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Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames

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Indian, Asian, Balti
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25 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2LJ, England
+44 1491 636118
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12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
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Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I first visited this restaurant during Henley regatta, so it was really full. While the food was excellent, the service was not exactly friendly - not unfriendly or rude, but sort of short and to the point. Since this could have been explained by the stress of regatta week, I have waited for a couple more visits before writting this... More 

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Thank Andrew R
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Andrew R, Thanks for your review and comments. We are very proud of the taste and size of our onion bhaji - some customers visit the restaurant especially for it. The Royal Henley Regatta is one of the busiest times of year for our restaurant so it's good to hear you found the service efficient. We are fully booked... More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

This Indian version of afternoon tea was a delightful experience. Personally I preferred to savoury dishes but everything was pleasant and well presented. Excellent service. Worth a trip especially if you like Indian food.

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Thank Sue G
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Sue G Thanks for your review and comments. Next time we'd be happy to provide more of the savoury items over sweet if that's what you prefer. We'll be creating a festive version around Christmas and launching gift vouchers for purchase via our website shortly. Kind regards, Spice Merchant Grouo More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We visited to try Jasmin's afternoon tea. Just lovely. Friendly, efficient service, wonderful food, and lots of fun trying different teas. Highly recommended.

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Thank Lisa H
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Lisa H, We're happy to hear your Afternoon Tea was enjoyed and excited to announce that we're also launching it at our Cookham restaurant on the 15th October! Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers will soon be available to purchase via our website also. Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

1 review
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Brilliant take on the traditional afternoon tea, a lovely afternoon with 5 star service, the attention to detail is second to none.. well done Spice Merchant, a hit and will be visiting again!!

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Thank Charlie C
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Charlie C, Thanks for your feedback - please do return to see us again very soon- the more the merrier! Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Overpriced as like most places in Henley. Nice location along the riverfront. Food was nice but no better than other local curry houses. Staff were good but the restaurant itself could use a redo.

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3 Thank Chris B
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Chris B, Thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the food. Our prices reflect the quality ingredients used, extensive wine list, expertise, service and restaurant location and decor. Spice Merchant Henley is a high end restaurant and very different from a curry house. Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group As a fine dining restaurant we work hard... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

All six of us had a different curry and we all tasted each other's. Every one was mouth-wateringly delicious where the spices shone through and mingled with heat as required. Often hot curries lose all taste. These just play on your tastebuds. Best curry I had eaten in a long time.

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Thank GlobeMadame
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear GlobeMadame, Thanks for your review - great to know that our curry is the best you've eaten in a long time! We have an extensive A La Carte menu so do let your waiter know if you'd like any menu recommendations next time you visit! Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

On a recent corporate event on a river boat supplied by Hobbs of Henley the Spice Merchant provided the catering which was amazing. The service was excellent and the food was exceptional. I would not hesitate to visit any of their restaurants at a future date or hire them to cater for a private function.

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Thank Lynne M
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Lynne N, Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. We are very proud of our partnership with quality cruise company Hobbs of Henley. It provides customers with a unique setting from which to enjoy our delicious food from. There are also lots of different sized luxury cruise boats available to suit every type of celebration or function!... More 

Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This restaurant really do offer great fresh good quality food. The meat just melts in your mouth nan bread is light and fluffy. Yes you pay a bit more but it is so worth it. Modern setting overlooking the River Thames. If you are and Indian foodie you will not be disappointed.

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Thank Linda F
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Linda F, Thanks for your feedback. Our meat is sourced locally from a reputable supplier to ensure freshness and quality so we're really happy to hear these comments. We hope you visit again very soon! Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Group of 5 of us dropped in for a late lunch. In hindsight I wished the manager had turned us away. Of the three starters and four mains we ordered, only some of each (chicken and paneer, but salmon was stale in the starters, Malabar fish and chicken very good but both veg mains terrible) were tasty while the rudeness... More 

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6 Thank Travel_Buff_Asia
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Travel_Buff_Asia, We're disappointed and very surprised to read your review but hope to look into this further. Please may you email orva(at)spicemerchantgroup.com with details of when you recently dined with us? Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We visited the restaurant for a third time and this time it was during the week of 6th June 2016 after an exceptional two other visits. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. We have been to the sunday buffet where there is a great choice of dishes and its tempting not to eat too much.... More 

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Thank Carol2704
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant - Henley on Thames, responded to this review

Dear Carol2704, Thanks for your glowing review. We are so pleased you are becoming regulars and look forward to welcoming you back very soon! You may also be interested in our new Afternoon Tea offering being launched at the start of September which is an Indian – inspired twist on the popular classic! All of your favourite tea time treats,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$45 - US$131
Cuisine
Indian, Asian, Balti
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2LJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Henley-on-Thames
  • Phone Number: +44 1491 636118
Description
As our picturesque riverside restaurant, Spice Merchant Henley has a lot to live up to. Located in a traditional, rustic-framed building and alongside the finish line of the Henley Royal Regatta, the restaurant boasts a glamorous dining environment for you to enjoy.

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