YUM: Sunday lunch at The Quince Cafe, Henley

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What’s that you say? Sorry I can’t hear you, my ear is still totally to the ground….

For yes, last weekend your intrepid guzzler sniffed the rumour, made the call and zipped on down to the very first Sunday lunch at The River & Rowing Museum’s resident funky cafe The Quince Tree (sister caff to the Quince restaurant/pub/deli in Stonor). This is the kind of sacrifice I like to make on your behalf *cough* , and all the better with a stinking hangover, and kids to amuse in the day.

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There are , of course, many brilliant things about eating a Sunday lunch at an old country pub, with walks close and that lovely cosy feeling of having one foot in the past, but actually a more practical option with itchy-feeted kids can be to combine it with a museum, a river, a park, a playground.

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The deck and outside seating at The Quince Tree is massively popular, especially with this blast of late sunny weather, but as we were late booking, we sat  inside – not a bad option with young kids actually, though I couldn’t help but glance jealously at the sunshine from time to time. I guess in another month when the wind picks up I’ll be guffawing. HAHAHAHA!!

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Though a cafe in name, The Quince Tree in Henley is a halfway house between a restaurant and normal cafe, with reserved seating and relaxed table service. So though it sounds unusual in some ways, it actually makes sense to serve a roast on a Sunday. I had a beautifully tender roast beef, with added sunshine…

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That said you don’t need to eat a roast of course, there’s an array  light lunches like salmon fishcakes, ploughman’s or tomato, mozzarella and basil tart.

The bratlets ate from a special kids menu – sausages, chicken strips, that kind of thing, but we did let them loose on the adult menu for desserts. Treacle toffee pudding that was so good it made you weep to eat the last mouthful. I can say this with some authority since I did actually nick Iris’s final spoonful of spongey joy. Yeah yeah, so I know it, I’m a bad, bad mother.

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After lunch we bought some tat (a bouncy ball, a stretchy centipede) from the River & Rowing museum shop, then went down to the river to walk along the river, before going into the park and the very good park.

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Had I not felt so horrifically poisoned by Proscecco I would have added a little cruise down the river in a hire boat, but you know, there’s only so much pleasure this local superblogger can take on one functioning kidney.

The Quince Tree, Henley, RG9 6HE. Tel: 01491 639039. thequincetree.com/henley

 

 

 

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