• 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.

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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.

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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CHRIS JAGGER & FRIENDS

Chris & his utterly delicious 3-piece rootsy, bluesy, rocking, acoustic band. Classic Jagger vocals, sweet & sour harmonies, guitar, fiddle & double bass. Always one of our most popular music evenings. A rock &; roll English Ceilidh band, makes you want to drink scrumpy & stomp. On a scale of 1 to 10 the Crooked Billet scores them 11. Chris has collaborated with an eclectic selection of artists including Al Stewart, Ian Dury & Cat Stevens

£20 Music Cover Charge

MICKY MOODY & PAPA GEORGE

Two of the world’s finest guitarists in an unplugged and plugged in evening of blues, blue grass, slide and early rock ‘n’ roll. A mesmerizing mixture of acoustic and electric blues ‘n’ roots favorites. A rare treat, two exquisite musicians unplugged and plugged in.

£25 Music Cover Charge

CLEARWATER CREEDENCE REVIVAL

John Fogerty’s rough and inimitable voice, a string of big hits & an appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival gave Creedence Clearwater Revival huge worldwide success. Numerous hits include “Suzy Q”, “I put a spell on you”, “Proud Mary”, “Born on the Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Green River”, “Fortunate Son”, the original of Quo’s “Rockin All Over The World”. CCR broked up in 1972. In 1998 Clearwater Creedance revival was established, 2019 the band celebrate their 21st Anniversary. Peter Barton, 15 years singer of the Animals now occupies John Fogerty’s role, CCR line up includes Geoff Hammond (Ex Paul McCartney’s Wings & Moody Blues) Graham Pollock (Ex Hollies) and Alan Sugar (Ex Slack Alice) Fabulous 1 ½  hour show, all the hits.

Full Regular Menu £25 Music Cover Charge

DAVE PEGG & A J CLARKE

Peggy & AJ have honored us with their hugely engaging, funny & musical evening previously. It’s brilliant. 2 legendary musicians & consummate entertainers – a double act of outstanding music & buckets of humor. AJ, top Irish stand up comedian & musician storms it every night he gets on stage. 25 years of touring, discovered by audiences all over the world, AJ has a legion of followers.

£20 Music Cover Charge

THE ANIMALS & FRIENDS

 

Monday 29th November, Tuesday 30th November & Wednesday 1st December

Featuring the original 1960’s members John Steel & Micky Gallagher performing with Danny Handley & Roberto Ruiz. The Animals shook the world in 1964.

Back in 1957 John Steel along with fellow Animal co- founder Eric Burdon began plying their trade in and around their native Tyneside, by the early 1960’s they were bracketed with the very best of British music- The Beatles, The Rolling Stones & The Yardbirds, respected all over the world.

The Animals were also the second British band after the Beatles to top the American charts with their multi- million selling anthem “House of the Rising Sun” Crooked Billet shows witness all the Animals legendary numbers including ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place!’ ‘Boom Boom’ ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ ‘I Put a Spell on You’ and their multi- million selling anthem & number one hit across the world ‘House of The Rising Sun’

Full Regular Menu £35 Music Cover Charge

Judie Tzuke

Fresh from the highly acclaimed, sell-out Woman To Woman UK tour with fellow artistes Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham, Judie Tzuke makes a welcome return to the stage.

The Heart, Soul & Piano tour sees Judie performing some of her classic back catalogue with stunning new piano arrangements and accompanied by some of her favourite musicians.

Judie is one of the UK’s most beloved Singer/Songwriters having burst onto the music scene in 1979 with her evergreen standard ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’. Having released 21 albums, Judie is very much looking forward to performing a selection of deep cuts and fan favourites from throughout her career including “Ladies Night”, “For You”, “Come Hell Or Waters High” and the haunting “Bring The Rain”.

Having recently toured to over 35,000 adoring fans with Beverley and Julia, Judie is very much looking forward to some intimate performances where she can deliver her songs with her unique and heartfelt sincerity.

Settle in for a truly beautiful evening.

£30 Music Cover Charge

RICHARD DIGANCE

Star of stage, screen, TV & radio. Festival headliner. A rare performer respected by comedians for his own material & by musicians for being an accomplished performer/ guitarist. Many people sing, play guitar & tell stories but not many have shared the stage with Steve Martin & Robin Williams or played guitar duet with Queen & Status Quo… or had their own prime time Saturday night TV series.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

Having rocked audiences across the UK and Europe during 2019, Rhino’s Revenge will hit the road again in 2022.

The title of the new tour is taken from the Rhino’s Revenge song of the same name.  Played for the first time during the band’s December, 2018, shows, ‘Never Too Old’ has proved to be an instant, sing-along hit.

With two albums of original material to its name – and a third currently in the making – Rhino’s Revenge brings songs from that repertoire to the stage alongside Quo favourites which Rhino has either written or co-written, some timeless rock classics and an element of the spontaneous unknown.  “I do like to surprise myself and everyone else by throwing in a song which we haven’t necessarily even rehearsed before, in the heat of the moment,” he admits.

