Emphasis on imaginative food but a proper public bar too, interesting sporting memorabilia and a pretty garden; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Particularly well run and homely in a smart way, you can be sure of a genuine welcome here. There are a few beams, red leather tub chairs, pale wood dining chairs and tables on oak floors or patterned carpet, plush red banquettes by the windows and a couple of log fires in brick fireplaces. Flowers and large house plants are dotted about, and the red walls are hung with a fair amount of sporting memorabilia and pictures (especially old rowing photos - Henley is very near) as well as signed rugby shirts and photos (the pub has its own rugby club) and maps of the Thames. Also, bar chairs line the light, modern counter where they keep Loddon Ferrymans Gold and Hoppit, Rebellion IPA and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, 15 wines by the glass from a thoughtfully chosen list, 40 malt whiskies and farm cider, all served by neat staff; they support WaterAid by charging £1 for a jug of iced water and at the time of writing have raised £6,000. Background music and TV. There's a separate dining room and a small room for private parties. The pretty garden has a covered barbecue area, teak furniture under huge parasols, some rather fun statues cut from box hedging and a timber play frame. The bedrooms are well equipped and comfortable and the breakfasts extremely good.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as lunchtime open sandwiches, the rewarding food includes smoked haddock soufflé with cheddar sauce, devilled lambs kidneys with crispy shallots, feta and spinach puff pastry roll with salsa verde, 28-day dry-aged burger with toppings, worcestershire mayonnaise and fries, chicken, ham and leek pie, king scallops with black pudding, pea purée, pancetta crisp and truffle oil, lamb shank with champ mash and red wine jus, bouillabaisse with rouille, and puddings such as profiteroles with chocolate sauce and baked alaska.
What They Say
Two miles from picturesque Henley-on-Thames in the village of Lower Shiplake. A 4 star Inn with a 2010 Visit Britain Silver Accolade, sitting on the Thames Path and 150m from Shiplake station.
It is the perfect blend of traditional village pub, award winning restaurant and superb accommodation. Internally, it retains a warm and homely atmosphere with with roaring log fires in the winter and a delightful garden in the summer.
The bar with its rugby and sporting memorabilia is a favourite with the locals and features three cask ales and over 40 malt whiskies.
Seasonal menus created by Head Chef, Marc Price, are based on modern British classics with Eastern and continental influences. All dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients and cooked to order.
The wine list contains 50 wines, 12 by the glass.
Our four well appointed ensuite rooms provide the prefect base from which to explore.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms
in: Childrens Indoor Bar