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The BlueBell

93 High Street, HENLEY-IN-ARDEN, B95 5AT

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The Bluebell occupies a half-timbered coaching inn dating from the Tudor period on Henley's uncommercialised High Street. Within are uneven flagged floors, beams in the low ceilings, lots of white plaster, draught beers in the bar and an enterprising restaurant menu that pulls in the punters. The kitchen taps into local supply lines for its produce and travels further afield for some ideas, so expect Moroccan-style lentils with roast, spiced neck fillet of lamb along with a shallot, anchovy and parsley salad, and a cassoulet of orzo, cockles and vegetables with roast fillet, juicy and moist, of stone bass. Dishes are intelligently thought out and technique is never in doubt. A lovely, rich celeriac and pear velouté is served with a ramekin of crisp and cheesy gougères, and a pressing of duck and foie gras is enhanced by spicy plum purée and a helping of baby onions and beans. Home-baked sourdough bread gets rave notices, and desserts are well regarded: perhaps apricot, cranberry and sultana brioche-and-butter pudding with white chocolate ice cream.

Further information

Tel: 01564 793049
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern
Chef: Andrew Taylor
Number of seats: 46
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.



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M40 junct 4, A3400 (Stratford Rd) to Henley-in-Arden
Nearest station: Henley-in-Arden

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