French Horn, Sonning Eye
|The French Horn|
View from the Sonning Backwater
|Current owner(s)||Michael Emmanuel|
|Head chef||Josiane Diaga|
|Food type||[Clasiic French & British]|
|Street address||[Play Hatch Road, Sonning on Thames]|
|Postal code/ZIP||RG4 6TN|
|Reservations||+44 (0)118 969 2204|
The speciality of the restaurant is duck, roasted on a spit in front of the fire, and there is an extensive wine list one of the most acclaimed in Britain with exceptional vintages of 1st Growth Claret. The restaurant has a panoramic view of the gardens and river Thames beyond. The riverside trees are floodlit at night. It is possible for diners and other visitors to moor on the river in the hotel's garden. There is an old, rusty iron gate with the name of the hotel within the ironwork on the path by the river opposite Sonning Bridge. The hotel includes a number of riverside cottages that are now used as rooms for hotel clients.
Notable clientele included the late film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner, who has used the location as a film set, and members of the Royal Family . It has also featured in the books of Dick Francis.
- The French Horn, Berkshire by Joanne O'Connor, The Observer, 21 July 2002.
- The French Horn, Sonning, Berkshire: Rena Munro experiences a taste of France on the Thames in slow-lane Berkshire by Rena Munro, The Sunday Times, 11 March 2007.
- Stop the week: Winner's dinners — Decent hospital food? Always a tricky operation by Michael Winner, The Sunday Times, 11 March 2007.