The Hand & Flowers

126 West Street, Marlow, Bucks, London, SL7 2BP - View on a map
Telephone: 01628 482277

Overall 9.5
Food 9.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 10.0
Value 10.0
Based on 1 reviews

what the critics say


Matthew Norman

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - I wouldn't have chosen the faggot had there been a choice, but this one was a blameless orb of porcine goodness, nestling on puy lentils and cabbage, if a touch genteel for such an offally gutsy dish. Also spherical was my friend's 'Essex lamb bun'. The pinkest, most flavoursome lamb cutlet came rolled into a ball, surrounded by first ovine sweetbreads and then brioche pastry. With the cutlet bone sticking out, it looked like an albino toffee apple. 'The meat is so tender, but the overall texture's too dumplingy, and a sharp, fruity sauce would balance it better than this salsa verde. It's fascinating, but there is no situation in which I would order it again.' Chips were good, as was a side dish of kale and ham hock.

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Saturday, August 04, 2012 - A superb starter or an Omelette Arnold Bennett by any other name. This dish had a lovely lightness and delicacy touch to it and that's despite the use of heavyweight ingredients like smoked haddock, eggs, butter, bechamel, Parmesan, etc. It was pure eggy goodness that can be engorged without restraint!...The Hand and Flowers has the ability to serve astonishingly good pub grub and yet fails when it tries too hard. And what with the two Michelin stars? All I can conclude is that the food here is nice but flawed.

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London Eater

Monday, June 06, 2011 - The style of H&F compels me to make the comparison to Harwood Arms. While the latter is meatier, heavier in cooking, and lighter and airier in ambiance; they share the essential posh pub grub spirit. There is wonderful elegance and rusticity in Tom's cooking. A genuine sense of heartwarming nourishment, enhanced by the shrubby environs of Marlow. It's wholesome cooking, it left us feeling utterly stuffed to the brim, and I enjoyed nodding off on the train ride back to Paddington. However, the food was a little on the heavy side and - dare I say - a little stodgy, that I feel that it would probably better suit a wandering glutton in winter than in spring.

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