The Hand & Flowers
126 West St, Marlow, SL7 2BP Directionshttps://www.yell.com/biz/the-hand-and-flowers-marlow-3587635/#view=map
Greene King pubs are located across the UK, they offer a warm friendly atmosphere are serve great british dishes throughout the day and evening.
Amazing two star Michelin restaurant5
The worst, overpriced food ever1
Exquisite food, exemplary service5
This place avoids all the cliches of the homogenised gastro-pub and delivers the Michelin Star winning formula of wonderful surroundings (stone, oak and low beams), a relaxed friendliness and blinding food. Attentive without being overpowering the host was charming and service slightly on the slow side but the food was worth every tardy minute. The menu is eclectic without being schizophrenic and the emphasis is on cooking simple ingredients perfectly. That's not to say that the flavours are not complex - the jus that adorned my slow cooked beef had been reduced to produce a deep velvety liquor. The poached salmon was equally treated with a delicate hand that ensured that it retained its moiture rather than the oft overcooked variety that sadly is all too the norm. Pork, Pigeon, Rabbit and Duck "Mains" are also present to ensure there's little chance of running out of options.
The deserts are equally assured and the highlight is undoubtedly the Vanilla Crème Brulée which was wonderully fresh & creamy and exuded a lovely pungency that only vanilla pods can. The Dark Chocolate Torte should have been accompanied by a priest so sinful it felt - delivering dark, deep, wonderfully heavy notes to the tongue.
All in all thoroughly satisfying. The tables could have been a little better spaced but I guess with the clammer to eat here they're keen to maximise the number of covers. That probably explains the slightly slower than necessary service but hey - these are piffling inconveniences compared to the elated feeling you leave with...