Coffee break: Boat, Streatley
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I went for a little exploratory jaunt into South Oxfordshire and ended up hopping over the border into Berkshire with Streatley/Goring. I put them together because, as anyone from the area knows, they’re inextricably linked, two picturesque villages a mere bridge away from each other.
On the Streatley side happens to be The Swan (above), a recently revamped hotel and gym that is situated in a gorgeous position on the river bank. A friend of mine had tweeted a picture from there the other day so I thought I’d go and check it out.
As you can see from the pics below, hotel itself has been updated tastefully and sedately (I’m imagining a lot of business people and local clientele) but it’s real calling card is its outdoor eating area smack on the river.
Time is ticking on using it this year – the air has more than a hint of autumn to it now – but you never know your luck. On the day I visited last Thursday it was gloriously sunny still.
The lunch menu here is restauranty (£12-£16) though they do have a snacky bit too, so I went for my default, a smoked salmon and cream cheese wrap (£6.50) which was lovely.
I’d pretty much decided it was a great lunch or brunchy kind of place and was leaving to go to my car when I walked past The Boat, part of the same hotel complex but with a much cooler, relaxed cafe vibe. It only opened a couple of weeks ago, so it’s pretty much hot off the presses.
I loved the counter made up of fruit boxes and the three tiny outside seating booths. Ideal for a coffee and snack to set you up for the day (including gluten free cakes for those who need such things).
Doesn’t it look great?
I can’t vouch for the food or coffee as I’d already done my dash in the restaurant next door, but if you’re going down this way on a fine day, I think I’ve just found your mid morning cafe! Combine with a walk into Goring and a meander down to the lock and beyond to top it off.
The Swan at Streatley, High St, Streatley-on-Thames, Berkshire, RG8 9HR. Tel: 01491 878 800. www.theswanatstreatley.com