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
“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”.
2. Glaze Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Marlow Fieldhouse Lane - SL7
Experience excellent food and fine wine in Crowne Plaza Marlow’s stylish Glaze Restaurant in Marlow, AA Rosette awarded for its culinary excellence. Located in the picturesque town of Marlow on the Thames, well-known for its culinary quality, Glaze offers con...
3. Sindhu Indian restaurant in Marlow The Compleat Angler - SL7
“It’s almost worth going for lunch (or in summer) just so you can see the view” at this “gloriously situated venue, overlooking the Thames at Marlow”. In defiance of its uninspired culinary history, though, Atul Kochhar’s nouvelle Indian operation is about much more than merely the picturesque landscape – “just brilliant”, with “subtle layered flavours, beautifully presented”.
4. The Coach British, Modern restaurant in Marlow 3 West Street - SL7
“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”.
5. Hand & Flowers French restaurant in Marlow West Street - SL7
“Two stars????” – Tom Kerridge’s renowned (because of Michelin) destination is “a nice pub with very good food but it’s not up to the incredibly high standards that the French tyre company seem to think it merits” and consequently can appear “way over-hyped”. A fair number of reporters do indeed experience “magnificent cooking” (“so many things on the menu that you’re dying to eat”) delivered with “warm-heartedness, of a kind not given in most London eateries”; and in an “atmospheric setting, which remains like a gastropub despite the awards”. But, perhaps because TK has been distracted by his launch in the capital, the gulf between expectations and reality grew noticeably this year, and for a significant proportion of diners it now merely seems like “an adequate but unexceptional meal at a very inflated price”; or at worse “tremendously disappointing and truly bad”.
6. The Ivy Marlow Garden British, Traditional restaurant in Marlow 66-68 High St - SL7
“A touch of London glamour in the Thames Valley” – this “convivial” and “always busy” outpost of Richard Caring’s brand is one of the most commented-on in the survey, and many reporters do see it as a “lovely” spot (“you’d never believe that it used to be a shoe shop from the stylish interior”); and “a good addition to the ever-increasing Marlow foodie scene”. Characteristically for this brand extension however, there are also many who report “such a disappointing experience: I’ve persevered four times and each time the service was as bad as the first (which I first put down to teething problems) – shame as it is indeed a beautiful spot”. There are also a worrying number of reports where the food experience was plain “poor”… “uneatable” even.
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The Vanilla Pod
Hand & Flowers
Marlow Bar & Grill
The Royal Oak
The Orangery, Danesfield House Hotel
Aubergine, Compleat Angler
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