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Outside the UK: +44 (0) 1666 824666


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About The French Horn

A riverside inn has stood on this incomparable site for 150 years, alongside the bustling bridges of Sonning. Today, The French Horn still overlooks a picturesque curve of the River Thames, shaded by weeping willows, and graced by swans and moorhens. Softly floodlit at night, the gardens offer a romantic riverside setting for summer dining, and pretty views on a chilly winter's night.

The French Horn has charming bedrooms, including converted riverside cottages, and is most famous as a "Restaurant with Rooms", with one of the finest wine cellars to be found in England. A particular specialty of the house is the spit-roasted local duck, which turns in front of the open fire in the bar.

A pretty private dining room adjoins the main restaurant, which in turn opens on to the sweeping lawns down to the river - an ideal setting for an intimate dinner, or a perfect Sunday lunch.

Situated a stone's throw from Henley-on-Thames, The French Horn is also ideally located for racing at Ascot, Sandown, Windsor and Newbury. Walks and golf courses abound nearby.

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Check-in at 2.00pm.


Check-out at 10.30am.


Head chef Gilles Company was born in Dijon and joined the French Horn after cooking in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in France and London. Gilles was honoured with a ‘Pride of Britain’ award for his food in 2006.

Dress code: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted in the restaurant, along with laptops and mobile phones.

Opening Times: 12.00-2.15pm and 7.00-9.45pm.

Room Service: Available during limited hours.

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Tariff at The French Horn

Guide price: Double room for two persons per night including full breakfast and VAT from £160-£215.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929

Contact The French Horn


Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, RG4 6TN


0808 163 9073


0118 969 2204



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For further information or queries please contact 0808 163 9073


Directions by road

M4 towards Reading, turning onto the A404(M) at Junction 8/9. Exit at Junction 9B, taking the A4 towards Reading. Look for signs for Sonning-on-Thames on the right. Turn right down the B478 through the village and over the bridge. The French Horn is on the left and the car park is on the right.

Directions by air

London Heathrow (LHR): 30 miles.

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The French Horn - nearby attractions

Explore Reading and London

Minutes from Reading train station is only minutes from The French Horn, making the capital, London, an extremely accessible location with only a short train journey of 20 minutes. If closer to home is what you're after, there is a plethora of shops to explore in Reading's Newbury Oracle Centre which is mere minutes' drive away. Also well located are the race courses at Ascot and Newbury, golf courses Sunningdale and Wentworth, Stratfield Saye House and Blenheim Palace and The Living Rainforest at Newbury.

LEGOLAND® at Windsor

Only 30 minutes' drive away is the family friendly LEGOLAND® at Windsor. The resort hosts over 55 interactive rides and attractions from escaping fearsome dragons, riding the rapids to underwater voyages. For opening times and entry prices more information can be found on their website.

Henley Royal Regatta

Undoubtedly Henley Royal Regatta is the best known regatta in the world and is a true highlight of the summer sporting calendar. Aside from the rowing, visitors can also take in the ambiance and enjoy the many facilities within its enclosures.

Meetings at The French Horn

Day delegate rate: £75
24-hour delegate rate: £255

Maximum number of delegates:
14 (boardroom style)

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