Harden's survey result
“Just a delight all round” – seldom is a bad word said about Tom Kerridge’s ‘other’ pub in this Thames valley town: an “extremely crowded and very buzzy” haunt that is also “lovely and chilled”. “You don’t need to book a table and you can order the plates tapas-style”: “the food is so good”.
“Turn up early as there’s no booking” at Tom Kerridge’s ‘other’ place in town. Spared the Michelin-fuelled expectations of its older sibling perhaps allows its virtues to shine all the brighter: “the food is well thought-out and well executed”, service is “friendly” and although it can become “hectic” it “is well worth the wait”. Top Tip: “they also do fantastic breakfasts, especially the Kedgeree”.
“You can’t book so getting a table is very hit ’n’ miss” at Tom Kerridge’s “amazing” two-year-old, which “is not the local pub that it might appear to be, and full and buzzing from dawn to dusk”. “It knocks the Hand & Flowers, just down the road (where there is an infinite wait for a booking and it often ends up overcrowded and pretentious) into a cocked-hat”, with “smallish plates of the most intense food, all of which are well-conceived and delicious”, and delivered from the open kitchen (“sitting at the bar is like a chef’s table, but without the extra cost!”). “Stylish surroundings too, a busy happy atmosphere and cracking wine list and good beer. What’s not to like?” (Actually, there is one niggle aside from the “deep frustration at no reservations”: “where you wait for a table is a bit small and jammed-in”.)
Tom Kerridge’s second venture (now a year old) is “not quite a pub and not quite a cafe” – “a no booking outlet” serving “very creative small plates” (“prices are high for the portions”). “Don’t take a cat to swing (it gets mammothly busy)”, but some feel the “food’s better than the Hand & Flowers” and it’s also great “fun”.
The Coach Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We were very impressed with the food, with high levels of consistency across the various dishes we ordered - the sea bream and broccoli were standouts, the desserts also good. Friendly service although perhaps a little too keen. I like the fact that it is no bookings, but some of the tables are a bit random and cramped into the space - it isn't very big so get there early for the excellent window tables, otherwise some of the tables are small with people walking past non-stop. Please remove the TVs!"
"Unable to book; very few tables for 3; it's clearly the quality of the food and the imagination of the chef that packs the house. The fashion, is, of course, small quantities of many dishes with recommendations of 3 or more each. It must present the world's weirdest burger of pork and beef and red coleslaw and gherkin and cheese topped with a sesame bunlet held together with a giant cocktail stick. The potted crab, the duck parfait and the deep-fried brill were less dramatic but all much tastier. The promised congestion didn't let up from noon till two, so someone's on a winner. Deservedly so."
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
3 West Street, Marlow, SL7 2LS
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|