Luscombes 22

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

2 reviews

55 British Oxfordshire

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

SquareMeal Review of Luscombes

Situated just outside Henley-on-Thames, in leafy Lower Assendon, Luscombes is a “delightful” 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 “consistently excellent” cooking gives classic dishes a contemporary work-out – as in cheese soufflé with celery and walnut salad, local venison and chicken pie with creamed mash or fillet of beef with hash browns, sprouting broccoli, shallot purée and Shiraz sauce. Fish comes up from Stephen’s native Cornwall (think mussel soup with saffron or cod with cod with BBQ cauliflower, apple, pine nuts, sherry vinegar and chips), while desserts such as raspberry soufflé are “absolutely worth the visit”, according to one admiring fan. With friendly, swift service and a well-considered wine list added to the mix, Luscombes “never disappoints”. 

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Henley-on-Thames Station 3km

Shiplake Station 6km


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

Opening times

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

Nearby Landmarks

Swiss Farm 1km

Badgemore Park Golf Club 1km


Telephone: 01491 574157


Cuisine: British

Lunch: £13.50/15.95 (2/3 courses) Wed-Sat


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Colin M. 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: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Helen J. 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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