RestaurantsBuckinghamshireMarlowSL7

survey result

Summary

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Michael Mcdonald’s well-established favourite occupies an intimate room that’s part of a house that was, in days gone by, owned by TS Eliot. Fans continue to say its performance is “consistently excellent in all areas and amazing value”. As well as the à la carte menu, there is also now a five-course tasting option – at £60 per head for seven courses, it’s not punishingly priced by the standards of such offerings and fans say “it’s absolutely brilliant. You've got to go for it!”.

Summary

£71
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A firm Marlow favourite”“Michael Mcdonald continues to produce sublime food” at his “favourite local”, which is one of the highest-rated restaurants in the Thames Valley in our annual diners survey. The “cosy and quiet room” is only “small” (part of a house once owned by TS Eliot) but fans say “perfectly formed” and with “very efficient and welcoming as well as courteous service”. “Sensibly priced wine” of “notable quality too”“what more could one ask for?”.

Summary

£67
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You are always well looked after” at Michael Macdonald’s “tiny” venture – a timbered room in a house once owned by TS Eliot. Many who report on it are regulars: “best value in town…”; “not one but several excellent meals last year…”; “sublime consistent food without a doubt, as I have been about thirty times – just perfect with fish and the only place in the world I eat pudding!”

Summary

£67
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You are always well looked after” at Michael Macdonald’s “tiny” venture – a timbered room in a house once owned by TS Eliot. Many who report on it are regulars: “best value in town…”; “not one but several excellent meals this year…”; “sublime consistent food without a doubt, as I have been about thirty times – just perfect with fish and the only place in the world I eat pudding!”

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Owner's description

Welcome to The Vanilla Pod.

The Restaurant has been awarded 2010 Regional Winner of the Good Food Guide, Reader’s Restaurant of the Year Award, The Top 100 independent restaurant by Good Food Guide 2013, Listed 92nd by Sunday Times Top 100 Hardens Guide.

Thank you for all your support over the years to which there have been a lot of changes at The Vanilla Pod.

As you may well be aware I have been working alone in the kitchen for the last 4 years, so I do apologise if I am unable to see you all but you are more than welcome to pop your head around the door into the kitchen, it would be great to see you.

Kind regards
Michael Macdonald

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £20.00 £25.00
Dinner £40.00 £45.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 7
Menu2 75.00 Always available 9
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
8
No dress code
36

The Vanilla Pod Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Vanilla Pod Restaurant in SL7, Marlow by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Vanilla Pod restaurant.
David Y
Best meal this year. Beautifully balanced t...
Reviewed 8 months, 29 days ago

"Best meal this year. Beautifully balanced tasting menu."

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31 West St, Marlow, SL7 2LS
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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