£25 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

Celebrating Saint Patrick, fine music & Irish fare with the exceptional Irish Band ‘Poteen’. Fiddle, bodhran, pipes, whistles, strings, & Irish harp. Guaranteed to get toes tapping with their infectious jigs & reels

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

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 FREIDMAN

Legendary American Hit Maker

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 40 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

Full regular menu. £27.50 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

CHRIS JAGGER & FRIENDS

Chris & his utterly delicious 3-piece rootsy, bluesy, rocking, acoustic band. Classic Jagger vocals, sweet & sour harmonies, guitar, fiddle & double bass. Always one of our most popular music evenings. A rock &; roll English Ceilidh band, makes you want to drink scrumpy & stomp. On a scale of 1 to 10 the Crooked Billet scores them 11. Chris has collaborated with an eclectic selection of artists including Al Stewart, Ian Dury & Cat Stevens

£20 Music Cover Charge

MICKY MOODY & PAPA GEORGE

Two of the world’s finest guitarists in an unplugged and plugged in evening of blues, blue grass, slide and early rock ‘n’ roll. A mesmerizing mixture of acoustic and electric blues ‘n’ roots favorites. A rare treat, two exquisite musicians unplugged and plugged in.

£25 Music Cover Charge

CLEARWATER CREEDENCE REVIVAL

John Fogerty’s rough and inimitable voice, a string of big hits & an appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival gave Creedence Clearwater Revival huge worldwide success. Numerous hits include “Suzy Q”, “I put a spell on you”, “Proud Mary”, “Born on the Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Green River”, “Fortunate Son”, the original of Quo’s “Rockin All Over The World”. CCR broked up in 1972. In 1998 Clearwater Creedance revival was established, 2019 the band celebrate their 21st Anniversary. Peter Barton, 15 years singer of the Animals now occupies John Fogerty’s role, CCR line up includes Geoff Hammond (Ex Paul McCartney’s Wings & Moody Blues) Graham Pollock (Ex Hollies) and Alan Sugar (Ex Slack Alice) Fabulous 1 ½  hour show, all the hits.

Full Regular Menu £25 Music Cover Charge

DAVE PEGG & A J CLARKE

Peggy & AJ have honored us with their hugely engaging, funny & musical evening previously. It’s brilliant. 2 legendary musicians & consummate entertainers – a double act of outstanding music & buckets of humor. AJ, top Irish stand up comedian & musician storms it every night he gets on stage. 25 years of touring, discovered by audiences all over the world, AJ has a legion of followers.

£20 Music Cover Charge

THE ANIMALS & FRIENDS

 

Monday 29th November, Tuesday 30th November & Wednesday 1st December

Featuring the original 1960’s members John Steel & Micky Gallagher performing with Danny Handley & Roberto Ruiz. The Animals shook the world in 1964.

Back in 1957 John Steel along with fellow Animal co- founder Eric Burdon began plying their trade in and around their native Tyneside, by the early 1960’s they were bracketed with the very best of British music- The Beatles, The Rolling Stones & The Yardbirds, respected all over the world.

The Animals were also the second British band after the Beatles to top the American charts with their multi- million selling anthem “House of the Rising Sun” Crooked Billet shows witness all the Animals legendary numbers including ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place!’ ‘Boom Boom’ ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ ‘I Put a Spell on You’ and their multi- million selling anthem & number one hit across the world ‘House of The Rising Sun’

Full Regular Menu £35 Music Cover Charge

Judie Tzuke

Fresh from the highly acclaimed, sell-out Woman To Woman UK tour with fellow artistes Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham, Judie Tzuke makes a welcome return to the stage.

The Heart, Soul & Piano tour sees Judie performing some of her classic back catalogue with stunning new piano arrangements and accompanied by some of her favourite musicians.

Judie is one of the UK’s most beloved Singer/Songwriters having burst onto the music scene in 1979 with her evergreen standard ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’. Having released 21 albums, Judie is very much looking forward to performing a selection of deep cuts and fan favourites from throughout her career including “Ladies Night”, “For You”, “Come Hell Or Waters High” and the haunting “Bring The Rain”.

Having recently toured to over 35,000 adoring fans with Beverley and Julia, Judie is very much looking forward to some intimate performances where she can deliver her songs with her unique and heartfelt sincerity.

Settle in for a truly beautiful evening.

£30 Music Cover Charge

RICHARD DIGANCE

Star of stage, screen, TV & radio. Festival headliner. A rare performer respected by comedians for his own material & by musicians for being an accomplished performer/ guitarist. Many people sing, play guitar & tell stories but not many have shared the stage with Steve Martin & Robin Williams or played guitar duet with Queen & Status Quo… or had their own prime time Saturday night TV series.

Full regular menu. £25 music cover charge.

Having rocked audiences across the UK and Europe during 2019, Rhino’s Revenge will hit the road again in 2022.

The title of the new tour is taken from the Rhino’s Revenge song of the same name.  Played for the first time during the band’s December, 2018, shows, ‘Never Too Old’ has proved to be an instant, sing-along hit.

With two albums of original material to its name – and a third currently in the making – Rhino’s Revenge brings songs from that repertoire to the stage alongside Quo favourites which Rhino has either written or co-written, some timeless rock classics and an element of the spontaneous unknown.  “I do like to surprise myself and everyone else by throwing in a song which we haven’t necessarily even rehearsed before, in the heat of the moment,” he admits.

£25 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

Celebrating Saint Patrick, fine music & Irish fare with the exceptional Irish Band ‘Poteen’. Fiddle, bodhran, pipes, whistles, strings, & Irish harp. Guaranteed to get toes tapping with their infectious jigs & reels

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

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 FREIDMAN

Legendary American Hit Maker

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 40 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

Full regular menu. £27.50 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.