Phyllis Court Club Open Day

Phyllis Court Announces Literary Festival Pop-up Restaurant

Hot dogs, falafel and noodle ramen will be on the menu at Henley’s newest pop-up restaurant in the stunning setting of Phyllis Court, coinciding with next week’s Henley Literary Festival.

The Thames-side Club is one of the major venues for the October 2-8 Festival, with over 25 events featuring speakers including Fearne Cotton, Nick Clegg, Kate Humble, Roy Hattersley, Clare Balding, Greg James and the Countess of Carnarvon. To mark the occasion the Club is opening the doors to its beautiful, Grade II listed Riverside Pavilion from Wednesday October 4 to Sunday October 8, 11am-8pm each day, with the food court moving to the Finlay Terrace on the Saturday.

A relaxed pop-up food court on the lower deck will serve a variety of flavoursome ‘street foods’, all served hot. Meal vouchers, costing £8, can be bought in advance at or purchased on the day (limited availability). The menu includes: smoked pork and beef ‘Dirty Dog’ served in a brioche bun with American mustard, ketchup, & bacon crumb; ‘Falafel Dog’ with minted herb yoghurt, & baba ghanoush; ‘Smeat’ – a Bowland forest beef stew with mini herb dumplings and vegetables; and noodle ramen pots with chicken or vegetables. Tea, coffee, biscuits and Danish’s will be available throughout the day, and the Bar will open from 11am serving both soft and alcoholic drinks.

Phyllis Court commercial director Caroline O’Connor said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Literary Festival in our Ballroom and Riverside Pavilion again this year. Whether audience members choose to eat before or after their event, they can soak up the ambiance a little longer with a delicious meal in the Riverside Pavilion and enjoy panoramic views of our 18-acre grounds, River Thames and the Chilterns.”

Henley Literary Festival events director Harriet Reed added: “We love working with Phyllis Court and are thrilled that festival-goers can spend time at the Club before or after. With our most international line-up of authors yet combined with the best in British writers, it is very fitting that they are bringing a taste of Asia and America to Henley, along with a classic homegrown dish.”

In addition to Phyllis Court other venues for the Festival this year include Henley Town Hall, the Kenton Theatre, the Hibernia, the River & Rowing Museum and the Baillie Gifford Festival Hub marquee in Market Place. 160 events for adults and children include Roddy Doyle, June Sarpong, Dermot O’Leary, Jess Phillips and Prue Leith. Full information and tickets are available at  from 9am and by phone on 01491 575948 (10am-4pm, Monday to Friday).


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