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The Vanilla Pod

31 West Street, MARLOW, SL7 2LS

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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 pur?e 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 cr?me br?l?e with butterscotch jelly, condensed milk pur?e and popcorn ice cream.

Further information

Tel: 01628 898101
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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.
Children's portions.



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

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