The best restaurants in Henley-on-Thames

It’s not just Henley Royal Regatta that draws the crowds to this pretty Oxfordshire town. With a plethora of restaurants and gastro pubs - many within walking distance to the River Thames - it’s the perfect place to visit for tasty food and a relaxed atmosphere. With so many pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from, we have done the hard work for you and created a list of must-visit eateries in Henley-on-Thames and the surrounding area.

Updated on 30 March 2020

With Marlow just around the corner, Henley-on-Thames has some stiff competition for drawing the foodie crowd, but this appears to simply enhance the offerings that this 12th century market town has to offer. 

If you are looking for fine dining then you can explore restaurants such as the Bistro at Hotel du Vin or The Boathouse, for refined fare served with extra flare. Gastropubs are most definitely the town’s strength, with a selection of traditional pubs offering local craft ales, well-chosen wine selections and hearty British grub that could satisfy anyone’s appetite. 

Henley is also home to a star-studded crowd, with Philip Schofield and Orlando Bloom said to own properties in the town. A host of independent shops, cafes and art galleries create a fun place to explore. Or you can simply take a walk along the Thames and discover the route that many Olympic rowers have travelled over the years.

The crowds gather for the likes of Henley Festival and Henley Royal Regatta but really any time of year this pretty town is a hotspot for tourists looking to take in some British countryside. Whether you are local to Henley or looking for your next staycation destination, explore the best restaurants that Henley has to offer.

Orwells

Orwells

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

Named after George Orwell, who spent his childhood in the area, this brilliant eatery near Henley has been painstakingly realised by the dynamic duo of Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman. 

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
Gastropub
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Crooked Billet Stoke Row

Crooked Billet Stoke Row

Newlands Lane, Stoke Row, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5PU

Top quality food with eclectic overtones make this country pub a unique find. The quiet village location of Stoke Row is found between Henley on Thames and Reading.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
H Cafe

H Cafe

22 Market Place , Oxfordshire, RG9 2AH

Offering ‘something to suit all tastes, appetites and schedules’, Harrods first cafe venture outside of London is a must-visit for locals and tourists. Oh, and you can even have your Harrods orders delivered there.

Under £30
Afternoon tea
International
The Little Angel

The Little Angel

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

This quaint country pub is hidden just the other side of the Henley bridge and serves a traditional British menu. Eclectic decor and a recent refurbishment create a cosy setting.

Under £30
Gastropub
The Crown at Burchetts Green

The Crown at Burchetts Green

Burchetts Green Road, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6QZ

A little out of town but well worth the trip is The Crown at Burchetts Green. Set within a pretty Berkshire village, this family-run restaurant is small in size but big in character.

£30 - £49
British
French
Luscombes

Luscombes

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

Situated just outside Henley in leafy Lower Assendon, Luscombes is an attractive eatery that oozes pubby olde-worlde charms with its rustic furniture, warm neutral tones and cosy fireplace.

£50 - £79
British
The Bottle & Glass Inn

The Bottle & Glass Inn

Bones Lane, Binfield Heath, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4JT

Locals are congratulating themselves on this newish rendition of The Bottle & Glass, a quaint inn with a thatched roof and characterful bar, located just a short drive out of Henley. 

£30 - £49
Gastropub
Bistro at The Boathouse

Bistro at The Boathouse

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

You can't really beat this restaurant's river views coupled with a spectacular menu, headed up by chef Shaun Dickens. For a worthy fine dining experience head to the Bistro at The Boathouse.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley

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

Less than a minute's walk from the Thames, Hotel du Vin & Bistro in Henley offers refined French dishes and British classics for both diners and its hotel guests alike.

The Angel on The Bridge

The Angel on The Bridge

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

The Angel’s USP is its treasured riverside location, which is reckoned to be Henley’s finest: it’s perched at the edge of Henley Bridge and looks out over the Regatta finishing post. 

£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Five Horseshoes

The Five Horseshoes

Maidensgrove, Henley-on-Thames, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6EX

Perched at the top of a winding hill, The Five Horseshoes is a little out of town and is filled with rustic charm, from its comfort-food menu to the wooden beams and open fires.

Under £30
Gastropub
Hurley House Restaurant

Hurley House Restaurant

Henley Road, Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5LH

This 18th-century pub in Hurley has been transformed into a luxury hotel with a restaurant to rival some of Henley's top gastro pubs. A  hearty British menu and extensive wine list do not disappoint.

£30 - £49
British
The Baskerville

The Baskerville

7 Station Road, Lower Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3NY

This 1930's red brick inn is found in. the neighbouring town of Shiplake and offers a cosy setting. Don't be fooled by the rustic setting, the menu is filled with refined British dishes.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub

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