In between recipe developing, whilst sat at my computer I love looking at different hotel offers. If you are flexible with your time (as we are, self employed, work most weekends etc) you can find some great deals.

The Hotel Du Vin hotels are beautifully decorated and we always get a warm welcome. We decided to take advantage of the settle in Sunday offer. Starting at £25 the deal is if you spend £75 or more in the bistro you get a room for £25 plus.

They say ‘Nestled in a valley in the Chilterns, you’ll find the delightful 12th century market town of Henley-on-Thames. And on the banks of the Thames itself, with the river gliding slowly by, you’ll find our Henley-on-Thames hotel. Behind the classic Georgian façade of this old brewery, you’ll find a typically warm Hotel du Vin welcome – a tranquil haven to moor the soul. A world-renowned centre of rowing thanks to the Royal Regatta, Henley has quaint architecture, quirky independent shops, and a peppering of museums and galleries. While the annual Festival of Music and Arts is always a cultural treat.’

It’s my good friend, Miceal Murphy’s birthday and as a birthday treat I have booked tickets for us to go to the Henley festival. As I’ve not been to Henley before, Nathan and I thought we would take a Sunday drive and have a look around. It’s only an hours drive from where we live ( traffic permitting) so within no time we were wandering around the pretty village. As ever, we stopped for a sharing board at Cote. Good value and delicious.

Address: New Street , Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2BP

Telephone:  01491877579
Email:  info.henley@hotelduvin.com
Utterly delish!

Utterly delish!

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I found this white house. I think I could live here. It was hidden away but I spotted it.

Lots of people enjoying the sunshine

Lots of people enjoying the sunshine

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We love a pretty vista

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Henley has a shop dedicated to Teddy Bears. This one was my favourite. What a cutie!

Henley is getting ready for the Royal Regatta

Henley is getting ready for the Royal Regatta

 

 

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After walking around for a few hours we decided to check in to the hotel. Hotel Du Vin really have got it nailed with the decor. It has a luxurious, opulent feel but also quite sturdy and comforting. We were upgrading to a superior room and it was beautiful. Huge, with a stand alone bath, air con, shower, mini bar, snacks, wifi. TV, Massive bed, dressing gowns.. I could go on!

 

Our lovely room at Hotel Du Vin, Henley on Thames

Our lovely room at Hotel Du Vin, Henley on Thames

Dinner didn’t disappoint. We ate at 6pm and the bistro was half full. It had a buzzy atmosphere but not loud.

We ordered fougasse to soak up the vino. In French cuisine, fougasse is a type of bread typically associated with Provence but found in other regions. Some versions are sculpted or slashed into a pattern resembling an ear of wheat

In French cuisine, fougasse is a type of bread typically associated with Provence but found in other regions. Some versions are sculpted or slashed into a pattern resembling an ear of wheat

In French cuisine, fougasse is a type of bread typically associated with Provence but found in other regions. Some versions are sculpted or slashed into a pattern resembling an ear of wheat

Nathans starter. Tender and melt in the mouth

Nathan’s starter. Tender and melt in the mouth

Carpaccio (UK /kɑːrˈpætʃioʊ/ or US /kɑːrˈpɑːtʃⁱoʊ/; Italian pronunciation: [karˈpattʃo]) is a dish of raw meat or fish (such as beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna), thinly sliced or pounded thin and served mainly as an appetizer.

I enjoyed the walnut brioche muffin with pate. It was excellent.

Brioche is a pastry of French origin that is similar to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb

Brioche is a pastry of French origin that is similar to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb

My main was the braised lamb and Nathan went for the pork belly. TBH I preferred our starters but maybe we were so full by the time our mains came (We can’t resist warm bread )

Braised lamb with peas and carrots

Braised lamb with peas and carrots

Nathan's main - Pork belly and a creamy mash

Nathan’s main – Pork belly and a creamy mash

Here we are being slightly merry and very full!

Enjoying a lovely get away at Hotel Du Vin, Henley-On-Thames

Enjoying a lovely get away at Hotel Du Vin, Henley-On-Thames

I look forward to going back for the festival in a few weeks time.

 

Lisa x