Emphasis on imaginative food but a proper bar too, interesting sporting memorabilia and a pretty garden; cosy, comfortable bedrooms

The good pub guide review

New owners arrived at this popular local spot in summer 2020 and promise to continue its emphasis on great food but in a more relaxed dining setting. The bar has a few beams, leather tub chairs and dining chairs around pine 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 pale walls are hung with a fair array of signed rugby shirts and rowing memorabilia, oars, pictures and river maps (Henley is a 35-minute walk away via the Thames Path or a four-minute train journey); TV. Bar chairs line the light, modern counter where they keep Loddon Hoppit, Rebellion IPA and two guests on handpump, 13 wines by the glass from a thoughtfully chosen list, 50 malt whiskies and farm cider, all served by friendly, enthusiastic staff. The separate restaurant plays background music when it's quiet, and there's occasional live music too. A pretty garden has a covered barbecue area, teak furniture and picnic-sets under parasols. The four bedrooms are well equipped and comfortable and the breakfasts are excellent. Dogs are welcome everywhere except the restaurant, and even get their own 'beer'. Wheelchair access using a ramp; no disabled loos.

The good pub guide food review

Creative food includes lunchtime open sandwiches, tempura soft shell crab with chimichurri and crumpet crisps, moules marinière, octopus and heritage tomato salad, grilled flank steak with herb butter and chips, grilled smoked mackerel with black olives, crushed new potatoes and sauce verjus, wild boar ragoût with pappardelle, salt-baked beetroot with toasted barley, leaves and honey dressing, 'family feasts' such as whole roast chicken and salmon wellington (advance notice required), and puddings such as banana cake with baked figs and vanilla ice-cream and orange crème brûlée.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

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

(0118) 940 3332

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: 11-11

Sunday: 12-10.30