Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Marlow
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Marlow restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 14 restaurants in Marlow and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Marlow restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Vanilla Pod French restaurant in Marlow 31 West St - SL7
“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!”
2. Sindhu Indian restaurant in Marlow The Compleat Angler - SL7
Atul Kochhar is celebrating his fifth year in this “fabulous riverside location”. As experiences go, it’s “as refined as curry gets”, with “wonderful” modern dishes (if in slightly “small portions”) and “beautiful views over the River Thames” from its traditional, leaded windows. “Hotel restaurants are never supposed to be this good in the UK, especially in the home counties!”
3. Glaze Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Marlow Fieldhouse Lane - SL7
Experience excellent food and fine wine in Crowne Plaza Marlow’s newly refurbished Glaze Restaurant in Marlow, AA Rosette awarded for its culinary excellence. Having recently undergone a huge refurbishment project, the Glaze Restaurant is now situated at the ...
4. The Coach British, Modern restaurant in Marlow 3 West Street - SL7
“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”.
5. The Ivy Marlow Garden British, Traditional restaurant in Marlow 66-68 High St - SL7
While it’s generally agreed to be a “good addition to the Marlow scene”, with a “nice ambience” and in particular “a beautifully glamorous room” – this Thames Valley link in the national chain Richard Caring has spun out from the 1980s West End celeb haunt attracts familiar criticisms. Too often it’s “a bit of a disappointment” – “a little pricey for albeit fancy comfort food” – and just too obviously samey: “couldn’t each restaurant have a unique signature dish appropriate to the location?”
6. Hand & Flowers French restaurant in Marlow West Street - SL7
“Tom Kerridge’s (wonderful) versions of pub grub” mean there are still many reporters who “can’t wait to go back” to his immensely popular and consequently “overcrowded” Thames-valley gastropub, which owes its mighty reputation to Michelin’s award of a rare two stars, back in 2012. It was a questionable decision from the start, but could be glossed over at the time by the Hand & Flowers’ undeniably crowd-pleasing performance. However, ratings here have been in decline for years now, and it’s reaching a point where this down-to-earth hostelry is starting to seem “seriously overhyped”. It doesn’t help that TV Tom’s opened The Coach “literally down the road” which is “more fun” and has better scoff. And with this celebrity chef’s multiple other openings in London and Manchester, “Is TK just too stretched to keep control?”. (There’s also the question of when Michelin will finally stop slumbering and take away one or both stars here).
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