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The Old Bell, Henley Town, Henley-On-Thames

Bell Street
Henley-On-Thames
RG9 2BG
Phone: 01491414114
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Old Bell

Sad reversal of 2016 review. As warned of in entry below, another old pub that has been tarted up, killing any surviving atmosphere. The splendid timber ceiling beams have been painted grey along with everything else, while the once-cosy back room now houses a pool table and darts, with an irrelevant-looking bar effort in a back cupboard. Admittedly the courtyard has been tidied up a bit and partly covered. Just Brakspear's Gravity on pump, and rather cold and flavourless at that.

On 10th December 2019 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Bell

The final destruction has occurred here and it now an utterly ruined small two-room pub which is whitewashed and grey, harshly lit, smelt of damp with Limp Bizkit blasting out. Only one other customer on Sunday afternoon and it was easy to see why. Two unlabelled pumps though on enquiry one was dispensing a substandard Brakspear Bitter. Utterly depressing place that surely only survives because Brakspear won’t sell it on to somebody willing to make a decent fist of it. What an utter dump.

August 2009
A Brakspear pub, selling Brakspear Bitter only. The pub interior probably should be a lovely old timber affair but it's all been painted white and looks a bit odd - especially the soulless front bar. Things get a little better and more atmospheric the further back you go. Not really a recommendation though...I guess its incarnation as a tapas bar probably helped wreck the place as pub? Rated 5

On 29th October 2017 - rating: 2
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Old Bell

Rebuilding its character as a locals' pub after being messed about with a few years ago and so far avoiding the gastro or tourist approach, probably due to its diminutive size, but despite being one of several 'oldest' buildings in the town. There is a small bar area to the front and a couple of rooms with appropriately mismatched furniture behind. A small outdoor area has been created in the yard. Best described as a pleasant place to escape to. Does not open weekday lunchtimes.

On 22nd May 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Henley-on-Thames, 0.41 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Shiplake, 2.45 miles, 47 min walk (show)
Wargrave, 3.75 miles, 1 hr 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Old Bell, Henley-On-Thames
10th Dec 2019, 22:59
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10th Dec 2019, 22:28
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Courtyard - last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 May 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Function Room : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Sundays and special events only - last updated 22 May 2016 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 24 April 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 29 October 2017 by Quinno _
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