Proprietor and Chef James Orford has an extensive culinary background including training under Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saison and himself bringing on young students while lecturing restaurant hospitality management. Almost all of his chefs are the former top students who he selected to continue their training under him and who have been part of the team from the beginning almost seven years ago.

The common ethos is to provide interesting, high quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Starting with bread baked fresh each morning, all our dishes and ice creams are freshly prepared and 'home' cooked in our kitchens.

After seven years of owning and running the Bull & Butcher, it became apparent that the pie of the day was particularly popular and so James and his team have moved forward to specialize in homemade pies and suet puddings. The pub offers a range of classic flavours including steak & ale, chicken & mushroom, venison, lamb & mint and a vegitarian/vegan roasted vegetables & pearl barley. Pies are available in both a full shortcrust pastry with top, bottom and sides all encased in a homemade melt in the mouth shortcrust butter pastry and a lighter version with just a puff pastry lid for those counting the calories! Choose your own accompaniments to make the perfect pie meal designed for you. The star of the show is the steamed suet steak & kidney pudding which you seldom see on menus. All pies are entirely made on the premises and made with care and passion.

Please book tables particularly for the weekends and bank holidays to avoid disappointment.

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We do get very busy!

For Bookings of 8 or more, a pre-order is required. Please download from below, the appropriate form for lunch, dinner or Sunday lunch and send it back to us using our CONTACT form.  Thank you.

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Trip Advisor Reviews

Tripadvisor 5star  Excellent - Fabulous food.
"Found this pub restaurant and managed to get a table - but seems it’s best to book to be sure of a table as it is very popular - and wow! We chose a Thai fish dish and it was excellent. We saw a sharing...More"  May 2023

"Lovely pub in a lovely location. stopped just for drinks but dining area was rammed and food looked lush. First week back post COVID to 7 days a week didn’t take long for the custom to return. Will defo be going back" Oct 2022

"I've lost count of how many times I've been and it never disappoints (apart from when there's no steak and kidney pudding on the menu).
Service was excellent. Food was good and we were grateful to have been able to eat without a booking." Sept 2022.

"this is a wonderful pub, and the food is fabulous. it is well worth a trip to visit. the staff are all very attentive and the dogs provided great entertainment as well" Aug 2022

Opening Times

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 3pm & 5:30 - 10pm

Saturday: 12 - 11pm

Sunday: 12 - 6pm

Lunch & Dinner Service Times

Mon - Fri: 12 - 2:30pm & 6 - 9pm

Saturday: 12 - 3pm & 6 - 9pm

Sunday: 12 - 5pm

Our Location

The Bull and Butcher,
Henley on Thames, RG9 6QU

Tel: 01491 638 283 - EMAIL US

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