Gallowstree Road, Rotherfield Peppard, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 5HT
When Antony and Jay Worrall Thompson took over The Greyhound over ten years ago, they wanted to create the ultimate pub and restaurant. Every year they continue to make improvements – whether it’s to the garden or the interior – to enhance their customers’ experience. In a nutshell, they wanted to provide an enjoyable and happy experience for everyone who visited, hence The Greyhound’s motto to serve ‘food, wine and happiness’. Their hard work has paid off and now this venue is one of the busiest pubs in the area with a huge base of regular customers. Inside The Greyhound is a classic chocolate-box British country pub complete with beams and low ceilings. Outside is a beautiful garden complete with an outside dining area perfect for al fresco dining. The interior is beyond wild, with antiques, hundreds of pictures, stuffed animals and teddy bears adorning the entire venue. Jay encourages her front of house team to be knowledgeable, accommodating and most of all incredibly friendly. Meanwhile, in the kitchen Antony has created a menu suitable for every palate. He doesn’t pander to fashionable food trends; he gives the customers what they want to eat. Anthony has cultivated a small but passionate team of young chefs who help keep the menu fresh, vibrant and ever changing. For the little ones, available is a delicious beefburger, which is rumoured to be the best in town. There are also plenty of flavoursome vegan and vegetarian options, ensuring everyone is catered for. For seafood-lovers there are always at least three to four beautiful fish dishes available, which include the likes of octopus, halibut and delicate wild sea bass. You’ll also find a stunning selection of meat dishes that would satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur. Antony takes pride in using only the finest aged wagyu and Aberdeen Angus beef, acorn-fed Iberico pork, salt-cured duck and lamb and he cooks many of these prime cuts over a grill to maximise the natural flavours. While The Greyhound may be off the beaten track, a trip to this spectacular pub is definitely worth the detour.