As part of our pilgrimage to the Hand and Flowers in June we thought we’d continue the eating by checking out the finest restaurants that nearby Henley on Thames has to offer. And as you’ll read, they did not disappoint!
Henley is a beautiful Thameside town with Georgian architecture, boutique shops and a full array of warm and inviting pubs. Our plan was to eat (and drink around) the place. Having done a bit of research there was no doubt that the most popular place was new kid on the block, Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse. This eatery is already number one on trip advisor and has only been open since April! Located right on the river in the centre of Henley, diners can sit in the clean and airy dining room or right out on the sun deck, which is exactly what we did!
The standard ala carte menu was fairly pricey and having already had our wallets hit by the Hand and Flowers the previous day we opted for the set lunch menu – which at £22 for 3 courses was undeniably good value. As we chose what to eat elegant slates of canapés were brought to us. These, as the rest of the menu went on to prove, showcased the kitchen’s ability at executing modern, stylish and innovative food. On offer was a cube of asparagus panna cotta dusted with bacon crumb, mackerel rillettes on crostini, and Lincolnshire Poacher toasts. All in essence very simple but full of flavour to excite the tastebuds for the rest of the meal.