Rohan Henley on Thames
Welcome to Rohan Henley on Thames from Manager Martin, Dave, James, Claire and Millie.
Shop Address: 41 Bell Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BA
Shop Phone Number: 01491 637518
Shop Opening Times
Nearest parking: Kings Road and Greys Road car park. (The same car park but with two entrances). Sign posted as Town Centre parking, which is next to both Waitrose and the Regal cinema and holds over 350 cars. There are facilities for male, female and disabled. They also include baby changing equipment, designated motorcycle parking and free bicycle racking.
Times & Charges: Mon – Fri: 10.00 – 17.00 Saturday: 08.00 – 18.00 Up to 1 hour: 50p Up to 2 hours: 80p Up to 3 hours: £1.50 Includes bank holidays, no charges outside theses hours, on Sundays and for disabled badge holders. Waitrose also runs a parking refund scheme, with purchases of over £10.00 from Waitrose they will deduct your parking fee from the total amount.
The town of Henley-on-Thames is an attractive medieval market town sitting on the banks of the river Thames, over looked by the beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Just a few strides from the riverbank is the heart of Henley, with a variety of historic features, such as: the church; the town hall; the bridge joining Henley’s county of Oxfordshire with Royal Berkshire; the market square. The latter is bustling with busy stall-holders and shoppers on market days; they can also enjoy a wide range of shops, including boutiques, galleries, speciality food shops and antiques emporia.
Founded in the 12th century and best known for the annual royal regatta, Henley attracts the world’s finest rowers. Outside the town’s award winning River and Rowing Museum, visitors are greeted by statues of the great Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent.
The stretch of riverside between the Regatta finish and Henley bridge is the location for the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts. Previous guests have included the NY Philharmonic Orchestra, Kathryn Jenkins, Stephen Fry and Ronan Keating. Exhibitions of art and sculpture are also part of the festival. Top entertainers are invited to perform on a floating stage in front of a dinner-jacketed audience.
Further activities throughout the summer calender include:
The Henley Fringe Festival and the Literary Festival, both based at the thriving Kenton Theatre – which is one of the oldest theatres in the country. For fans of a different type of culture, there is the Rewind Festival: a weekend of bands popular in the 80s, which takes place at Mill Meadow.
Visitor’s can enjoy a boat trip down the Regatta course, either in one of the commercial boats that operate along this stretch or – rather more energetically! – in a rowing boat. Afterwards they can relax in the well-maintained Mill Meadows park.
The town’s popularity is increased by being easily accessible, both by car and public transport. The M4 and M40 motorway junctions are close and trains to London Paddington run from the town, while the West Country and South Wales can be accessed via Reading
It all adds up to Henley-on-Thames being a very attractive place in which to live and work, as well as being an excellent destination for visitors from all over the world.
There are a variety of places to stay in Henley. The Hotel du Vin, situated on the riverside, has its own restaurant. The Hotel du Vin Bistro is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The menu is rooted in classic European cuisine but has a contemporary edge. Also on the riverside is the Red Lion hotel, which has a restaurant and bar (also open to non-guests) with a selection of traditional English fare. Above the seafood restaurant Loch Fyne there is also some accommodation, placed on the edge of the historic marketplace and near to the Town Hall.
For lunch, why not try Raymond Blanc’s ‘patisserie’, the Maison Blanc. Blanc’s reputation precedes him and this restaurant does not disappoint. Or try Strada for modern Italian food in a stylish bistro-style eatery. For lunch on the go, pick up a baguette from the Patisserie Franco Belge, on the same road as our shop.
There are a wealth of fine restaurants to choose from for a pleasant evening meal. As mentioned before, the Loch Fyne restaurant is renowned for its shellfish and has excellent seafood of all types, with (small) provisions for vegetarians and food allergies catered for (though vegans may find it tricky). Spice Merchant have opened their newest restaurant on the riverside, for modern Indian dining with an excellent view over the river – including the finishing line of the Royal Regatta! For an individual take on classic Italian cuisine, try the independent, family-run restaurant Villa Marina, situated in front of the bridge near the Royal Regatta enclosure.
After dinner, why not pop in to the Rose and Crown tavern, established 1582. They carry a selection of local ales; notably Brakespeare, which used to be brewed in Henley. Indeed, they are placed next to the Brakespeare brewing foundation, near the Kenton Theatre. Henley has quite a few pubs, including The Victoria (nicknamed The Vic) which with its cool purple decor and pool tables has a young buzz about it; the Duke of Connaught on the edge of the marketplace has a more traditional feel to it, with warm and welcoming staff and an outdoor area; also, the Angel on the Bridge boasts spectacular views of the River Thames when sat on the outdoor decking which actually extends out over the river! Or for a taste of retro style, head to Bar McGoo’s – live music and weekend DJs make this intimate venue well worth a visit all year round.