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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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Intelligently constructed dishes in TS Eliot's old home

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

The culinary bar is set high in this stretch of the Thames Valley stockbroker belt, and The Vanilla Pod delivers a sure-footed take on modern British cooking, 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 brown and cream. First out might be gin-cured salmon with pickled fennel, or butternut squash risotto. The kitchen then extracts clear, robust flavours from top-class ingredients in main courses such as lamb rump with orange and saffron cabbage, and puddings could take in coffee and orange pannacotta, or classic tarte Tatin.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24 December–3 January
  • Days closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Michael Macdonald

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 26
  • Wines over £30: 429
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 28
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8
  • Off-site parking available: West Street car park

Additional information

  • Seats: 28
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8

Getting here

From M4 junction 8/9 or M40 junction 4 take A404, A4155 to Marlow. From Henley take A4155

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