The French Horn has not been sold and is still being run enthusiastically by the Emmanuel family. 

Welcome to the French Horn

The French Horn has been here for 200 years.
(And we’ve learned a thing or two…)

Here, at Sonning in Berkshire, our hotel and restaurant sits by The Thames, at the point where the river is at its most beautiful.

Walk into the cosy bar and you’ll be greeted by a French Horn tradition, the sight of ducks roasting in front of an open fire. Everything is as it should be in this family-owned English institution, run by the Emmanuel family since 1972. Life is good here.


Why do our guests return? It’s simple. The food. The service. The atmosphere.

Our Head Chef Josiane Diaga and team select the best seasonal ingredients and treat them with respect. Honest, classical dishes are complemented by a carefully curated wine cellar which, for example, features wines from every Burgundy village. Service is impeccable and the dining room one of the prettiest on the Thames.

Stay with us

Our air-conditioned, Wi-Fi enabled rooms are designed for comfort.

Our Rooms are the perfect place to lay your head after dinner, or as a base for exploring the Thames and local villages. This is a wonderful place to stay, with many rooms offering views of the river itself. You can choose between accommodation upstairs in the main building, or we can arrange a stay in the close by Furleigh Cottages B&B.


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The French Horn.