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The Golden Ball, Lower Assendon , Henley-On-Thames, RG9 6AH

Luscombes restaurant Henley on Thames
Luscombes restaurant Henley on Thames
Luscombes restaurant Henley on Thames

SquareMeal Review of Luscombes

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Situated just outside Henley-on-Thames, in leafy Lower Assendon, family-run Luscombes is “a restaurant with soul” – a likeable rural eatery that oozes pubby olde-worlde charms with its rustic furniture, warm neutral tones and cosy fireplace. Lunch is an affordable deal, while dinner is a classy but pleasantly unpretentious affair, with generous space between tables and a menu designed to whet the appetite. Chef/patron Stephen Luscombe, who trained with Marco-Pierre White, is passionate about locally sourced produce and his food is a “picture of reliability”: cheese soufflé is dressed up with celery and walnut salad), local venison and chicken pie with creamed mash pleases the traditionalists, and there’s pork belly with devils on horseback and winter cabbage too. Fish comes up from Stephen’s native Cornwall (think mackerel on toast or cod with BBQ cauliflower, apple, pine nuts, sherry vinegar and chips), while desserts such as raspberry soufflé are well worth the wait. With friendly, swift service and a well-considered wine list added to the mix, Luscombes is spot-on for the neighbourhood.

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Luscombes Location

The Golden Ball, Lower Assendon , Henley-On-Thames RG9 6AH

Opening times

Tues-Sun 12N-3pm Tues-Sat 6.30-10pm

Luscombes's Reviews


Food & Drink: 10.0


Service: 10.0


Atmosphere: 9.0


Value: 9.0


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
26 May 2014

Having decided to take a drive we stumbled on this pub and stayed for lunch. Not planning a big meal I had the chicken and leek pie whilst the boss enjoyed the lobster risotto. Both were absolutely superb, some of the best “pub” food either of us had had before. As a result we shared a dessert (caramelised banana and peanut butter ice cream) and could of had a second helping if we did not have to get back to London. Our baby daughter loved the staff so all in all a winner. Food with a couple glasses of wine around £65 with service. Will be back!


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

21 July 2013

we had an amazing evening here. the food was absolutely delicious. the seafood platter was the freshest and most delicious of its kind I have ever had… all yummy and the staff were delicious too

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