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 black pudding croquette, green bean and hazelnut salad, and red wine and shallot dressing, and goat’s cheese, beetroot, poached pear and candied walnut salad with balsamic dressing. Mains offer something for all appetites with the likes of fillet of cod with creamed leek and macaroni cheese, confit cherry tomatoes and roast hazelnut dressing, and breast of duck with duck fat roast potatoes, spiced red cabbage, parsnip, Bramley apple and honey purée and blackberry jus.
Sweets of warm ginger sponge pudding with orange custard, and treacle tart with clotted cream and cinnamon apple compote 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.