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Reviewed May 8, 2012

This private club with hotel rooms is a hidden gem! We found it through Daily Mail review and it can't be beaten for peace and quiet, and a heavenly riverside location. We were upgraded to the Bridal Suite as it was our 30th wedding anniversary, and the room was huge, with enormous bay windows looking over the gardens and river. Food at dinner was delicious, and the staff delightful.

Room Tip: The Bridal Suite is by far the best room, or any of the other deluxe rooms, facing over the river, and larger. Did not see the standard rooms, but I should think all would be okay.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank betseybooc
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Step back in time and you are in the club - the way things use to be done and standards maintained in dress and service we all think have long gone

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank PeterTReading
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Came to Phyllis court for my husbands birthday as this was where we got married!
Was treated like King and Queen for the weekend, everyone was so lovely to us it made the celebration so much more memorable.
The room we stayed in was first class and it was so well equipped it was like home from home apart from we don't have a roll top bath!
Thankyou to all concerned for making our stay and my husbands birthday such a special one.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Thank Bkhj1510
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Foreword
This review is to do with the DINING excellence of Phyllis Court Club: I have not experienced any of its 17 hotel accommodation rooms. I could not get tripadvisor to recognise Phyllis Court under its restaurant category.

The history of Phyllis Court (on the Marlow Road at Henley-on-Thames, on the banks of the river, and overlooking the Henley Royal Regatta course) goes back to 1301. Popular opinion links its name to that of a red rose: in old speak "fyllis" or "filletts". It was a red rose that was the nominal rent paid for the land on which today, Phyllis Court sits. Founded as a Club 105 years ago, a rose forms part of its emblem.

Onwards
My wife and I were among a dozen other guests at a recent (19 November '11) private dinner held in one of the Club's private rooms. Attractive and spacious in itself, it matched perfectly the bar/lounge areas in which the Champagne reception was held.

The 4-course dinner, plus coffee and petits fours, was chosen by the host, in conjunction with Head Chef, Greg Lewis. It was, along with each course's wine paring, a triumph. This was no Tonka Toy cooking but rather, Bugatti Grand Sports L'or Blanc.

The opening course: Seared Atlantic Halibut, wrapped in Parma ham, chervil beurre blanc and melted celeriac was celestial. Riesling (100%), Reichsrat, Von Buhl, 2009, with its citrus fragrance, did the Halibut proud, just as it did its 'bolt ons'.

Course #2: Slow Cooked Fillet of USDA (United States Dept. of Agriculture) Prime Beef, glazed root vegetables, pancetta, confit of piccolo parsnips, port jus. Undeniably, the UK generally and Scotland particularly, produces some first-rate beef but I am here to tell you that this particular American variety was up there with the very, very best. No question here about 'how would you like it done?' because it all came out the same ... attributable, apparently, to the 'water bath' technique. Neither the steadfast rare beef eaters, nor the well done-ers, had a problem. The root vegetables were, in fact, all 'piccolo' - not just the parsnips. They were a dispersed melange of colourful, attractive, 'dear little things'. The decanted South African (Stellenbosch) Cabernet Sauvignon Tokara 2008 that came with this dish was gentle and plummy: another brilliant choice.

Course #3
The 'pud' took precedence over the cheese ... in the English, rather than the French style. And this was quite right, following such a magnificent beef course. Lemon Tart with raspberry sorbet, sugared pistachio nuts and dark chocolate ganache. This was the sort of number that, had have it taken centre stage in the window of a patisserie on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, you'd want to have it gift-wrapped to bring back to the UK. Now for the 'pudding wine'. How clever was the host to choose Tannat, Alcyone, Atlantida?! This Uruguayan wine, made from 100% Tannat grapes, is silky and intense. In short, it's a joy to behold. If you get a chance, try it and see for yourself. You'll love too its rich, red (yes, red) colour.

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It's good to be presented with a sensible selection of international cheeses, at ROOM temperature and not straight from the frig or the cold room. And for the traditionalists, out too came the water biscuits, grapes and celery. Out also came the Quinta do Crasto Vintage port.

Good coffee was served with a choice of two different, quite exquisite petits fours - one of which was a delectable little green number that either was, or in the style of, the Parisian Laduree merangues.

A 5-Star rating and the usual number of Hip-hip-hoorays' to: the host ... head chef Greg Lewis and his brigade ... and the front-of-house team. And DO take a look at the Phyllis Court website: www.phylliscourt.co.uk

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Barton-bonviveur
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Well it was "Bonfire Night" when we stayed, but what better start to the evening than a glass of champagne and a magnificent firework display. Everything was excellent, only minutes from the town centre but in a haven of tranquility on the river. Rooms superb and breakfast first class.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TheOldHotelier
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