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  1. #91
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    We just got back from a week on the Thames - Windsor to Abingdon and back, experienced lots of different weather!!

    We had some BBQs when the weather allowed but we also ate out. Some of these are the big chain restaurants so nothing that exciting..

    Wagamama, Windsor - Same as everywhere, quick, reasonable, kare lomen is my favourite.

    Zizzi, Henley - Good pizza/pasta, excellent service in this one.

    The Bull, Sonning - Very nice old style pub/restaurant, needed to book mid week and lovely Fuller's beer.

    Chequers, Henley - This is where it all went wrong, we couldn't get a table until 9pm which was ok. We arrived at 8:40pm, got a drink in the bar and let them know we were there and were told no problem we'll come and get you. 9:05pm nothing, checked and told yes, yes we will come and get you. 9:15pm still nothing and when we asked again told we are busy we'll come and get you. At this point there are numerous empty laid up tables and a group of 4 walks up with no reservation and gets seated. 9:20pm I tell them we have had enough of waiting and they were very uninterested. So we went over the road to Pizza Express as it was getting late and we were hungry. After all the reviews on here we were looking forward to it but I'm not sure I can be bothered to go back.

    Thai Square Windsor - Lovely Thai food and good service, would recomend.

    Carluccio's Windsor - Superb Italian food, loved the spaghetti vongole and a really good espresso and limoncello to finish.

  2. #92
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradtarga34 View Post
    Had a very good meal at Chez Gerard in Henley today. Haven't been to one before, but very impressed with the food and service, spot on!
    There's a 2 for 1 voucher on their website offers page at the moment.

  3. #93
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    Apr 2006
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    Default Bel and the Dragon - Cookham

    Had a fantastic lunch there the hoer day, quality of food and service couldn't be faulted, and very smart both inside and out the back after the recent . The blue Devon lobster in warm garlic butter was absolutely sensational!

  4. #94
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    what is the procedure of online booking for 6 people? if they don't have valid id proof .

  5. #95
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    May 2011
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    Default Henley: La Barca

    Had a fantastic tapas lunch at La Barca, a new restaurant in the old Hobs chandlery building on the river front.

    Great food (seems the Spanish owner is a food importer and clearly has access to great ingredients)....very good service....bright modern decor...choice of indoor or outdoor eating.....all Spanish staff.

    Lunch for two, incl a bottle of Cava and 6-7 tapas dishes was around £65 inc service.

    The only thing which I did not like was them automatically adding a service charge: it's such arrogance in a restaurant, leaving you only the option to make a fuss if the service is poor....

    Regardless: this was worth every penny.
    oops.....is the water supposed to be coming in there?

  6. #96
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    Jan 2006
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    Default Villa Marina - Henley

    Went here on our recent holiday trip, and took advantage of their lunch offer. 3 courses for £16.50.
    This is a great restaurant, but can work out quite expensive for a evening meal, so it is really worth doing their lunch deal if you get the chance. A good choice of starters and mains and then you choose from the desert trolley. Food is top class plus the service is what you expect from a traditional italian restaurant.
    Our meal came to about £60 for the 2 of us, but we did have a glass of champagne each followed by a few more glasses of wine each.

  7. #97
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    Nov 2006
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    Default Runnymede hotel

    Pre booked for dinner and overnight stay on 10th august.

    Concerned about depth of mooring - 'Emma' from guest relations popped out with a stick and actually measured it for me! 5* for that! (1.1m Staines end, deepening progressively to 1.5m at lock end)

    Mooring was supposedly reserved, so slightly disappointed to find a slipper occupying it on arrival. However, turns out slipper had run out of fuel, so he left as soon as he had run to the petrol station and refuelled. Can't really blame the hotel for someone else's poor fuel management.

    Dinner was at the Leftbank (one of three restaurants there) and was a buffet style affair. We both had a mix of hot and cold starters, the calimari was notable as being excellent - light, crisp and fresh batter, and very tender squid.

    Main course for me was an excellently cooked pork roast. I have to say that it was really very good (bit of a pork fan, into slow cooking and smoking myself) so I was very impressed at the melt in the mouth texture, full flavour and delightfully crisp crackling. Veggies were nicely prepared (ie not boiled to sludge) but a little predictable. Carrots, broccoli, cabbage etc... Three types of gravy, again very flavoursome. Service from the polish waitresses was quick and efficient (I hate waiting!) but SWMBO did complain that she was leant across at one point rather the the waitress walking to the other side of the table.

    £54 for both.

    Overall, 4* for dinner food and service.

    Overnight mooring uneventful and free.

    We hadn't booked breakfast, but having been impressed with dinner we thought we'd have that too. Unfortunate start to the proceedings though, as when I asked for a table for breakfast, the maitre'd informed us that "there are children in there, so I would recommend going somewhere else" "ok" say I, "we can cope with that, we'd still like a table cos we're here by boat so this is convenient, and your food is nice". Cue slightly annoyed expression and Mexican stand off type stare.... "so, can we?" I prompt.. She eventually relented and showed us to a table in the only half full restaurant. At this point the service resumed the previous evenings higher standard, and we both had fruit and pastries to start, and full English for main. Again, very good standard of food - fresh, good quality ingredients nicely cooked.

    4* for food, 4* for waitresses, 1* for odd maire'd behaviour.

    £36 overall.

    I would go again but maybe pre book breakfast to circumvent slight oddness from maitre'd.

    Recommended.

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    I wouldn't take any **** from staff like that.

    I'll accept slack service as being part of modern culture and all that, but 'The stare' as you so beautifully put it is one step away from fisticuffs IMHO.

  9. #99
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    On our way back from the Forum get together in Windsor we stopped overnight in Henley and had a very enjoyable meal in La Barca, they weren't very busy so we had plenty of time to chat to the very friendly and informative staff.

    Looks like they have very attractive lunch offerings too.

  10. #100
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    Default The wharf restaurant

    The wharf is a lovely restaurant on the old toughs boat yard site at teddington lock, based in an old boat house, when i visited they had a jazz band on a sunday afternoon

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