The Henley Brook (The Hen)

This brand spanking new tavern opened its doors in March this year. At barely 2 months old, it’s already proving a hit. The atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and buzzing with activity.

Emily Ace
April 7, 2017
Eat & Drink

A New Hatchling in the Valley

This brand spanking new tavern opened its doors in March this year. At barely 2 months old, it’s already proving a hit. The atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and buzzing with activity.

Inside boasts a double sided fireplace at the heart of the room. Surrounded by wooden log stools topped with brightly coloured cushions this becomes the perfect spot to warm your hands on the colder days. With its high exposed beam ceilings,  classic brick walls, pressed tin features and wooden finishes it feels like a cosy homestead.

The Henley Brook tavern

Outside, the lush green lawns are dotted with rugs and low pallet tables waiting for a family to claim them for a picnic style lunch. The tops of these also double as a chalkboard to keep the little ones entertained. This area is often filled with parents watching on as their children enjoy the wide open space and  imaginative play workshops. Given all kinds of random items, such as wheels, pool noodles and boxes, they can create whatever they wish. Some created cars, some created houses, and one group even made a tree swing- after they “risk assessed” it first. Everywhere you turn there are families out enjoying the last rays of sunshine or friends laughing and catching up over a beer.

Outside the Henley Brook

Ruler of the Roost 

Co-owner Justin Rogan said the vision for The Hen was to create a relaxed venue that ‘takes you back’ with its colonial style build.  This local watering hole has the adults rediscovering the beer garden while the kids can enjoy a large space for free play- away from iPads and smartphones. Cemented in the Swan Valley’s food and wine trail, it is a great place for tourists to discover the best of WA’s renowned beer and wine.

The Henley Brook bar

Chicken Feed

Justin and his staff love feel good food, and opt to bring you the very best old school pub grub. Offering small share plates to peck at while you enjoy a beverage, or big plates if you are ready for a solid meal (and you aren’t the sharing type) there is something for every mood you’re in. The Hen has a strong commitment to using sustainably sourced products, and also local products where possible.

You can tuck into a good old chicken parmy topped with smoked ham, semi-dried tomato fondue, smoked cheese and steak fries or the ever popular slow cooked pork belly with truffle mash, crispy crackle and field mushroom gravy. If burgers are your weakness, their American style beef burger with red Leicester, onion marmalade, charcoal bun, mustard aioli and pickles with a serve of fries is sure to hit the spot.

The Hen

With a fantastic pizza oven outside, the pizzas are a popular choice with their patrons. With their very own real Italian ‘pizza Joe’ (dubbed the ‘god of dough and cheese’) working the oven, you know you are in for delicious authentic pizza. You can also watch him in awe as he impressively works the dough with his magic touch.

And don’t worry - they do dessert too. Get a fork into their warm peanut butter brownies with salted caramel and vanilla ice-cream or their vanilla bean panna cotta with rose syrup and candied pistachio. YUM.

Pizza at the Henley Brook

Watering Hole

The Hen has placed a huge emphasis on supporting local WA brewers and wine makers, which is immediately obvious with just a glance at their drinks menu. Justin says it makes sense to source fresh products that are as local as possible, and that The Hen has the best example of Swan Valley wine and beer in the world. On tap you can enjoy beers from Swan Valley locals Homestead, Mash and Feral or other WA brewers Little Creatures, Nail, Colonial and more. Swan valley wine makers Sitella’s, Pinelli’s, Mandoon and Rosily Vineyard are represented on the wine list among many others. Distillers Hippocampus, located in West Perth, also have their gin and vodka listed on the spirits menu.

Local Perth beers at The Hen

Heaps of Space for the Little Chicks

The Hen has family friendly written all over it, and Justin says it was a conscious choice while designing and planning to make it so. Every Sunday is family day at The Hen, with some form of kid’s entertainment running weather permitting. They also organise cubby workshops in school holidays and will continue to come up with new ideas to keep them fresh and exciting- with suggestions from parents welcome. Justin says that he and his co-workers love seeing kids having fun with nature based play and learning which has always been a focus for this venue. Fun things for the ‘big kids’ are also in the pipeline for the not too distant future…  

Where there was once a gap in the market for a place young families can come and enjoy some quality family time in the valley, the team at the Hen are proud and honoured that it has become a local favourite.

Family day at The Hen

A Good Egg

Built with a lot of love, the crew at The Hen are passionate about their venue and sharing their love of the Swan Valley and its best aspects with their patrons. Justin says everyone at the Hen are very thankful to all the local Swan Valley residents for their amazing support so far.  

So give it a go for yourself; whether it's for a few drinks with friends, a hearty meal or for some quality family time with the kids. Or maybe all three at once!

The Hen Swan Valley

Feather the Nest

Open Wednesday and Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm and 11am-5pm on Sundays.

You can check them out on Facebook or on their website.

Located at 9810 West Swan Road, Henley Brook, WA, 6065

The Henley Brook

Emily Ace

Hi Guys! I’m Emily; a cheese, pun and quilting enthusiast who spends too much time watching Friends. Thanks for sharing our passion of all things Perth and supporting the amazing local businesses we have all around us. My motto is to see all the things, do all the things and, most importantly, eat all the things.