Licensee: Robert Hooton
20 Bell Street,
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BG
Telephone 01491 414114
Website http://www.theoldbell.biz/View directions
Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 12pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday: 12.30 - 3pm
The Old Bell is a traditional pub situated right in the centre of Henley. The building has been dated by experts at 1325, making it the oldest building in the town. The characterful interior gives a rich eclectic feel, as a series of rooms lead into one another from the main bar at the front. The welcome at the Old Bell is warm and genuine, and so attracts a mix of Henley locals, and visitors to the town. The Old Bell offers customers a great pint of Brakspear and a bit of nostalgic escape time from the bustle of the street outside.
For anyone whose Friday nights occasionally leave them feeling slightly fragile on Saturday morning, the new 'Recovery Club' at the Old Bell on Bell Street could be the perfect way to ease themselves gently into the rest of the weekend. Running from midday to 3.00 pm, the Recovery Club offers strong tea or coffee, filling bacon and egg sandwiches and soothing background music.
The Recovery Club is the brainchild of the Old Bell's new licensees, Rob Hooton and Pamela Myles, who took on the Brakspear pub earlier this month after the retirement of previous tenant Bill Dobson. Mr Hooton has worked at the Old Bell since 2009, having previously worked alongside Mr Dobson at the Queen's Head for five years.
As well as the Recovery Club, Mr Hooton has just launched a new lunchtime food menu at the Old Bell. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, customers will be offered a range of focaccia sandwiches, an 'on toast' selection and tapas with a British twist - homemade roast potatoes, homemade honey and mustard cocktail sausages and homemade salted popcorn. Food will initially be offered from midday to 3.00 pm.
Mr Hooton said, "It may seem counter-intuitive to recover from a night in the pub by going to the pub! However, the Recovery Club idea got a big 'thumbs up' from a number of Old Bell regulars, so we're confident there are enough people in Henley in need of 'pick me up' on Saturday morning for it to be a success."
He added, "The Recovery Club isn't just for those who've overindulged, we're expecting it to draw in others looking for sanctuary from a busy Saturday - husbands waiting for wives on a shopping trip, parents waiting for children playing sport or anyone who just fancies a great bacon sandwich in a peaceful environment
Image shows Rob Hooton with some of his homemade roast potatoes