My wife and I stayed here while attending a wedding. Many of the other guests had booked into the likes of Hotel du Vin, however we were on a shoestring budget and had resigned ourselves to finding a simple spot just to crash for the night; we were not expecting luxury. When we arrived, the landlady was friendly and helpful. She remarked that the building was 600 years old. This was certainly reflected in the height of the ceilings, which were very low: I had to go up and down the stairs on all fours. I wondered to myself how they got the furniture in.
Our room was reasonably well appointed with a comfortable bed, wardrobe and sofa. The en-suite bathroom was behind a massive old chimney breast, which, although there was no door on it per se, provided cover from view. A number of disused and sealed old doors bore witness to alterations that must have occurred over the centuries.
We had arranged for a snack at lunchtime. It duly arrived on time and consisted of huge doorstop ham and mustard sandwiches, chips, and a bowl of salad as a sop to healthy eating. This was washed down with a pint of the local Brakspears' ale. This set us up nicely for the afternoon and evening to come.
Arriving back later the worse for wear, it was pleasing to find a lively atmosphere in the bar generated by a group of friendly and interesting people. After an unnecessary nightcap, I slept like a log. The next morning we were treated to a hangover-busting fry-up, washed down with about a gallon of tea poured from a union-jack teapot.
In summary, this whistle-stop visit could hardly be faulted. We enjoyed our brief stay and thought it very good value for money. We were glad we didn't go to Hotel du Vin. The only slight fly in the ointment, if you can call it that, was the lack of parking. You have to park at Waitrose a few hundred yards away, but by no means let this put you off. (You are allowed to pull up outside to load/unload).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Row Barge is one of Henley’s oldest coaching inns. Not far from the town centre, you can find us 100 yards from the Town Hall on West Street, just behind the fire station. In a quiet residential area yet only moments from the centre of town and the stunning walks along the Thames, this 16th Century traditional pub will satisfy those in search of a good drink, great home-cooked food and a warm and comforting welcome, for both locals and visitors alike. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Row Barge Hotel Henley-On-Thames