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The Riverside Enclosure
Temple Island Meadows

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  • 65 / 100
    Hospitality Critic
    Review Score

The Riverside Enclosure is based within Temple Island Meadows and overlooks Temple Island at the start of the course, with a private garden area providing outstanding views.

Guests can expect top quality food throughout including canapés on arrival, and an exquisite four-course luncheon all enjoyed whilst the jazz band play.

The marquees themselves have TV coverage of the Wimbledon Championships, and for those wanting something extra special, river cruises are available at extra cost.




Rating: Good

Plus

  • Attractive Location
  • Views of the Racing at the Start of the Race
  • VIP Hostess Service

Minus

  • No Access to the Stewards’ Enclosure
  • Champagne Extra Cost after the Reception
  • Riverboat Cruise Optional Extra

Key Points

Location Temple Island Meadows, at the Start of the Course, Overlooking Temple Island
Side of River Thames Berkshire Station
Catering
  • Morning Coffee, Tea & Luxury Biscuits
  • 4-Course Luncheon
  • Deluxe Afternoon Tea
Drinks
  • Champagne, Pimm's Reception
  • Complimentary Bar (Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
  • Prosecco & Signature Henley Cocktails
Parking 1 per 2 Guests
Price Guide from £240
Price Rating £££

Package Content

Location

Temple Island Meadows, at the Start of the Course, Overlooking Temple Island

Viewing

Riverside Views

Car Parking

1 per 2 Guests

Private Table/Facility Size

  • 8, 10 or 12 Guests
  • Private Chalets (30 Guests or More)

Reception Catering

Morning Coffee, Tea & Luxury Biscuits

Reception Drink

Champagne, Pimm's & Canapés Reception

Bar Inclusions

  • Complimentary Bar
  • Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks
  • Prosecco & Signature Henley Cocktails

Main Meal

4-Course Luncheon

Additional Catering

Deluxe Afternoon Tea

Audio Visual

TV Coverage

Programme

Henley Royal Regatta Programme

Riverboat Cruise

Optional 1 Hour River Cruise (Additional Cost)

Hostess Service

VIP Hostess Service

Extra Inclusions

  • Private Garden Area
  • Spectacular Jazz Band Performing throughout
  • Optional Return Boat Transfer from Henley Train Station to Riverside Enclosure (Additional Cost)

Our in-depth article will tell you everything you need to know.

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The Riverside Enclosure Hospitality Critic Review

Introduction

The Riverside Enclosure is a hospitality facility that is situated along the Berkshire bank of the River Thames, at the start of the Regatta course (directly opposite the small island, eyot, of Temple Island with its iconic 18th-century temple folly). The land is owned and administered by the Copas Partnership, which has a long association with Henley going back to the turn of the 20th century. There are several hospitality villages on this stretch of the river, the Riverside Enclosure occupies a nice location. Although this is an unofficial hospitality village it is of much less importance than other events as Henley does not require admission tickets, and the facility can be judged solely on the standard of its hospitality.

Location

The village is located on the Temple Island Meadows, which are beautifully maintained meadows located on one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Thames, at the start of the Regatta Course. This Berkshire Bank location is on the same side of the river as the Stewards’ Enclosure (which is a mile upriver at the end of the course). (Please note that a public footpath runs along the riverbank so your view may be slightly obscured by passing pedestrians).

Facility/Décor

This is a pleasant hospitality village with nicely decorated marquees in a traditional pleated lining style, with pretty lawned gardens defined with white picket fencing. The communal garden area is a relaxed environment with garden furniture.

Private Tables

Private tables are available for 10 guests in the restaurant facility, smaller groups will need to share a table. Private company hospitality chalets (with private gardens) are available for 30 guests or more.

Admission

An admission badge to the Riverside Enclosure is included, however, generally there are no tickets required to watch the Regatta. The facility does not include admission into the Stewards’ Enclosure; however, it is situated at the other end of the course anyway.

Catering

Catering is a key element of your day at Henley. On arrival morning coffee and luxury biscuits are served, followed by canapés, you can then look forward to a 4-course plated luncheon. Later in the day, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea including savouries, Henley Macaroons, a selection of delicious cakes and sandwiches.

 

Afternoon Tea

Drinks

There is a Champagne & Pimms reception, and the bar is complimentary including beers, wines, selected spirits, Prosecco, Cocktails, and soft drinks. Please note that Champagne is an extra charge after the reception.

Riverboat Cruise

A riverboat cruise is available, but only for an optional extra.

Service

There is a VIP hostess service, which greatly enhances the drinks service.

Entertainment

A Jazz Band plays sessions throughout the day.

Audio-Visual

There are a few TV monitors which enable you to keep a track on other sporting events taking place, notably Wimbledon.

Car Parking

Reserved car parking (1 pass per 2 guests) is available close to the hospitality facility.

Extras

An official souvenir Henley Royal Regatta Racing Programme is included (1 per 4 guests).

Ratings Understand our scoring
65 / 100
Location
Catering
Admission
Drinks
Facility
Riverboat Cruise
Service
Entertainment
Car Parking
Audio-Visual
Extras
Total 65/100
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Dress Code

The Stewards’ Enclosure requires gentlemen to wear lounge suits, or jackets/blazers with flannels and a tie or cravat, ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee. Outside of the enclosure, the atmosphere is less formal though most dress up, wearing club blazers and other rowing apparel.

Getting There

Please allow extra time to enter car parks near the Regatta due to security measures and the one-way system in place during the Regatta which is indicated by signs. The main taxi drop point during the Regatta is on the main road, just a short walk from the enclosures.

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