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The Bluebell

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

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The timbered front of this Tudor coaching inn speaks of its venerability, and although the interiors have been freshened up, the design job hasn't overwhelmed the intrinsic character of the place: the original beams and fireplaces, and the flagstone floor, are all present and correct. The cooking works within the grain of modern British thinking, bringing some very polished classical technique to the broadly-based repertoire. Dishes are cleverly thought out, so that even the relatively familiar can come as a revelation. A slab of duck and green peppercorn terrine offers the contrasts of rich meat, sweet cabbage and sharp peppercorns, offset by the juice of a poached pear accompaniment, the whole supported by a gently warming honey and mustard dressing. Fish is accurately timed and seasoned, as in the fillet of cod that comes with a razor sharp caper butter sauce. Two servings of local lamb with sweet-and-sour peppers in olive and rosemary jus is the kind of meat dish to expect. At dessert, the Valrhona chocolate brownie with salt caramel, candied pecans and banana ice cream is a surefire bet.

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Tel: 01564 793049
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Open/closed

Open all year.
Days closed: Mon (ex BHs)
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

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

 

Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £12.95
Sunday lunch: £20.00-£25.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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M4 junct 4, A3400 (Stratford Rd) to Henley-in-Arden
Nearest station: Henley-in-Arden

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