Thursday, 19 October 2017

Teas on Red Lion Lawn

FOOD and drink will be sold on Red Lion Lawn in Henley from Monday.

FOOD and drink will be sold on Red Lion Lawn in Henley from Monday.

The Red Lion Hotel has been licensed to use part of the riverside amenity by the town council, which owns it.

The hotel plans to serve afternoon tea and coffee during the day and possibly grilled food on warm evenings. Small tables will be positioned close to the railings.

Members of the public will still be able to access the area and the licence will be reviewed after six months.

Speaking at a council meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Sam Evans said: “Red Lion Lawn is one of the most special places in the town — it is right next to the water and it has got absolutely everything going for it. To give people the option to sit down and be waited on with a coffee or a glass wine, depending on the time of day, would be very special.”

But Councillor Lorraine Hillier said: “Are we going to commercialise everything in this town? Isn’t it enough that we have already done this in the Market Place? I just think it is wrong to take it away from the public.”

Speaking after the meeting, hotel owner Sam Gill said: “We will see how we get on — it will be a test bed for us and for the council.”

More than £24,000 was spent restoring Red Lion Lawn last year.

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