• CROOKED BILLET, STOKE ROW

    HENLEY ON THAMES

  • CROOKED BILLET, STOKE ROW

    HENLEY ON THAMES

  • CROOKED BILLET, STOKE ROW

    HENLEY ON THAMES

  • CROOKED BILLET, STOKE ROW

    HENLEY ON THAMES

Welcome to the Crooked Billet

Owner Paul Clerehugh, along with Head Chef Chris Cook and his traditional brigade of 9 chefs, make absolutely everything on the premises – bread, cheese biscuits, stocks, sauces, sorbet, ice cream and of course our famous Crooked Billet fudge. We’re equally proud of Louise and her front of house team. Friendly, attentive, personality driven service. An enthusiastic team that smiles and wants to please. Not a bunch of kids saving up to go travelling.

The Crooked Billet cooks an eclectic menu with modern British and popular bistro favourites working in harmony.

Our Food

We use as much local and British seasonal produce when it’s good but don’t restrict or spoil a menu by avoiding using delicious ingredients from far flung destinations. Besides, we’ve been importing produce since before the Roman invasion, and who wants to go through life without chocolate.

See our latest menus

Exclusive Hire

The Crooked Billet can accommodate approximately 70 guests and may be booked out exclusively. We are also able to connect a marquee to the pub and accommodate up to 200 guests. There is a private dining room, which at a squeeze accommodates 50 guests. This room is ideal for business functions, birthdays, and luncheon meetings, Christmas parties and so on. The private dining room is also ideal for smaller groups.

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The Crooked Billet Event Calendar

The way our music nights work is that you book a table in the restaurant & pay for whatever you eat & drink. There is no obligation to have a full 3 course meal, however guests are expected to eat. 100% of the music cover charge goes directly to the artist, after Sajid Javid has had his thieving hands on 20% of the artists wages.

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BURNS NIGHT CELEBRATION

Top Céilidh Band, Kippers & Kilts

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI

The first European female artist to be signed to The Motown Label. Kiki had solo hits with ‘Amoureuse’ and ‘I Got The Music In Me’ but is best known for her chart topping duet ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Elton John.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge

Joe Martin & his All Star band perform some of the great legendary singer songwriter classics of the last four decades. Paul Simon, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor & many more.

Following a triumphant Edinburgh fringe stint & sell out West End run, we are thrilled to welcome this brilliant entertainer to the Crooked Billet!

As a second generation Martin, Joe is a consummate entertainer. Acoustic rootsy music deep in his heart & soul.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge

GLENN TILBROOK

Iconic SQUEEZE front man performs all of his hits. Including ‘Pulling Mussels from a Shell‘, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Another Nail in my Heart’, ‘Black Coffee in Bed‘, ‘Take Me I’m Yours‘, ‘Holiday‘. ‘Tempted‘, ‘Hourglass‘, ‘Annie Get Your Gun‘, ‘Goodbye Girl‘, ‘Cradle to the Grave‘, ‘In Quintessence‘, ‘Satisfied‘, ‘Up The Junction‘. ‘Cool For Cats‘.

Full regular menu, £30 music cover charge

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Top Irish band – fiddle. Irish pipes. Bodhran, whistles & strings.

Full a la carte menu, lots of Irish specials.

£35 music cover

MOSCOW DRUG CLUB

Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a dew to drink and stagger into the darkness of some Eastern European cobbled street to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam.

Expect an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge

A rare chance to see the iconic frontman alongside two members of Big Country.

From school punk to modern day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full & colourful life. 1977 at 15 years old he launched The Skids with his friend Stuart Adamson.

Hits including the immortal ‘Into The Valley’, ‘Working for The Yankee Dollar’, ‘Charade’, ‘Circus Games’ & their platinum selling album The Absolute Game.

4 hit albums later, The Skids folded, Stuart Adamson formed Big Country.

Joining Richard on Tuesday 5th April will be Bruce & Jamie Watson of Big Country who will perform many BIG country hits & favourites before joining Richard for acoustic renditions of his back catalogue.

Full regular menu, £30 music cover charge

Dave perhaps best known as The Blues Band, legendary guitar & smoky vocalist. Dave, one of the founder musicians of 1950/60s British blues boom with Fleetwood Mac & John Mayall. Dave’s astonishing 5 decade career performing with Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Budy Guy & Alvin Lee.

Full regular menu, £20 music cover charge.

FROM THE JAM

The Jam dominated the charts in the 70s & 80s with over 20 hit singles. It’s extremely unlikely the world will ever see the Jam play again. On the 3rd, 4th & 5th May, see original member Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings perform all the favourites including ‘Down in The Tube Station at Midnight’, ‘Going Underground’, ‘Town Called Malice’, ‘In The City’, ‘Start!’ ‘David Watts’, ‘Eton Riffles’, ‘Funeral Dyre’, ‘That’s Entertainment’ & loads more in a one off special acoustic duo show.

