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|Address:||Shiplake Row, Binfield Heath, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 4DP|
|Tel:||0118 940 3673|
|Price: £36.00||Wine: £14.95||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 11.30am-3pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6.30-9.30pm|
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Update – Jun 12
What more can one ask – great atmosphere and some good food’n wine, but – a small but
Pheasant Egg & Pork Belly was the dish of the day
Asparagus minus the Orange Hollandaise sauce which was too buttery (or maybe I just don’t like the butter used presently) or more likely perhaps there was insufficient citrus to cut through the rich sauce, because this dish was excellent last time – tiny pieces of orange zest may have helped elevate the flavour or reduction of orange could have done it possibly . Nevertheless hot flavoursome asparagus with chopped pistachios and 3 quail’s eggs which produced sufficient sauce to make the hollandaise superfluous for my liking and therefore somewhat healthier – bonus!
In at third place was the lobster because it was so fresh, cooked to order, but it could have been eased with a kitchen knife at the shell edge just prior to plating up – remedy a steak knife which was promptly delivered.
Coming in at fourth place was Pork with garlic mushrooms sauteed with rosemary and parsley. Sadly the Pork T-Bone didn’t make the grade. Mushrooms stunning – we requested extra which duly arrived.
Still not impressed with the chips – they don’t seem quite like triple cooked to us. Good but very importantly dishes are seasoned properly.
The duo at the helm are not quite maintaining consistently good standard yet. Now, a big positive for me : At last a local restaurant with a good choice of wine by the glass ranging from reasonable to double figures for a champagne or for a very good burgundy – Great idea, especially when I often choose fish and partner chooses meat – gives more scope to match wines to food and gives you chance to have one small glass of quality if you are driving.
The new MD was not au-fait with the dishes listed on the menu and stumbled, but in fairness he is very new. Andrew has moved on, however, we still mourn Dylan now at Chapter 1 in Kent; he was a special talent. I am being rather picky here; I am sure we will get to know the successor. The balance of my last ‘glowing’ review needs redressing and I have adjusted the scores accordingly. Overall we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly but we know the potential of these guys, proved time and time again at our one time favourite haunt. If you like game and foraged locally sourced produce this is a place to visit in the area………Impressive having opened in the middle of a recession and two years on they are doing well, which says it all really.
I'd always considered Ryan a Great British Chef having dined at his restaurants dozens of times (Liam, sous chef and business partner can handle the pass too…you can watch them at work through the window they have fitted between ‘The Room’ and kitchen). My scores say it all. They have turned this pub/restuarant around and are now steadily and confidently striding back up to the usual high standard. It is only a matter of time before a Michelin star is re-gained. Weekends are regularly packed with punters. The ever evolving menus have changed since the Squaremeal review, e.g. no Muntjac Burger with TCC's anymore. Definitely one to watch!