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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Country pub cooking from a popular TV star

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Tom Kerridge remains a popular TV presence, most recently seen advocating a rational and enjoyable approach to dieting after the Christmas blowout. It's a career that speaks not just of a commitment to culinary excellence, though there is that too of course, but of thinking about cooking in ways that are neither excessively precious nor alienating in their technicality. What Kerridge is about, above all, is food that people want to eat, rather than baffling peculiarities they feel they ought to try. The nerve-centre remains the whitewashed country pub with its hanging baskets (plus its private dining space, The Shed, just up the road), where an atmosphere of endearing bonhomie prevails amid the bare tables and half-boarded walls. Marlow regulars doubtless appreciate the fact that the kitchen prides itself as much on producing a matchless roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for Sundays, as it does on working creative transformations on familiar ingredients. Slices of warm malt loaf accompany chunky pork and mushroom terrine dressed with Branston pickle, while the British attachment to Indian food produces accoutrements of lamb keema, dhal purée and lime pickle for a salt-baked carrot tart. At main, you might opt for the 'fish du jour' with butter-roasted cauliflower and caviar beurre blanc, but it's undoubtedly with pedigree meats that the principal emphasis rests. Cotswold venison with a game and bacon pie, Stiltoned parsnips and date purée vies for attention with duck breast on oat crumble and blood orange. It's all pretty substantial, but don't even think of resisting the signature chocolate and ale cake with salt caramel muscovado ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday and 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.45
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.45

Chef

  • Chef(s): Tom Kerridge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French. British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 150
  • Wines by the glass: 35

Price guide

  • Starter from: £11.50
  • Main course from: £29.50
  • Dessert from: £13.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £25
  • 3-course lunch from: £29.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 2

Additional information

  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 9
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M40 junction 4 or M4 junction 8/9, follow A404 to Marlow.

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