Occupying a princely spot at the foot of Remenham Hill, just a stone’s throw from the River Thames and Henley Bridge, The Little Angel is an atmospheric and historic countryside establishment. From leisurely post-ramble lunches and romantic evenings for two, to large family get-togethers over good food and drink, it’s an establishment that delivers on all fronts.
Cosy and well-kept, the restaurant interior centres around a large bar that’s typically kept propped up by a host of locals – the pub’s community atmosphere wouldn’t be the same without the sound of their convivial chatter.
Menus at The Little Angel reflect both seasonality and a revival of Great British cuisine. Produce is sourced insightfully, with quality, value and environmental impact all taken into account. Though menus change seasonally, the range of starters might include the likes of pigeon breast served alongside pearl barley, French beans and curly endive with blackberry vinaigrette and crispy cauliflower florets with white bean pistachio houmous, nasturtium oil and baby herbs. Mains offer something for all appetites with the likes of pan-roasted halibut served with a chive and lobster bisque risotto, concasse tomatoes and apple cider butter and braised Mount Grace Yorkshire lamb accompanied by slow-roasted shallots, Colcannon creamed potatoes and redcurrant and Port jus.
Sweets of Treacle tart with raspberry compote and milk ice cream, and lemon Bavarois with praline, blackberries, crushed meringue and basil will always please crowds when the weather turns colder, and those featuring on the menu in the summer are equally enticing.
Given that The Little Angel is regarded as a cornerstone of the Henley-on-Thames community, it comes as no surprise that the pub is host to a busy calendar of events, both public and private, throughout the year. The team has helped plan all manner of occasions from corporate lunches to private dinner parties and wedding breakfasts, and the live music, comedy and special tasting evenings always go down a storm.