Originally the old Brakspears Brewery, this has been sympathetically-restored and now houses this hotel/restaurant.
Restaurants in the group offer a seasonally-changing menu of dishes; the chef being allowed to add a few of his own specialities.
While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
The menu changes a little each month, but a summer snapshot brought the likes of 'Black Pudding Mousse with Poached Egg Salad'; 'Chilled Pea Soup'; ' Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Toasted Brioche' and 'Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Rillette, Beetroot & Pea Jelly' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Pan-fried Turbot with Ratte Potatoes and Salmon Consommé'; 'Confit of Duck Leg with Pak Choi and Red Wine Jus'; 'Whole Squab Pigeon with Fricassé of Summer Beans' and 'Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille and Olive Mash' among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Gooseberry Fool with Lime Sorbet'; 'Honey-roasted Figs with Goats' Cheese Ice Cream; or Farmhouse Cheese, in peak condition.
No mobile phones.
If you plan ahead, you could stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: all week, 12.30-14.30; set Sun L £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses); mains from about £15 to £25. Bar L menu available.
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.45 (Fri & Sat 22.00); mains about £15 to £25
- Seats: 85, plus 16 outside
- Wine: A truly impressive wine list (about 700 bottles are listed) hasits roots in France, but travels the world. Prices are firm, and you might not necessarily be shown their list of wines by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Henley-on-Thames
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: enquire about Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available