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The Hand & Flowers may still look and feel like a pub, but no one comes here for a pint these days – in fact the place has two Michelin stars under its belt and operates like a cleverly reworked restaurant-with-rooms. Co-proprietor Tom Kerridge is a larger-than-life chef with a big personality, a passion for British produce and a refreshingly unpretentious way of doing things. He has a proper respect for the seasons, too – witness a ‘monumental’ starter of crispy pig’s head with artichoke, pancetta and chickweed or a perky dish of morels, nasturtium and apple. For mains, a tranche of roast halibut could be teamed with wild mushroom and bacon ragoût, while dazzling desserts generally include ‘the most wonderful soufflés’. Set lunches are good value, service is ‘pubby’ in the best sense, and four fabulous bedrooms are housed in two nearby cottages.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 8 August 2013

    Ross eats :: The Hand and Flowers

    Whenever a restaurant has a sizable waiting list you seem to get one of two experiences; either it blows your mind and is worth the wait or you leave thinking that all the build up and anticipation was really not worth it. The Hand and Flowers refers to itself as a ‘pub restaurant with rooms’ and we had over a 3 month wait for a table and a chef, Tom Kerridge, renowned for cooking food with ‘big flavours’ (in other words, my favourite type of food) who has wowed on each TV appearance; things were stacking certainly stacking up to go one of two ways here...
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  1. The Hand and Flowers can’t be a pub because it’s nobody’s local. Sure, it looks like a pub. It has low, uneven ceilings, and even lower beams – the type that require a sign of caution – and a few ale pumps standing to attention, pricked like a set of hare’s ears, ready to maintain the pubby frontage with every pull of a pint. But it isn’t a pub. It’s a high-end restaurant in boozy drag, one that’s bloody difficult to get into.
    It becomes clear on entry. A handsome extension houses the bar, which, topped with polished pewter, gleams against the exposed brickwork and glows like bread oven, its under lighting exhibiting...
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  1. We headed over straight from work and wandered to Brixton Village Market for some food. As we were walking around we heard tunes booming from a small place so we had to take a look. It smelt delicious and as we saw other peoples food we had to eat there.

    The Joint was originally a pop-up, but Warren and Daniel now have permanent spots in Brixton Village Market and Marylebone. We started with the hot wings which come out tied up in a paper bag. These were bloody amazing! So juicy and the sauce had just the right amount of tang and nice n spicey, of course. Then we went for the Asian burger (slow cooked pulled...
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Tom Kerridge

Tom Kerridge started out as a child actor in shows such as Miss Marple, before changing tack and becoming a chef. After working at venues such as Adlards and Odette’s, he set up The Hand & Flowers in Marlow with his sculptor wife Beth in 2005. In 2012, this became the first UK pub to achieve two Michelin stars. Kerridge is now a TV stalwart, and has won the main-course round on Great British Menu twice.

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  • Address: 126 West Street, Marlow SL7 2BP
  • Telephone: 01628 482277
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5-10.30pm Sun 12N-3pm

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