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Angel On The Bridge, Henley-On-Thames

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user reviews of the Angel On The Bridge, Henley-On-Thames

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Been here many times, excellent for a cold cider on the decking and watch the boats/swans, even though you get a plastic glass. Our group had food on this visit, again outside and a little to our surprise seeing previous reviews, it was very good pub grub. Staff were pleasant enough, if obviously only there for the season.

All in all, quite a positive experience.
ciderman64 - 8 Aug 2014 15:59
The Angel On the Bridge is one of those places that everyone knows where it is but few have been inside.
We arrived here after a wet walk at around 1400. Only 3 people in the pub, who decided to make some comments about our damp condition. Two of them then promptly left. The pub inside is quite small, smaller than I expected, with a number of small rooms and areas to sit in. Good view over the river of course.
Beers were Brakspears Bitter and Oxford Gold and Ringwood Boondoggle. We had the Boondoggle which was fine although a little pricey. We had no food.
The place was OK but had nothing really to distinguish it from many other pubs, both in Henley and elsewhere.

ramblethenlunch - 8 Jun 2012 12:03
What can I say about this pub? Hideously rude landlord? Yes! Outrageously priced drinks? Yes! If this is your sort of thing then this the place for you! Seriously, couldn't believe how rude the landlord was to us, seemed peeved that we were occupying tables and not ordering food (even though we subsequently did go on to order food). Resulted in the landlord telling us to "F off" (though not this edited version of the F word). Can't comment on the food as we didn't stay long enough to eat it! Disgusting behaviour and he clearly doesn't seem to understand that the customers are his most precious commodity. Would not return if you paid me.
jenspen - 6 May 2012 21:08
Went here yesterday as part of the "Brakspears Henley Ale Trail" as you would expect on a nice sunny Lunchtime the Riverside Patio was packed. I chose not to go outside because the Pub insisted all drinks for outside were served in Plastic Glasses. As we all know beer does not taste good in them. This establishment is more of a Restaurant than a pub but never the less the Brakspears Bitter was on Fine form. This pub was one of the more expensive in Henley but you are paying for the Loacation and Views. Worth a visit in nice weather.
Bitter_Man - 26 Jul 2011 13:30
Stunning position on the Thames and much-photographed exterior, but I found it a bit disappointing inside, not knowing if it’s a pub or restaurant and strange mixture of décor.
mozzzzzz - 3 May 2011 15:26
Great pub, just mortgage your house before you go in. This may be 'Henley-on-Thames, Don't You Know' - but the prices are Dick Turpin Rip Off Standard!!..............Worth a visit though (wink!!) lol....
wolvesfan - 2 Sep 2010 14:25
Outrageously expensive, very ordinary food. Appallingly slow service with not even an apology. Never again!
ianfreeman - 19 Apr 2010 09:30
I love the location of this pub, but i found it very expencive. Although i did enjoy the beer they had.
We ordered food and the starter was delicious, but we were very dissapointed with our mains. My friend ordered the sea bas. Nothing wrong with the taste but the size of the meal was tiny.
I ordered the beer battered fish and chips. The fish was lovely but i was expecting home cooked chips, instead i was served what looked like McCain Oven Fries. When you pay between £9.99-£12.99 for a mail meal i expect it to be to a better standard.
palinlover - 26 Mar 2010 15:45
Keep this brief...

The plus points:
-Lovely location right on the Thames and a waterside drinking area
-A decent pint of Brakspear Bitter and Special
-Interior is quite quaint

The minus points:
-Expensive...£3.30 a pint outrageous considering it's from the brewery who own the place
-Plastic glasses
-Annoying Hooray Henley-esque punters can often predominate

Perhaps worth a pint of a sunny afternoon if not crowded but otherwise I'd rather take in the view from the bridge and move on.
Quinno - 22 Jun 2009 21:13
Steer clear. Great location but overpriced food & drink. Full of public school underachievers when I was there.
emailjulianh - 24 May 2009 00:05
Visited mid afternoon one Saturday in March 2009. Party of 5 included children aged 6 and 9. The weather was not great and we expected it to be busy but we were still able to get a decent table inside. Beer was fine. Food was liked by all. Staff were accomodating to our children. Location is of course unbeatable. We'll be back.
torronegro - 25 Apr 2009 21:01
It was unfortunate that when we arrived the barlady seemed more interested in talking to her friend than serving the couple of people waiting at the bar.The glass my wifes' wine was poured into was dirty with what looked like lipstick smears around the rim, and my pint of Brakespears was not worth the extortionate amount asked for. Left feeling ripped off and thoroughly dissapointed. The brewery owned pub should capitalise more in way of service and not rely on location to draw in any tourists.
boycee - 27 Oct 2008 19:49
Expensive Brakspears - £3.20 in a plastic drinking vessel - but a stunning riverside location. Apparently the local council insist on plastic as glasses were being thrown into the Thames...

Could be so much better with some care and attention.
Alph_river - 13 Oct 2008 23:49
Service with a snarl. My wife & I dropped in on a Sunday lunchtime - the "greeting" was a barmaid gesticulating from the other end of the bar for us to come to her rather than vice versa. The fact that we wanted soft drinks seemed an alien concept to her, as did the words "please" and "thank you" when we paid the surprisingly high price for said soft drinks. She ws also surprised that we thought perhaps the drinks should be cold... We will not be going there again; there is plenty of choice in the area. The Flower Pot down the road at Aston is nice and friendly.
MisterWinst - 5 May 2008 18:14
Sat inside to avoid drinking the decent ale out of a plastic glass, nice location but nothing to write home about, £3.40 pint 4 brakspear, 6/10
fat_beer_badger - 29 Apr 2008 22:00
Expensive beer from a plastic glass, if it weren't by the river why bother.
Muntjac - 6 Apr 2006 15:12
Pretty standard, had a good pint!! Bet the place is awesome in the summer!!
cannon1882 - 16 Mar 2006 23:58
Less busy on weekday evenings. Had excellent pancakes and crepes on Shrove Tuesday. Also had decent roast pheasant during the week. Good value.
DennisMenace - 25 Jul 2005 13:14
If an Alien from Mars asked me about this Pub I would say one thing...sit on the river side with a beer and relax. The riverside patio of this place is fab.

TheWizard - 11 May 2005 02:26
The drinks at the Angel are certainly overpriced, but the food is not; however the quality is reflected in the pricing structure. A chalkboard outside tempted us in by offering roasted peppers with beef, spinach and goats cheese, which was surprisingly school-dinnerish and bland; the pasta bolognese had a little more flavour, and the coffee was good.

It would be foolish to expect a pub in the centre of Henley to be anything other than crammed on a weekend lunchtime, so the service and the noise-level were both acceptable. It's hard to decide whether it would be worth going back for their weeknight swiss fondue.
Karen - 31 Oct 2004 13:36
The Angel has EXCELLENT people watching on the deck in the summer and is the only pub in town guaranteed to have a crowd at 2:00pm on a weekday. Yes, it can get crowded, but, I've never had a problem getting an outdoor table with a group. Wine is lovely & cold, beer too. Food is marginal, but food is not the attraction. As for indoors, yes it's very cramped, but this is not unique for Henley pubs, unless you frequent The Catherine Wheel.
anonymous - 24 Oct 2004 03:21
Could be so much better. Why do you have to have a plastic mug and warm beer just because it's busy?

Great view and good atmosphere. Try it but don't expect too much.
Daniel - 2 Jul 2004 16:21
A nice pub, situated next to the Thames. Nice in the summer to sit outside, or nice in the colder evenings to have a beer and a snack inside.
Lee - 24 Jan 2004 15:42

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