THE Red Lion at Henley-onThames is a wisteria-clad property with a historic past and a spectacular riverbank location. The building dates back to the 1530s and was used as a private home and then a schoolhouse before its conversion to lodgings in time to host Charles I in 1653 on his royal journey from London to Oxford. Other famous guests have had guestrooms named in their honour, including the Duke of Marlborough, George III and Queen Charlotte. But don’t let the past distract: request a room with river outlook and be sure to breakfast in the sun-drenched restaurant. More: redlionhenley.co.uk. ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER River Cottage Christmas Fayre: It’s less than six months to Christmas, which is scary, and all those cool Yule celebrations in the NSWBlue Mountains are already in the wings; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to the rescue with a stuffed goose and all the rich trimmings, plus gingerbread confections. Today, 6.30pm, LifeStyle Food. Taggart: We’re a few episodes into the new season of this longrunning and always gritty Glasgow crime series and Detective Inspector Jackie Reid has had a perm; it dinnae work, lassie, but who cares as she’s still the most believable female copper on telly. Friday, 8.30pm, ABC1.