Henley 2014 142 (Small)Driving through Henley, I followed the road to the village of Stoke Row. There was hardly any traffic on the road, and miles of woods and countryside.

At last, I saw the sign for the Cherry Tree Inn.

I’m only 5ft tall, but my head was nearly touching the beams. The locals must have been a lot shorter when the pub was built, over 500 years ago!

My room was the Cherry. All the rooms are named after fruit.

It’s a lovely room, immaculate, tastefully decorated, and better than some of the 4-star hotel rooms that I’ve stayed in!

We met Lolly for lunch, and as it was a warm Sunday midday, we decided to eat outside.

Dressed Devon Crab with Salad was on the Specials board, but I fancied the Roast Beef.

I asked if I could have the crab for a starter, and it was no trouble at all. So I had the crab and the beef!

Although I was full, the sweets were too tempting to resist. And I was curious to try the chilled melon soup with strawberries.

It was a refreshing end to a lovely, freshly-cooked meal.

Lolly drove us to Greys Court, which was bustling with hundreds of people as there were several events taking place.

As parts of the house are early Tudor, the ticket numbers are limited to 600 people a day. But the grounds are very popular with hikers and dog walkers.

Above the gate beside the house are four statues of little boys. I couldn’t help laughing when a real little boy pointed upwards and called out in horror, ‘Dad, they’ve got their willies out!’

Next, we went to Stonor Park.

See my separate article. I fell in love with it.

Finally, we visited Badgemoor Park Golf Club.

As you’ve probably read in past articles, Dear Readers, I HATE golf! But I must admit that the old Manor House, Badgemoor House was an attractive building, and the views on the Course were very pretty. And, unlike a lot of Golf Clubs, they welcome visitors, who can play on the course in the afternoons. But it’s probably a good idea to phone first. All the details are at the bottom of the page.

By then, the sun was setting, and can you believe that we were getting hungry again? So off we went to The Unicorn.

It juts out on a corner of several roads in Kingwood Common.

Lolly designed the décor, and she could easily get a job as an Interior Designer!

She hasn’t touched the interior structure though, and it has a large fireplace, and several little rooms leading through each other.

I had an interesting starter of Smoked Chicken and Baby Pear with a Peppadew and Rocket Salad.

The Roast Beef was beckoning, but I’d had it once that day, so I chose Breaded Pork Fillet on Wilted Sspinach, with a Potato & Sage Bhaji & a Peach Curry Sauce.

Finally I had Iced Blackberry Parfait & Brandy Snap Basket filled with Stewed Apples.

Oh boy, did I sleep well in my king-sized bed!

Lyn’s Negative Comment;

When I got back to my Cherry room, there was a large slice of the most delicious chocolate cake there. Unfortunately it was a waste, as I was absolutely stuffed!

It would have been better to have turned back the duvet and left a couple of chocolate mints on the pillows.

In the morning, we had breakfast in the Cherry Tree. The service was good, and there was a large choice, and lots of food on the plates.

After that, Lolly collected us and took us to the Henley River & Rowing Museum, followed by a cruise along the Thames. (See my Henley article.)

Then we walked across the bridge to the Little Angel Henley.

It’s like a Tardis. You step into an old, narrow pub, and it stretches back and out.

Again, Lolly’s design of the interior is top-quality. Everything subtly blends together.

The pub is apparently haunted by Mary Blandy. In 1751, she murdered her Father by tipping arsenic into his tea. When he died, some local people chased Mary across the bridge, where she was protected by the landlady of the Little Angel Inn.

Mary was hanged in 1752 at Oxford Castle. But she’s been seen by drinkers in the pub for many years.

(I’m sure that you can fill in your own jokes here!)

I had an absolutely gorgeous, tender ribeye steak, and an alcohol-free cocktail. But then I had to make a move to get along the M25 before the rush hour.

I was disappointed because there are thousands of red kites around Henley. They were re-introduced about 13 years ago, and they’ve bred like mad. But I didn’t even see one!

 

Hi Lolly, I thoroughly enjoyed my Henley trip.

Loved having you along Lyn.

What’s your husband’s name, as you both run it?

His name is Douglas Green

Are all the pubs listed buildings?

Yes but some parts are new and not listed.  The Little Angel is one of the oldest in Berkshire apparently.  The Cherry Tree Inn main building is 500 years old.  Not sure how old the original part of The Unicorn is but it’s old!

How often do you change the menus?

Quarterly

Is it just the Cherry Tree with accommodation?

Sadly yes….

How long have you been doing this?

We have been in Henley since 2004.  Husband did chefing and pub running for many, many years prior to this in London and the UK.

What are your future plans?

Expansion!

Why are you different  & why should anyone stay at your place/visit your pubs?

We give customers what they want.  We are sensitive to the demographic of customers and deliver a quality product with good price points.  We also take a lot of care in producing interesting and unique interiors and years of pub operations means we have great staff, well trained, happy and attentive and always waiting to please.  We just do what we do well and people seem to love it.

Lolly Green

Splash Inns Limited

www.thelittleangel.co.uk

www.thecherrytreeinn.co.uk

www.unicornkingwood.co.uk

07789 436 432

CONTACT INFORMATION

Press Trip main contact: Lolly Green – Splash Inns Limited

lolly@splashinns.com / 07789 436 432

The Cherry Tree Inn Stoke Row

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 5QA

01491 680 430 / enquiries@thecherrytreeinn.co.uk

www.thecherrytreeinn.co.uk /thecherrytreeinnstokerow

The Unicorn Colmore Lane

Kingwood Common

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 5LX

01491 628 674 / enquiries@unicornkingwood.co.uk

www.unicornkingwood.co.uk /pages/the-unicornkingwood

The Little Angel Remenham Lane

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 2LS

01491 411 008 / enquiries@thelittleangel.co.uk

www.thelittleangel.co.uk /thelittleangelpub

Greys Court Rotherfield Greys

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 4PG

01491 628 529/ greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court /nationaltrust

Badgemore Park Golf Club Badgemore House

Badgemore

Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 4NR 01491 637300 / info@badgemorepark.com

www.badgemorepark.com / /pages/Badgemore-Park-Golf-Club

Hobbs of Henley Station Road

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 1AZ

01491 572 035 / boats@hobbsofhenley.co.uk

www.hobbsofhenley.com /hobbsofhenley

Stonor Park Stonor

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 6HF

01491 638 587 / administrator@stonor.com

www.stonor.com

River & Rowing Museum Henley Mill Meadows

Meadow Road

Henley on Thames

Oxon RG9 1BF

01491 415 600 (press enquiries 01491 415 642) / museum@rrm.co.uk

www.rrm.co.uk /pages/river-rowing-museum

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.