Skip to content

Print this page Back to results

The Vanilla Pod

31 West Street, MARLOW, SL7 2LS

2 rosettes

The culinary bar is set high in this well-heeled Thames-side stretch of the stockbroker belt, with stellar competition all around. Happily, The Vanilla Pod has the hand of chef-proprietor Michael Macdonald on the tiller to deliver a sure-footed take on modern British cooking with its roots clearly in the French classics. The setting is a handsome townhouse where TS Eliot once lived, thoroughly refurbished with a chic contemporary look in tones of brown and cream, and the hum of conversation and clued-up service to add to the upbeat feel of the place. Not surprisingly, given the restaurant's name, vanilla is something of a leitmotif , and it might turn up in a starter of seared scallops with truffle-infused butternut squash purée and apple foam. The kitchen extracts clear, robust flavours from top-class ingredients in main courses such as loin of venison with pear and fondant potato, and puddings could press the eponymous pod into service once again in a classic vanilla crème brûlée with butterscotch jelly, condensed milk purée and popcorn ice cream.

Further information

Tel: 01628 898101
Please quote 'The AA'.
Send an email
Write a review of this restaurant


Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 24 Dec-3 Jan

Restaurant information

Cooking type: British, French
Chef: Michael Macdonald
Number of seats: 28
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £15.50
3 Course lunch from: £19.50
3 Course dinner from: £45.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



View larger map
Javascript is required to view this map


Use the route planner for your trip

From M4 junct 8/9 or M40 junct 4 take A404, A4155 to Marlow. From Henley take A4155
Nearest station: Marlow

Local information for SL7 2LS

Find the following on: