Best restaurants in Marlow

Located just over 30 miles west of the capital sits the picturesque town of Marlow, an idyllic commuter area that was once the home of poet and playwright T.S Elliot. No longer solely a place for tourists seeking picture-perfect views and watching the Regatta, this charming town has become a gastronomic destination in its own right, now boasting a wealth of phenomenal dining opportunities. So, if you find yourself in the area in search of properly good food, then this list of the best restaurants in Marlow offers plenty of delicious inspiration.

Updated on 20 July 2023

Marlow has always had a reputation as a fashionable riverside resort, with its historic streets lined with independent boutiques, restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars. The town's unique rustic glamour attracts both tourists and Londoners looking for a slice of the countryside, while still being within easy access of the capital. Nestled at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this gorgeous town is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in the UK. 

In the last couple of decades or so, the culinary scene has exploded in this quaint town, resulting in an impressive number of restaurants in Marlow taking root - with more vibrant new locations popping up constantly. Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Tom Kerridge has taken this town under his wing, a bit like Rick Stein and his love affair with Padstow, opening multiple restaurants in Marlow including The Hand and Flowers and The Coach.

From Michelin starred dinners to casual pub lunches, this Georgian town boasts an ever-growing list of destination restaurants, so to help you with your search, we’ve rounded up the very best restaurants in Marlow. Whether you’re a local searching for a new regular spot, or you're travelling through and want to know the best places eat in Marlow, this list is for you.

Vaasu by Atul Kochhar

Vaasu by Atul Kochhar

2 Chapel Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1DD

Vaasu is yet another outstanding venture from decorated chef Atul Kochhar, which continues along the theme of refined contemporary Indian cuisine. Keep it casual with the set lunch menu or opt for the exquisite tasting menu. EIther way, you’re guaranteed a superb meal.

£50 - £79
Indian
The Coach Marlow

The Coach Marlow

3 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS

Another of Kerridge’s Marlow ventures, The Coach is The Hand and Flower’s more relaxed sibling, although it still has a coveted Michelin star. Expect the chef's signature unfussy, but phenomenal, food. Plus, it's walk-ins only so you don't have to worry about booking. 

£30 - £49
Pubs
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
Vanilla Pod

Vanilla Pod

31 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS

From husband-and-wife team Michael and Steph Macdonald, this neighbourhood favourite serves up Anglo-French dishes in a relaxed setting. Offering a tasting menu, a la carte dishes and an excellent value set lunch menu, this is the perfect spot whatever the occasion.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RG

Tucked away along the riverside, Sindhu is chef Kohhar’s homage to southern India, serving traditional flavours elevated with a modern twist. Expect a vibrant meal, served in a laidback setting within the MacDonald Compleat Angler hotel.

Over £80
Indian
The Oarsman

The Oarsman

46 Spittal Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1DB

Located in the heart of Marlow, The Oarsman is a bistro, pub and wine bar. Head here for a laid-back seasonal meal, or simply relax on the summer terrace and snack on some small plates from the charcuterie counter.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Scottish
Steak
British
Bars
Gastropub
French
Fish
Wine Bars
Bistro
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Hurley House Restaurant

Hurley House Restaurant

Henley Road, Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5LH

Nestled between Marlow and Henley sits Hurley House, a boutique hotel and restaurant that provides diners with an extensive choice of meal options. From international dishes to Sunday roasts to its dedicated omakase counter, this is an all-rounder suitable for any occasion.

£30 - £49
Pizza
Sushi
Steak
Japanese
Burgers
British
Afternoon tea
International
Fish and Chips
The Hand and Flowers

The Hand and Flowers

126 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2BP

This celebrated two Michelin-starred pub is Tom Kerridge's famous flagship restaurant, serving up his signature refined pub grub in a charming rustic setting. Be sure to book a table well in advance as it books up quick!

Over £80
British
Gastropub
Two Michelin stars
The Waterside Inn

The Waterside Inn

Ferry Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2AT

Down the road in Bray on Thames, the Waterside Inn is the longest serving three Michelin-starred restaurant in the country, opened by the Roux brothers over fifty years ago. This is the crème de la crème of French gastronomy, so nab a table on the terrace and prepare for an evening of indulgence.

Over £80
French
Three Michelin stars
The Ivy Marlow Garden

The Ivy Marlow Garden

66-68 High Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1AH

This all-day dining destination is located just off the river, boasting both stunning views and a monthly-changing menu covering everything from classic British dishes to vibrant Asian flavours. For something a bit different, why not treat yourself to the ‘dreamy afternoon tea’?

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Afternoon tea
The Hind

The Hind's Head

High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2AB

Opened originally in the 1400s, then commandeered by Heston Blumenthal in 2004, this Michelin starred spot showcases classic British cuisine accompanied by the iconic Blumenthal thumbprint. The Sunday roast gets rave reviews, so be sure to book this on your trip to Marlow.

£50 - £79
British
Gastropub
One Michelin star
The Botanist Marlow

The Botanist Marlow

48 West Street, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2NB

Known for its trademark hanging kebabs, The Botanist is a stylish gastropub with unique floral interiors and a menu of familiar favourites. Head here for a chilled evening of delicious cocktails and comforting tasty dishes.

£30 - £49
British
Bistro

Clearly, there is a lot of top-notch grub on offer in Marlow, including an impressive list of Michelin starred locations. If you’re interested in this upper echelon of eateries, check out our guide to all three Michelin starred restaurants in the UK.

Still looking for the perfect fit? If you’ll be in the area for a while, take a look at our list of the best restaurants in Henley on Thames, orthe best waterside restaurants in Bray, for some more inspiration. 

Or, expand your search and browse SquareMeal's Top 100 restaurants in the UK which includes our top-rated restaurants in the country right now.

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