Well it is well known for its quaint, historic, romantic streets and famous literary history, Marlow also boasts an impressive culinary scene. We sent out a few foodies from our kitchen showroom just outside Marlow to find the best restaurants the town has to offer; from Indian to Italian, with the classic British gastro pub making an obligatory appearance (except this particular pub is run by Tom Kerridge and has two Michelin stars). With food this good on offer, it would be wrong not to give your kitchen worktops a well-deserved break and head out for a meal.

Here are our top five picks:

The Vanilla PodWest Street

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The Vanilla Pod’s understated dining room is tucked away behind a sophisticated black door in Marlow’s West Street. Once home to T.S. Eliot, one of the most eminent literary figures of the 20th century, the elegant home has been transformed into a modern, stylish restaurant. Clean, classy lines and simple décor give a contemporary feel to the place that is mimicked in its simple, delicious food.

The kitchen is run by the Chef Proprietor Michael Macdonald, who uses local produce to create a different menu everyday showcasing his creativity and imagination. Macdonald prepares and cooks each dish individually, giving the place an intimate, familial feeling, where guests feel well looked after and comfortable. elegant.

Mcdonald says of the place: ‘One of the most satisfying things about being this rural is that it allows me to source many ingredients by forming relationships with local producers, and actually see where my ingredients are coming from and how they are grown; however this does not mean all my ingredients are local, as some are sourced from Scotland, Wales and France and other parts of England, to insure that quality is maintained.

My menu is constantly changing with the seasons. I can serve produce such as strawberries and asparagus which can be picked in the morning a mile away from the restaurant and served for lunch. This gives me the confidence, that my customers are getting the freshness and flavour that is never possible with produce that is out-of-season. On a personal level, it also gives me the satisfaction of supporting my local community and doing a little bit for a greener earth.’

Villa D’Este, Chapel Street

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 This authentic Italian restaurant is perfect for a low key outing that doesn’t skimp on tasty, quality food. Serving delicious Italian food that steers well clear of clichéd pizza and pasta, think more along the lines of potato dumplings with blue cheese, cream & radicchio, slow cooked rabbit wrapped in smoked belly of pork, wine, rosemary, tomatoes & chilli, and slow roasted shank of lamb in red wine, rosemary & balsamic sauce.

Great food, service, and atmosphere. The sweet trolley has been called ‘life changing’, so be sure to check it out.

The Hand & Flowers, West Street

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Opened in 2005 by Tom and Beth Kerridge, The Hand & Flowers is the only UK pub to be awarded two Michelin stars. This gastro pub serves delicious, un-pretentious food in a surprisingly welcoming and relaxed environment. As it is a Michelin starred restaurant, expect it to be relatively pricey. However, you do get value for your money with the best quality ingredients and an incredible menu.

Here is just a taster of what you can expect:

Loin of Cotswold Venison with Boudin Noir Purée, Salt Baked Celeriac, Ragout Pie and Cow Puff.

“Fish du Jour” with Cuttlefish Dolma, Truffle Roast Artichoke, Hazelnuts and Wheat Beer Beurre Blanc

Half Beer Roast Chicken with Citrus Braised Chicory, Pumpkin, Maple and Coffee Purée and Oak Gravy.

Tenderloin of Wiltshire Pork with Pickled Cabbage, Garlic Sausage, Malted Cheek Beignet and Mustard Mayonnaise.

If those don’t have you drooling and booking your table now, we don’t know what will!

 Sindhu, Marlow Bridge

Sindhu

 Located at The Compleat Angler Hotel, Sindhu by Atul Kochhar (who received the UK’s first ever Michelin star for Indian cooking) produces ‘traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist’. Beautifully presented food, packed with vibrant, exquisite flavours, Sindhu is not your typical British ‘Indian’ restaurant – so if you’re expecting to find a Korma, Madras, or Vindaloo – this is not the place for you. Order from the wide range on the a la carte menu, or if you’re looking for something extra special, book the seven course tasting menu.

With great food, the décor is also beautifully done; taking inspiration from the rivers of India and the location of the back drop of the stunning Marlow Weir, the restaurant boasts comfy furnishing and vibrant art, set against calm, muted colours to create a balanced, relaxed, yet vibrant, space. Surrounded by stunning views, Sindhu seems to have everything covered! Head here for a relaxing evening full of delicious food, in a calming, tranquil environment.

The Royal Oak, Frieth Road

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a homey, comfortable gastro pub with friendly service, a beautiful, big garden for the summer months, a roaring log fire for the winter, and delicious food ‘you wish your mother had made’.

Incredibly popular with locals, the food is colourful, vibrant, comforting, and tasty (the Sunday roast is famous in Marlow). It is the perfect place to chill out with family or friends, and enjoy a meal and a few drinks.

