It's a shame about the Cherry Tree. It could and should be a great restaurant. It has a good location, it is well decorated, the bar is popular and the staff are welcoming and friendly. However the meal we had there was disappointing, overpriced and the quality of service was variable.
For just about £20 you'd expect something special from a steak. I suppose they think the location warrants paying over the odds, or something, but they are wrong. It would be fine - for £11.50, but NOT for £19.50, it was tasty but too small, the chips in a little bucket were fine but the napkin that surrounded them was bunched up in the bottom of the bucket so they didn't have to put so many chips in. Other food was ok, nothing very special. So why charge special prices?
They forgot to cook one of the main courses, so we had a wait until that arrived. To their credit they didn't charge for this.
The lemon meringue pie dessert was a (not very funny) joke; a very small slice of what appeared to be just pastry with no detectable lemon. If there was any there you would need a micrometer to find it. It was served with nice marscapone and meringue but again the dish was completely let down by the missing lemon. And its size.
Add to this the forgotten drinks orders and the presentation of the wrong bill at the end of the meal and it makes for a disappointing evening and is somewhere we won't go back to. Which is a shame as, to repeat myself, it could be really nice.
No idea about the accommodation, I expect that is fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful pub/inn/restaurant in Stoke Row, in the heart of the South Oxfordshire countryside in the Chiltern Hills. Elegant, chic design gives a warm, inviting feeling and the overall ethos of The Cherry Tree is one of comfort, enjoyment and relaxation. Food is key here with bi monthly menu changes of seasonal produce. Well kept beers, fantastic wines and great champagnes make this a place for a weekend away with a loved one, catch up with friends or equally happy catering for corporate groups. Likewise, it is a wonderful local pub in a beautiful Oxfordshire village. Four en-suite letting rooms in the barn are fresh, crisp, elegant and clean and most comfortable. Overall, a wonderful experience and not to be missed if in this part of the country. There is a definite air of class about this place and the London set flock to it in droves for a great country fix. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cherry Tree Hotel Henley-On-Thames
- Cherry Tree Hotel