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I don’t think I’m the only foodie out there who has a bucket list of restaurants they want to visit. Top of my bucket list, and recently crossed off was Tom and Beth Kerridge’s picturesque country pub in Marlow, The Hand and Flowers.
For those of you who don’t know just how sought after dinner at this pub is, The H&F has TWO Michelin stars, and it’s continuously voted and ranked in lists of the UK’s top restaurants.
For years I have craved a meal at this pub and finally, this weekend I made it! I was lucky enough to have the table reservation made for me by Jamie and he did a blooming good job to get us a table, as reservations are known to get booked up months in advance.
Since the table was booked back in January I have been bursting with excitement, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Quite simply the meal was incredible! (as was Marlow!) When we arrived the restaurant was cosy and quirky, just as a pub should be. We were seated at a table opposite a window and as we ate at 18:30 there was a lovely light coming in. The décor is country chic meets industrial and is such a relaxed and welcoming setting, and the staff was just as lovely.
Our drinks came promptly, a Pink Pepper G&T for me (of course) and a Hand and Flowers Ale for Jamie. We were also offered water for the table, still, sparkling or tap. Now, I’m not fussy when it comes to water so to be offered tap rather than having to ask for it and risk feeling stingy was a nice change from at some other up market restaurants.
We were then brought out fresh bread and butter and the most amazing whitebait and Marie Rose sauce – both compliments of the chef! A lovely bar snack style start to our meal and a generous introduction to the great food to come.
The menu at the Hand and Flowers is great; homely gastro pub style cooking made fancy. But not too fancy! There’s lots to pick from, even for slightly fussier eaters and I can imagine the staff and kitchen to be accommodating of any dietary requirements too.
Here is what we ate!
All of the food was amazing. Like seriously hands down the best meal I have ever eaten, the Banana Soufflé was especially yummy but each and every dish was finished off perfectly and I only wish I could have shook the chefs’ hands personally. Dish of the night? My Half beer roast chicken! Juicy, fresh, mouthwateringly tasty and generously portioned too. (Which is lucky as I have a healthy appetite… )
The whole evening was topped off by being able to purchase a copy of Tom Kerridge’s new cookbook – hand signed! I left stuffed and squealing with delight, some would say just like a pig!
I will be visiting again, if its the last thing I do, for the Hand and Flowers and for Marlow, and I seriously suggest that you make the journey too! Tom and team, thank you for a wonderful evening!