The best restaurants in Henley-on-Thames

It’s not just the Henley Royal Regatta that draws the crowds to this pretty Oxfordshire town. Beyond the scenic riverside views, and quaint brick houses, is a plethora of restaurants and gastropubs to choose from. There’s fine dining restaurants, more relaxed bistros, and even a humble railway cafe. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you, and created a list of must-visit eateries in Henley-On-Thames, so you can enjoy some stress free dining in this beautiful part of the country.

Updated on 08 June 2023

With Marlow just around the corner, Henley-On-Thames has some stiff competition for drawing in the foodie crowd, but this small town is not to be underestimated, as it comes with its own impressive list of eateries. Whilst there may not be any Michelin star entries to the list, the best restaurants in Henley still include AA Rosette accolades, and cosy gastro pubs, as well as some cheaper cafe options.

In such a quintessentially British town, it’s no surprise that pubs are paramount here, with options along the river or set back in quiet surrounds. You’ll find something that’s suitable for any occasion, including somewhere that’s one of the most photographed and painted pubs in England, as well as one that’s over 250 years old. The great thing is, Henley offers delicious food at either end of the scale, whether it’s a big burger and chips you’re after, or somewhere with fine dining to celebrate a special anniversary.

Of course, with a waterside location as beautiful as here, it would be criminal to not make the most of it. Thankfully, there are some riverside restaurants perfect for soaking up the sun and taking in the stunning setting - from small family run bistros to bustling pubs great for meeting up with friends.

Henley has always been more commonly known for the Royal Regatta held here every year which sees some of the world’s best rowers flock to the quaint town, as well as the Henley Festival, which celebrates all of the finest music and arts the UK and elsewhere have to offer. But we’d like to take this moment to appreciate the food scene here, give credit where it’s due, and champion all of the independent restaurants.

So without further adieu, take a look through our list to find out for yourself.

Coppa Club Henley

Coppa Club Henley

49-51 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BG

Coppa Club is dotted around the UK, offering an all day dining restaurant with stylish interiors and an impressive cocktail list. The site in Henley is the most intimate of the lot, and is offering up dishes like salmon carpaccio, baked spiced aubergine and fennel sausage ragu.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Villa Marina

Villa Marina

18 Thameside, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 1BH

Villa Marina is a small, independant Italian in the heart of Henley. It’s been serving food to locals for 25 years, and has gained a loyal following during its time there. On the menu, you can expect to find dishes like seafood spaghetti in a garlic and tomato sauce, cacio e pepe, and lemon sole in a lobster bisque.

£30 - £49
Italian
The Little Angel

The Little Angel

Remenham Lane, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2LS

The Little Angel is a charming pub that sits just back from the River Thames, and is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Inside you’ll find a cosy space with log burners and chesterfield sofas, then to the back of the restaurant there’s both a conservatory boasting lots of natural light, and a garden for when the weather permits.

Under £30
Gastropub
Buddy

Buddy's Cafe

Railway Station, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AY

It’s not often that a railway cafe makes it into our list of best restaurants, but Buddy’s breakfast & burgers has such a great reputation that it was impossible not to include it. Expect sizable Full English’s, loaded baps, and a selection of hearty burgers. Our favourite is the pork belly burger with a honey, apricot and mustard glaze.

Under £30
Burgers
British
Orwells

Orwells

Shiplake Row, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4DP

If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate, then head to Orwells for a truly special experience. There’s an a la carte option on offer, as well as a tasting menu which you can pair with a wine flight if you’re really looking to push the boat out.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
Gastropub
The Angel on The Bridge

The Angel on The Bridge

Thameside, Henley-on-Thames,, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BH

This iconic pub sits right on the River Thames, and dates all the way back to 1728. Even if you’ve never been, the chances are you’ve seen it, as it’s one of the most painted and photographed pubs in England. Perfect for tucking into some classic pub grub whilst you watch the boats go by.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Shellfish Cow

Shellfish Cow

53-55 Reading Road, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AB

If you’re looking for somewhere to get your seafood fix in Henley, then Shellfish Cow is a no brainer. Expect Cornish crab, Devon scallops, and Fowey mussels, all best washed down with some English sparkling wine.

£50 - £79
British
The Cheesy Grape

The Cheesy Grape

4 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AH

It’s always a good time for cheese, charcuterie and fine wines, and there’s no better place to go for it than The Cheesy Grape. If you want to really indulge, then go for the fondue made with gruyere, comte, emmental and wine.

£30 - £49
Cheese
French
The Argyll

The Argyll

15 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AA

The Argyll has been around for 250 years, serving traditional ales and pub food. The menu is varied, so expect anything from crispy gyozas to BBQ baby back ribs, as well as a selection of roasts every Sunday. Plus, if you’re after a claim to fame, it was also used as a location for Midsomer Murders.

£30 - £49
Pubs
British
The Square Henley

The Square Henley

10 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AH

The Square is a traditional Portuguese restaurant bringing a slice of the Algarve to Henley. Located just a stone's throw from the Town Hall, it’s a great spot to refuel after a day of strolling along the river.

£30 - £49
Portuguese
Al Forno Henley

Al Forno Henley

59 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AB

Al Forno is a family run restaurant that serves traditional Italian food cooked in a wood burning oven. You can tuck into anything from spaghetti vongole to veal escalope with butter and lemon, but we’d recommend trying one of the freshly baked pizzas on offer.

£30 - £49
Italian
The Hart Street Tavern

The Hart Street Tavern

Eversley House, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AU

Hart Street Tavern is a quintessentially British gastropub in the heart of Henley, serving a selection of salads, pizzas, steaks, snacks and more. All of the food is top quality, but don’t leave without trying one of the flatbreads cooked in the wood fired oven.

£50 - £79
British
The Relais Henley - Clipper Restaurant

The Relais Henley - Clipper Restaurant

Hart St,, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AR

The Clipper Restaurant at The Relais Hotel is an elegant, all day dining restaurant that gives the feel of an English country house. Expect to find plenty of classic dishes on the menu such as steak tartare, confit duck croquettes and poached crusted pavé of salmon.

£30 - £49
British
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley

New Street, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP

Hotel Du Vin is proof that chain restaurants can be just as good as the rest of them. It’s known for its classic French menu, and effortlessly chic interior, and is a foolproof option for date nights in the town.

Bistro at The Boathouse

Bistro at The Boathouse

Station Road, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AZ

Bistro at the Boathouse is a small family run restaurant with a big reputation. Known for its riverside terrace and quality food, it’s a go-to for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop by for breakfast to beat the crowds, and soak up Henley at its best.

£30 - £49
Modern European

If you’re looking to explore more of the local area, and try some restaurants beyond the border of Henley, then Marlow is a must visit. It’s full of an array of impressive restaurants, cafes and pubs, but is most well known for celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s ventures in the village.

The Coach and Two Michelin star Hand & Flowers are both owned by the renowned chef, and are the reason that Marlow has been put on the culinary map. Aside from this, you’ll find a variety of cuisines like Thai, Italian, and even two Indian options from another celebrity chef, Atul Kochhar.

Check out our list of restaurants local to Marlow, to explore for yourself.

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