Review on The Hand & Flowers

Make no mistake, this old-fashioned, half-timbered pub in food-conscious Marlow called The Hand & Flowers is no ordinary boozer. Yes, it still has hanging baskets, skull-cracking beams, real ale and a few lunch specials for the drinkers, but that's where its 'country pub' credentials peter out. The place may have an infectiously informal, bight-and-breezy atmosphere, but the food is serious.

Tom Kerridge used to cook at Adlards in Norwich, which gives a clue to what is going on here. He moved south with his wife Beth to find more flexibility and independence: it hasn't taken long for word to get round – indeed Michelin came calling and awarded him a new star without any hesitation and the second followed in 2011.

His style could be summed up as unpretentious modern British with a few peasant-style French touches. As you might expect, there is often a great deal of intricacy and painstaking work involved: line-caught sea bass is served with Puy lentils, roast garlic and frogs' legs, for example. Meat receives similar treatment: braised belly of Middle White pork is paired with cauliflower purée and cockle vinaigrette, while beetroot purée adds a vivid flourish to roast breast of Suffolk duck.

Desserts tend to be plainer offerings like fig tart or strawberry cheesecake with strawberry ice cream and poached strawberries. A simple bar menu is available at lunchtime and there's a traditional roast on Sunday; well-considered wines at attractive prices complete the deal.

They now have four stunning cottage suites just yards from the pub. Unique luxurious rooms that have a wonderful and sumptuous style.

The Hand & Flowers is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Cuisine

Modern British / French

Chef

Tom Kerridge

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm (3.15pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for The Hand & Flowers

Facilities at The Hand & Flowers

  • Alfresco Dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu

Accomodation

Accomodation is available

Parking

Private parking is possible at a location nearby

Dress Code

Smart

Address

The Hand & Flowers
126 West Street
Marlow
Buckinghamshire
SL7 2BP

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