HE 01491 639039

The Crown at Pishill Pishill RG9 6HH 01491 638364


Rainbow Middle Assendon RG9 6AU  01491 574879

Luscombes Lower Assendon RG9 6AH 01491 574157

Have always had great food and service at Luscombes. Recommended for fine dining.


The Five Horseshoes Maidensgrove RG9 6EX  01491 641282


Stag & Huntsman Hambleden RG9 6RP 0844 249 1144

Dog and Badger MedmenhamSL7 2HE  01491 571362

Frog Skirmett RG9 6TG 01491 638996

Chequers Fingest RG9 6QD 01491 638335

Bull and Butcher Turville RG9 6QU 01491 638283

Danesfield House Hotel Henley Raod, Marlow SL7 2EY 01628 891010


Black Boys Henley Road, Hurley SL6 5NQ 01628 824212

Olde Bell High Street, Hurley SL6 5LX 01628 825881

Rising Sun High Street, Hurley SL6 5LT 01628 825733

Red Lyon Henley Road, Hurley SL6 5LH 01628 823558

Dew Drop Inn Honey Lane, Hurley  01628 824327

Flower Pot Ferry Lane, Aston. RG9 3DG 01491 574721


The St.George and Dragon High Street RG10 8HY 0118 940 4474

The Bull High Street RG10 8EP 08432 891773

The Old Post Office 55 High Street RG10 8BU 0118 940 4800

The Horns Crazies Hill RG10 8LY  0118 940 6222



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Gill and Phil C

Member since: 9th July 2012

Hi, We are Phil and Gill Chappell. We own the Best of Henley-on-Thames. We live in Henley so would love to hear your views and opinions about all things Henley.

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