Music cover charge £50, full regular menu

DEAN FRIEDMAN

Grammy award-winning American singer songwriter, whose number 1 British singles include ‘Ariel’, ‘Woman of Mine’. ‘Lucky Stars’ & ‘Lydia’. Unreal for an artist of this calibre – James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Denver, Don McLean & Art Garfunkel, to fly across the Atlantic & entertain 60 people in a sleepy Oxfordshire country pub. Deano makes his annual pilgrimage to Stoke Row because he likes the pub! Enjoy Dean’s solo show & all the hits in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet.

Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th May 2022

Full regular menu, £27.50 music cover charge

All star line up. Art/Sax, Denny Ilett/Guitar, Andy Crowdy/Double Bass, Steve Brown/Drums. Musicians best known on the world jazz scene, but all with bluesy roots. Art originally with Jack Bruce & Alexis Corner, Steve with Benny Golson & Harry ‘Sweet’ Edison. 4 incredible jazz musicians take a bluesier turn & bring you standards & contemporary songs with a down home twist.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge.

Starring Ray Jackson, frontman & original member of Tyneside legends Lindisfarne.

An all star line up “Silver Blue” where members of Lindisfarne meet friends from Fairport Convention. Ray Jackson & Tom Leary. Ric Saunders & Vo Fletcher. Four members of both iconic bands join forces performing their favourite tunes.

For the musical nuts & pop master aficionados you may be aware that these musicians have an impressive history with involvement in many related side bands.

Tom & Ric are also in festival favourites “A Feast of Fiddles”, you’ll also know Vo as a TV presenter & performing with John Mayall & Nigel Kennedy. Legendary musician Ray Jackson famously recorded Maggie May with Rod Stewart, Ray’s vocals, blues, harp & strings star on hundreds of hits & albums.

Guaranteed to sell out!

Full regular menu £32 music cover charge

BUDAPEST CAFE ORCHESTRA

A 4-piece acoustically electrifying orchestra playing gypsy & folk-flavoured music from all around the world; the BCO deliver traditional Balkan, Russian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional gypsy and folk music in their own fresh and surprising way with jazz nuances and their own unique arrangements and established by award-winning British composer, violinist and teacher Christian Garrick in 2009.

BCO are specialists of the ‘distilled concerto’: e.g. the Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Greig Squeezebox Concertos and admired for their artful re-workings of masterpieces by the greats of the Romantic era. BCO has made a special bond with Scotlandia performing some 200 shows across the Highlands and Islands in touring extensively each year there since 2011 all crowned with the 2014 album The Gaelic Chronicles.

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra share as many blood cells with the folk of Hungary as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra do with the web-footed fellows of Antarctica. Their Magic Potion is a closely guarded recipe of malt, hops, yeast and water, handed down in the secret tongue of Estuary English through generations of Professional Gypsies. With a sole mission: to entertain and enchant audiences, they are undaunted by even the most demanding, wildest audiences!

£27 Music Cover Charge

BURNS NIGHT CELEBRATION

Top Céilidh Band, Kippers & Kilts

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI

The first European female artist to be signed to The Motown Label. Kiki had solo hits with ‘Amoureuse’ and ‘I Got The Music In Me’ but is best known for her chart topping duet ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Elton John.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge

Joe Martin & his All Star band perform some of the great legendary singer songwriter classics of the last four decades. Paul Simon, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor & many more.

Following a triumphant Edinburgh fringe stint & sell out West End run, we are thrilled to welcome this brilliant entertainer to the Crooked Billet!

As a second generation Martin, Joe is a consummate entertainer. Acoustic rootsy music deep in his heart & soul.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge

GLENN TILBROOK

Iconic SQUEEZE front man performs all of his hits. Including ‘Pulling Mussels from a Shell‘, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Another Nail in my Heart’, ‘Black Coffee in Bed‘, ‘Take Me I’m Yours‘, ‘Holiday‘. ‘Tempted‘, ‘Hourglass‘, ‘Annie Get Your Gun‘, ‘Goodbye Girl‘, ‘Cradle to the Grave‘, ‘In Quintessence‘, ‘Satisfied‘, ‘Up The Junction‘. ‘Cool For Cats‘.

Full regular menu, £30 music cover charge

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Top Irish band – fiddle. Irish pipes. Bodhran, whistles & strings.

Full a la carte menu, lots of Irish specials.

£35 music cover

MOSCOW DRUG CLUB

Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a dew to drink and stagger into the darkness of some Eastern European cobbled street to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam.

Expect an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge

A rare chance to see the iconic frontman alongside two members of Big Country.

From school punk to modern day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full & colourful life. 1977 at 15 years old he launched The Skids with his friend Stuart Adamson.

