RestaurantsBuckinghamshireMarlowSL7

survey result

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!”

Summary

£73
  £££
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 model of consistency, value and great taste” – Michael Macdonald’s “small and beautifully formed hidden gem”“a quiet, old timbered room, looking onto a garden” – wins practically nothing but rapturous feedback: “a most wonderful experience” providing “fine dining at reasonable prices” where “everything is outstanding”. Top Tip: “good value for lunch with a choice of well-balanced set menus”.

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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
Always £40.00 £45.00

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £37.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

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 4 months, 21 days ago

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

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Gillian L
The nine course tasting menu was absolutely...
Reviewed 11 months, 11 days ago

"The nine course tasting menu was absolutely brilliant. You've got to do it!!!!"

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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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