The Hand & Flowers

“Pub food reimagined” - AA Inspector



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Tom Kerridge’s motivation has always been to create food that people want to eat, rather than messing about with baffling peculiarities they feel they ought to try. In Tom’s words, ‘brilliant ingredients, cooked simply to let the flavours shine’. The nerve-centre of his culinary empire remains the whitewashed country pub with its hanging baskets, where an atmosphere of friendly enthusiasm prevails amid the bare tables and half-boarded walls. The menu might offer pork and mushroom terrine, Australian black winter truffle, poultry glaze and toasted sourdough, then 30-day-old dry aged fillet of beef with potato buttermilk waffle, crème fraîche and chive butter and sauce bordelaise. For dessert you can expect real flavour sensations, as in banana soufflé with vanilla custard ice cream and milk chocolate and Plantation Original dark rum sauce, or a true favourite – the signature Hand & Flowers chocolate and ale cake with Pedro Ximenez and Rebellion beer ice cream.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
The Hand & Flowers
126 West Street, MARLOW, SL7 2BP


  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
Opening times
  • Closed: 24–26 December
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 150
  • Wines by the glass: 35
  • Cuisine style: French. British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.

The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.


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