• Words: Hilary Scott/Pictures: Dijana Capan

Glorious Henley food

Another working day but this time, lucky us, at Henley Festival.

It's very posh but a lot of fun and it always attracts some great artists.

It also has some fabulous food offerings - and every year we are heartened to see Paul Clerehugh's pop-up restaurant there in a lovely setting.

Paul, of course, runs the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row and London Street Brasserie in central Reading.

His food is excellent and we love the way he tailors his Henley menu to the punters.

So you could have a Quick Hot Sandwich if you were on the run in your Jimmy Choos - salt beef on rye or a posh fish dog.

There were bowls brimful of salads or you could order from the Griddled, Seared and Baked menu - a herb grilled local free range chicken with broad bean, ricotta, pea, fennel and mint. Or a Baked Bix Cheese in a Box (from Nettlebed) with asparagus soldiers, pickles, crostini and crudites.

The Long Horn Salt Beef which is slow baked sounded amazing, as did the Mediterranean Pork, Paprika and Chorizo Ragout.

For dessert there was Mr Whippy Ice Cream on Dark Chocolate Mousse with a Flake, a summer pudding glistening below heavy cream and more.

Jugs of Pimms, fizz, sparkling G&Ts (including Hobbs of Henley gin), beer and cocktails were passed over the bar to sate the thirsty crowd.

Do try and go at least once to Henley - we're sure next year's line-up will be just as imaginative as previous years.

And meanwhile give the Crooked Billet or London Street Brasserie a try too. You won't need a tux!

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