THE Angel on the Bridge pub in Henley dates back to the early 18th century and is steeped
THE Angel on the Bridge pub in Henley dates back to the early 18th century and is steeped in character.
Fixed to the wooden floor in the bar are two brass plates, marking the spots where Grace Kelly and music hall star Max Miller once stood.
The actress visited the pub to celebrate in July 1949 when her brother Jack won the diamond sculls at Henley Royal Regatta for the second time in three years. The plate is not the original — that was stolen.
Miller would stay in a caravan on Wargrave Road while he was appearing in Reading and would rehearse his act in the bar and observe the reaction of other drinkers.
Apparently, the "Cheeky Chappie" rarely bought others a drink so when once he actually paid for a round for all the regulars the landlord had the plaque made. However, as you can see from the picture, the engraver got a bit muddled.