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The Little Angel, Henley

Muddy says: The perfect spot to explore Henley and ogle a rowers’ six pack. The Little Angel’s a regatta fave with good food cred, where kids and dogs are welcome.

Little Angel pub Henley on Thames Muddy Stilettos Berkshire

My Muddy mucker in Oxon pretty much has Henley covered, but there’s a slither in Berkshire and it just so happens to have a gastropub.  If you’re a regatta regular, you’ll probably be more than familiar wth the The Little Angel. One of Henley’s largest and oldest pubs. With its brilliant river views and homely decor – it’s the place to be not only during the regatta, but also during the literary festival, Rewind and Ascot week. Don’t believe us? Take the word of Prince Harry, Kate Moss, Orlando Bloom and Liam Gallagher who’ve all knocked back a few sherbets here.

The Little Angel is relaxed and low key, with fairly predictable Farrow & Ball walls and modern rustic decor. It’s a little tired in places, but is due a fancy facelift this year  So watch this space. There’s a small sunny courtyard, perfect for sun seekers and dog walkers.

To the front is an authentically non-faffed bar area, with a few break away snugs to hunker down with a drink. Head to the back and the dining room has a good mix well-worn wooden table, that spill into the large conservatory. It’s perfect for family get togethers and leisurely afternoons with friends. A lot of famous rowers are regulars (always worth knowing, wink wink) so good for ogling a six pack or two.

The Little Angel’s extensive menu is more gastropub than pub grub, but it’s good to see a few classics, a kids menu, sharing plates for grazers, light bites for the less greedy or you can loosen you belt and for for the full 3 courses.

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