Hits including the immortal ‘Into The Valley’, ‘Working for The Yankee Dollar’, ‘Charade’, ‘Circus Games’ & their platinum selling album The Absolute Game.

4 hit albums later, The Skids folded, Stuart Adamson formed Big Country.

Joining Richard on Tuesday 5th April will be Bruce & Jamie Watson of Big Country who will perform many BIG country hits & favourites before joining Richard for acoustic renditions of his back catalogue.

Full regular menu, £30 music cover charge

Dave perhaps best known as The Blues Band, legendary guitar & smoky vocalist. Dave, one of the founder musicians of 1950/60s British blues boom with Fleetwood Mac & John Mayall. Dave’s astonishing 5 decade career performing with Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Budy Guy & Alvin Lee.

Full regular menu, £20 music cover charge.

FROM THE JAM

The Jam dominated the charts in the 70s & 80s with over 20 hit singles. It’s extremely unlikely the world will ever see the Jam play again. On the 3rd, 4th & 5th May, see original member Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings perform all the favourites including ‘Down in The Tube Station at Midnight’, ‘Going Underground’, ‘Town Called Malice’, ‘In The City’, ‘Start!’ ‘David Watts’, ‘Eton Riffles’, ‘Funeral Dyre’, ‘That’s Entertainment’ & loads more in a one off special acoustic duo show.

Music cover charge £50, full regular menu

DEAN FRIEDMAN

Grammy award-winning American singer songwriter, whose number 1 British singles include ‘Ariel’, ‘Woman of Mine’. ‘Lucky Stars’ & ‘Lydia’. Unreal for an artist of this calibre – James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Denver, Don McLean & Art Garfunkel, to fly across the Atlantic & entertain 60 people in a sleepy Oxfordshire country pub. Deano makes his annual pilgrimage to Stoke Row because he likes the pub! Enjoy Dean’s solo show & all the hits in the intimacy of the Crooked Billet.

Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th May 2022

Full regular menu, £27.50 music cover charge

All star line up. Art/Sax, Denny Ilett/Guitar, Andy Crowdy/Double Bass, Steve Brown/Drums. Musicians best known on the world jazz scene, but all with bluesy roots. Art originally with Jack Bruce & Alexis Corner, Steve with Benny Golson & Harry ‘Sweet’ Edison. 4 incredible jazz musicians take a bluesier turn & bring you standards & contemporary songs with a down home twist.

Full regular menu, £25 music cover charge.

Starring Ray Jackson, frontman & original member of Tyneside legends Lindisfarne.

An all star line up “Silver Blue” where members of Lindisfarne meet friends from Fairport Convention. Ray Jackson & Tom Leary. Ric Saunders & Vo Fletcher. Four members of both iconic bands join forces performing their favourite tunes.

For the musical nuts & pop master aficionados you may be aware that these musicians have an impressive history with involvement in many related side bands.

Tom & Ric are also in festival favourites “A Feast of Fiddles”, you’ll also know Vo as a TV presenter & performing with John Mayall & Nigel Kennedy. Legendary musician Ray Jackson famously recorded Maggie May with Rod Stewart, Ray’s vocals, blues, harp & strings star on hundreds of hits & albums.

Guaranteed to sell out!

Full regular menu £32 music cover charge

BUDAPEST CAFE ORCHESTRA

A 4-piece acoustically electrifying orchestra playing gypsy & folk-flavoured music from all around the world; the BCO deliver traditional Balkan, Russian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional gypsy and folk music in their own fresh and surprising way with jazz nuances and their own unique arrangements and established by award-winning British composer, violinist and teacher Christian Garrick in 2009.

BCO are specialists of the ‘distilled concerto’: e.g. the Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Greig Squeezebox Concertos and admired for their artful re-workings of masterpieces by the greats of the Romantic era. BCO has made a special bond with Scotlandia performing some 200 shows across the Highlands and Islands in touring extensively each year there since 2011 all crowned with the 2014 album The Gaelic Chronicles.

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra share as many blood cells with the folk of Hungary as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra do with the web-footed fellows of Antarctica. Their Magic Potion is a closely guarded recipe of malt, hops, yeast and water, handed down in the secret tongue of Estuary English through generations of Professional Gypsies. With a sole mission: to entertain and enchant audiences, they are undaunted by even the most demanding, wildest audiences!

£27 Music Cover Charge

Cooking Demonstrations

You’re seated around the demo kitchen, plenty of tasters to sample, chat with Paul & Chris as they cook – fun, friendly, informative & relaxed.

Join Crooked Billet’s Paul & Chris as they prepare their favourite recipes

Locally sourced food

The Crooked Billet cooks an eclectic menu with modern British and popular bistro favourites working in harmony.

We use as much local and British seasonal produce when it’s good but don’t restrict or spoil a menu by avoiding using delicious ingredients from far flung destinations. Besides, we’ve been importing produce since before the Roman invasion, and who wants to go through life without chocolate.