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The French Horn

Playhatch Road | B478, Sonning-on-Thames, England
+44 118 969 2204
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good18%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“duck” (54 reviews)
“crepe suzette” (20 reviews)
“dover sole” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
French, British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Playhatch Road | B478, Sonning-on-Thames, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great lunch with great service and great wine. Very knowledgeable sommelier with some great tips. Looking forwards to visiting this restaurant again in the near future.

Thank simon1con
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have dined several times here when visiting a clergy friend locally. The place is most attractive, the staff and service top-notch and the food delicious. Rather than a large menu there are fewer items - still providing a good selection - that the place concentrates...More

Thank Marcus S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Returned again with friends for a Sunday Lunch birthday celebration, these events started over 30 years ago. Firstly for their wedding reception. This is a beautiful venue, with lawns going down to the river. Nothing changes, always made welcome, good food, very good service, with...More

Thank Ricketywood
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First dinner at the French Horn for sometime we shouldn't have left it so long. Classical restaurant with french influenced menu and service to match. Very busy but that made no difference to the service we received. A drink in the cosy bar with Ducks...More

Thank Peterhug27
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Went with friends for an evening meal to celebrate my wife's birthday and to chat before I go away. Fabulous old fashioned place and great location. Welcome was very formal and actually made a change. Food and service was outstanding and although very expensive worth...More

Thank Rodkoi
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

The plate of whitebait is enormous, warm and freshly cooked with a wonderful tartare sauce. There were so many that I couldn't eat them all. The 8oz Rib Eye steak was tasty (albeit medium rare was really very rare) with a fragrant soya based sauce...More

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Nice big restaurant with great cuisine! We had the set menus and surprisingly the portion size was quite large. Overall quality of food was high and service was very detailed.

Thank Lucell
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely staff. Great location. Wonderful little cottage with two double rooms. Excellent breakfast. Thank you, French Horn. Hugely appreciated.

Thank Hockney100
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The French Horn has a fabulous location on the Thames, in the pretty village of Sonning. The traffic waiting to cross the bridge can be problematic. The bar is snug with an open fire where they cook the duck on a spit. Great views of...More

1  Thank 69trisha
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

A great afternoon , drinks the terrace prior. We had the private room. Service first class . We preordered our meals from there party menu. The Duck and Lamb were both excellent. The wine as usual very good. Look forward to the next time!

2  Thank Barneyq101
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a dress code? What do guests at the restaurant usually wear??
30 March 2016|
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Response from Feff35 | Reviewed this property |
Smart Casual. No jeans, preferably.
Trevor S
Over 25 years I've learned to like and respect this place: was this placed by a competitor
4 August 2015|
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Hello, do you have several vegetarian options?
13 May 2015|
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Response from johneil | Reviewed this property |
Our experience is that there are not many real vegetarian options. But you should contact the restaurant directly and we are certain that they will respond positively to your requirements.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playhatch Road | B478, Sonning-on-Thames, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Sonning-on-Thames
  • Phone Number: +44 118 969 2204