3 West Street, MARLOW, SL7 2LS
Truly, Marlow is blessed. This younger sibling of the nearby Hand and Flowers is a timbered pub in the English period style with a hot-shot chef producing reference food for the 21st century. The surroundings banish all thought of ceremonious formality with embossed tiled walls, comfortable leather seating and a properly pubby ambience. There's no booking, so pitch up and take your chances, and you will be rewarded with beautifully realised cooking from the modern demotic repertoire. The menu is constructed as an enticing jumble of meat and (more or less) non-meat options, with small and large plates jostled in together. Chicken Kiev and cauliflower cheese piles two of our favourite things on to one plate, while unexpected spins on bistro classics produce a version of chilli made with venison, chocolate, red wine and toasted rice cream. A rotisserie spins out anything from whole stuffed quail to vegetable sides like celeriac with honey-mustard glaze and veggie main dishes such as beetroot with feta, apple and horseradish. At the end, there are space-filling homely puddings - banana custard with dates and honeycomb, or rhubarb crumble and ginger ice cream. Cheese option could well be Lincolnshire Poacher served with crackers and grapes.
Tel: 01628 483013
Please quote 'The AA'.
Dates closed: 25 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Cooking type: British, French
Chef: Nick Beardshaw, Tom Kerridge
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £5.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.