Hotel du Vin Henley
We enjoyed a welcome break at the fabulous Hotel du Vin, a cosy retreat in the heart of Henley, snuggled alongside the banks of the River Thames.
Written by: Richard Rosser
The beauty of a Hotel du Vin is that you feel like you’re checking into a beautiful house, not a hotel. It’s all very relaxed but sophisticated at the same time, with friendly staff on hand to welcome us and show us to our room. But we were running late – now there’s a surprise! – and we had to make our dinner reservation for 8pm.
So what do you do when eating at the hotel of wine? Indulge! That’s what we did, starting with a glass of champagne followed by smoked salmon for me and duck liver parfait for Tina…..followed by the wine, two whole bottles of it! Sacré bleu! So in the red corner, to accompany Tina’s partridge, a bottle of Malbec (Catena, 2016)…and in the white corner, a bottle of Chenin Blanc to help me with my whole guinea fowl. Superb wine with super food…an excellent combination.
Somehow we even managed to squeeze in desserts with a healthy serving of lemon tarte and a mighty chocolate mousse which all but defeated Tina.
That was a meal and a half and saw us off to a wonderful night’s sleep…it was that good I even took a picture of the manufacturer’s label…which reminds me!
Our replenishing stay at Hotel du Vin ended with a light breakfast and a brief walk along the banks of the Thames and as we headed back to Oxford we resolved to return and ensure we spent more time in the picturesque Henley.
About Hotel du Vin Henley
Behind the classic Georgian architecture of this old brewery, you’ll be welcomed warmly into this tranquil haven.
The inspired re-incarnation of this cluster of historic listed buildings has created one of the most striking hotels in Henley-on-Thames. A former brewery for 300 years, we’ve enhanced its charming, original period detail while adding our own contemporary sparkle. Escape to the sanctuary of one of our 43 beautifully furnished rooms and suites, where you’ll find a custom-made bed, hand-sprung mattress, soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels and robes, monsoon shower or roll top bath.
Take a leisurely lunch al fresco in the central courtyard or sample some hearty, seasonal dishes in our trademark bistro. Enjoy a glass of the finest fizz in the light and airy Champagne bar or your favourite tipple at the pewter topped bar, with over 600 wines to sample in the wine cellar. Visit our cosy cigar bothy or relax on our comfy sofas for a nightcap under low beams in the Snug. You can even celebrate a private party, family celebration or wedding in a unique function room at Hotel du Vin Henley.
Meeting Rooms at Hotel du Vin
At Hotel du Vin we’re here to make sure your meeting or event is the best it can be. Our expert events team are here to make sure everything runs smoothly.
We offer truly individual and inspiring rooms and a range of flexible packages – all supported with your own dedicated events organiser, plus free wi-fi, the tuck shop selection of sweets, pads, pencils and audio visual equipment. Support your meeting with a range of packages on request and make sure not to miss out on our fantastic menus.
And when the day is done, unwind in style with colleagues in our light and airy Champagne bar, with a toast to teamwork, or entertain clients in the bistro.
Nestled in a valley in the Chilterns, you’ll find the delightful 12th century market town of Henley-on-Thames.
A world-renowned centre of rowing thanks to the Royal Regatta, Henley has a quaint atmosphere, quirky independent shops and a peppering of museums and galleries. Furthermore, the annual Festival of Music and Arts is always a cultural treat for the diary.