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It’s not all striped blazers and cheering on the boats, you know. Imagine sipping Aperol Spritz in the sunshine, enjoying a gorgeous flame-cooked meal (not a charred banger in sight) then dancing the night away round a firepit… oh, and there might be a spot of rowing in the background. Yup, that sounds like the Muddy way to do Henley!

Feast over Flame launched its pop-up dining at the Henley Royal Regatta last year, and it was so fabulously popular that it’s back this year (29 June – 3 July) on Temple Island. No wonder it was a hit – founders Neal and Sarah Dove have been running epic dining pop-ups in exceptional venues for years and crafted their trade at the likes of The Lanesborough, The Compleat Angler and Cliveden, no less!

So, if you’re not already convinced, here’s six reasons why this is our pick for a day at Henley…

1/ The Menu! Freshly baked meadow herb bread, whipped wild garlic butter; pancetta wrapped Wye Valley asparagus; grilled fillet of beef and tiger prawn; griddled peach melba, vanilla cream and shortbread and a s’mores platter and luxe hot choc (veggie option available). Literally, drooling! We won’t ruin the surprise too much, but between 8-10pm there’s more flame-cooked sustenance to keep the hardcore going til long after sundown.

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​2/ It’s an all dayer! The Feast over Flame ticket gives you access to the island from 11am-11pm (til 9pm on Sun 3 July). That’s 12 hours of serious good times with your family and friends – yup, it’s time to make up for two years of lost get-togethers.

3/ It’s cooked fresh! Forget platters of chicken supreme languishing under heat lamps a la mass catering of old… there’s a Big Green Egg BBQ at the end of each table on which your incredible lunch will be expertly flame-cooked to order.

4/ Booze is included (at least to get you started). Not all Henley tickets include booze but chez Feast over Flame, guests will settle in with a glass of champers and then have half a bottle of wine each over lunch. If that’s not enough, there’s always the bar for top-ups of local draught beer, wine, spirits and hand-crafted cocktails (because we don’t come to Henley to drink pre-mixed darrrling!). There’s also tea, coffee, still and sparkling available all day.

5/ You’re not stuck at your table all day. The Feast over Flame space is rather gorgeous – there’s Ibiza-style lounge seating, the gorgeous festoon lighting bedecked long dining tables plus multiple bars and a covered terrace so you can lounge, perch, peruse and twirl the light fantastic, whatever the weather.

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6/ Entertainment! By the bucketload! Well, for starters there’s the hundreds of gorgeous guys and girls hurtling past as they flex well-honed muscles in fierce and fast-paced competition with one another, then there’s the live music and DJ to see you alll the way through to 11pm (yup, dust off the dancing shoes), and then for tennis fans, there will be screens showing Wimbledon alongside giving you a close-up of the Henley action.

Persuaded? Thought so… Tickets cost £165 per person, with tables of 6-8 adult guests, and must be bought in advance (Sunday tickets cost £95 without the wine and with a 9pm finish). Click here to nab your ticket, and we’ll see you there!

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