The Relais Henley opens its doors and reveals new F&B offering

The Relais Henley, has opened its doors following a complete reimagination of the 16th century coaching inn as a new waterside retreat.

Formerly The Red Lion, the sensitive renovation preserves the hotel’s important history, woven into the fabric of life in Henley-on-Thames. Each of the 40 guestrooms take inspiration from Henley’s rowing tradition and the natural beauty of the Chiltern Hills.

The opening of The Relais Henley also sees the introduction of The Clipper Restaurant by Mosimann’s London with an outdoor courtyard and The Quarterdeck Bar, serving local craft beers and artisan gins.

The Clipper Restaurant features signature dishes from the Belgravia restaurant and uses a selection of locally grown produce to create its menu. Open all day serving leisurely breakfasts, traditional afternoon tea, candle-lit dinners as well as alfresco dining in the courtyard. The Deli offers gourmet ‘grab and go’ sandwiches, pastries and coffees as well as picnics for excursions on the river.

The Quarterdeck Bar, is found in the oldest part of the hotel where original beams frame the charming views of Hart Street leading to the historic market square. Vintage photographs of The Royal Regatta provide a nostalgic backdrop to the club-like atmosphere.

The Relais Henley is the vision of international hotelier, Grace Leo who was drawn to its riverside setting and the bustling atmosphere of the market town. “Henley-on-Thames is a pedigree town which most people only know for The Royal Regatta and yet, there is always something going on; the town has a rare combination of things that attract people to live here as well as to visit,” comments Leo.

Adding: “When the opportunity to purchase The Red Lion arose, I could immediately see the opportunity to transform the heritage property into an elegant riverside retreat – one that would become a retreat from the city as well as become a stylish and convivial meeting place for the genteel residents of Henley.”