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Henley Riverside
My name is Eva, together with my family (and dog) we moved to Henley temporarily in 2015. Absolutely fell in love with it, and we are here to stay. So I was asked to write this, to give you some guidelines and whet your appetite about visiting our gorgeous town. Henley is not a big place, but it has many pubs. If you fancy visiting several of them, then there is The Henley Ale Trail.  It doesn’t have to be finished in one go. Better not to really! My favourite pub is the Station House, the old police station. Make sure you see the original cells towards the back of the pub if you visit. The best pub garden is definitely in The Anchor on Friday street.
The only pub you can watch the world go by, river wise, is The Angel on the bridge. Gets busy on the deck there in the summer, but can spend hours watching vessels go past. All the pubs are dog friendly, and quite a few cafes too. The oldest building in town is The Old Bell pub on Bell street. All the pubs would serve you a cup of tea. Angel
The Old Bell If you are Midsomer Murder fans then several buildings in town has been featured, and The Argyll pub was the pub that Barnaby had a pint in, many moons ago. There’s a plaque outside on the wall, and Neil the landlord is very happy to talk to you about it. Last year they filmed by the Hotel du Vin Hotel. At the top end of town you have George Harrison’s (of Beatles fame) home, Friar Park. Cannot see a lot of it, but very impressive gates. His widow still lives there. He wrote a song about the towpath in Henley. Any swimmers/ walkers/rowers will get the goose crap line in the lyrics. It is called Pisces Fish. Look it up.
If you want to show your respect to Dusty Springfield, her grave/ memorial is in the grave yard in St. Mary’s Church, by the Red Lion Hotel. You will also pass the new living wall opposite the entrance to the church.
Henley Town Centre
The best place for breakfast is probably, The Chocolate Café on the river front. Not dog friendly, but if it’s good weather and you have a dog then ask them for a take away and sit on the steps in Singers Park in front.  There’s also a lovely little Italian Café on Bell street, Café Buendia, opposite Boots that do a mean full English. Lunch and dinner to satisfy many palates and wallets all around town. Have a look around. Fine Dining is found at Shaun Dickens.  Best Fish and Chip shop seems to be divided among us residents. I prefer the one on Kings Road, but it is more or less opposite my house.
If you want to go on the river, instead of swimming in it, then Hobbs of Henley will hire you a vessel for an hour or more.  one hour rental is perfect and fun to do a round trip between the locks. They also have trips on their bigger boats several times every day. (Never been on one, but would like to) Look out for Henley’s “mock” Mississippi steam wheeler, The New Orleans. If you are lucky, you can see it go under the bridge by folding down its chimneys. Talking about the bridge, above the middle arch is Father Thames. See if you can find him, looking out for us. Parking is generally not good in Henley, but the station car park do day passes and so do the Rugby Club. Both only 5 minutes walk to the town centre. The Rugby club has a nice little clubhouse that serves breakfast and lunch, it is called Corner 81. You could even catch The Henley Hawks having a game on a Saturday afternoon. Parking free on Sundays in The Waitrose car park.
Henley River Walk
Market day is on Thursdays. We still have a few quirky independent shops left. The Vintage Look on Hart street is one of them. On the same street is the Tiny Gallery, with Henley specific art and gifts. The tourist information in the Town Hall also sells some post cards and souvenirs. Ice cream, down by the river in the kiosk or in Willow Basket on Friday Street. A lovely little shop called Boatique opposite, beautiful things, but the prices are not to everyone’s taste. You will find charity shop galore in Henley on Thames, and normally some gems can be found. Early week is the best, after people have donated their stuff over the weekend.
There is a lot more to Henley-on-Thames than the Regatta, and make sure you find out if something extra is going on.  If you walk over the bridge and down stream, past the famous Leander club, you can walk the famous Henley mile up to Temple Island, where the start of the Regatta is.

I do hope you will enjoy my home town. If you are staying the night, there is frequently live music on somewhere in town. The Rowbarge Pub has rooms for B&B. There are Airbnb rooms, hotels, and Swiss farm the camp site ( including caravans).

Enjoy yourselves!

Temple Island
Henley Sunset