Any residents or visitors to the area, make sure you pop into our Marlowe kitchen showroom.  It’s our most recent showroom and our friendly staff are always on hand to advise and help.

Well it is well known for its quaint, historic, romantic streets and famous literary history, Marlow also boasts an impressive culinary scene. We sent out a few foodies from our kitchen showroom just outside Marlow to find the best restaurants the town has to offer; from Indian to Italian, with the classic British gastro pub making an obligatory appearance (except this particular pub is run by Tom Kerridge and has two Michelin stars). With food this good on offer, it would be wrong not to give your kitchen worktops a well-deserved break and head out for a meal.

Here are our top five picks:

The Vanilla PodWest Street

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The Vanilla Pod’s understated dining room is tucked away behind a sophisticated black door in Marlow’s West Street. Once home to T.S. Eliot, one of the most eminent literary figures of the 20th century, the elegant home has been transformed into a modern, stylish restaurant. Clean, classy lines and simple décor give a contemporary feel to the place that is mimicked in its simple, delicious food.

The kitchen is run by the Chef Proprietor Michael Macdonald, who uses local produce to create a different menu everyday showcasing his creativity and imagination. Macdonald prepares and cooks each dish individually, giving the place an intimate, familial feeling, where guests feel well looked after and comfortable. elegant.

Mcdonald says of the place: ‘One of the most satisfying things about being this rural is that it allows me to source many ingredients by forming relationships with local producers, and actually see where my ingredients are coming from and how they are grown; however this does not mean all my ingredients are local, as some are sourced from Scotland, Wales and France and other parts of England, to insure that quality is maintained.

My menu is constantly changing with the seasons. I can serve produce such as strawberries and asparagus which can be picked in the morning a mile away from the restaurant and served for lunch. This gives me the confidence, that my customers are getting the freshness and flavour that is never possible with produce that is out-of-season. On a personal level, it also gives me the satisfaction of supporting my local community and doing a little bit for a greener earth.’

Villa D’Este, Chapel Street

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 This authentic Italian restaurant is perfect for a low key outing that doesn’t skimp on tasty, quality food. Serving delicious Italian food that steers well clear of clichéd pizza and pasta, think more along the lines of potato dumplings with blue cheese, cream & radicchio, slow cooked rabbit wrapped in smoked belly of pork, wine, rosemary, tomatoes & chilli, and slow roasted shank of lamb in red wine, rosemary & balsamic sauce.

Great food, service, and atmosphere. The sweet trolley has been called ‘life changing’, so be sure to check it out.

The Hand & Flowers, West Street

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Opened in 2005 by Tom and Beth Kerridge, The Hand & Flowers is the only UK pub to be awarded two Michelin stars. This gastro pub serves delicious, un-pretentious food in a surprisingly welcoming and relaxed environment. As it is a Michelin starred restaurant, expect it to be relatively pricey. However, you do get value for your money with the best quality ingredients and an incredible menu.

Here is just a taster of what you can expect:

Loin of Cotswold Venison with Boudin Noir Purée, Salt Baked Celeriac, Ragout Pie and Cow Puff.

“Fish du Jour” with Cuttlefish Dolma, Truffle Roast Artichoke, Hazelnuts and Wheat Beer Beurre Blanc

Half Beer Roast Chicken with Citrus Braised Chicory, Pumpkin, Maple and Coffee Purée and Oak Gravy.

Tenderloin of Wiltshire Pork with Pickled Cabbage, Garlic Sausage, Malted Cheek Beignet and Mustard Mayonnaise.

If those don’t have you drooling and booking your table now, we don’t know what will!

 Sindhu, Marlow Bridge

Sindhu

 Located at The Compleat Angler Hotel, Sindhu by Atul Kochhar (who received the UK’s first ever Michelin star for Indian cooking) produces ‘traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist’. Beautifully presented food, packed with vibrant, exquisite flavours, Sindhu is not your typical British ‘Indian’ restaurant – so if you’re expecting to find a Korma, Madras, or Vindaloo – this is not the place for you. Order from the wide range on the a la carte menu, or if you’re looking for something extra special, book the seven course tasting menu.

With great food, the décor is also beautifully done; taking inspiration from the rivers of India and the location of the back drop of the stunning Marlow Weir, the restaurant boasts comfy furnishing and vibrant art, set against calm, muted colours to create a balanced, relaxed, yet vibrant, space. Surrounded by stunning views, Sindhu seems to have everything covered! Head here for a relaxing evening full of delicious food, in a calming, tranquil environment.

The Royal Oak, Frieth Road

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a homey, comfortable gastro pub with friendly service, a beautiful, big garden for the summer months, a roaring log fire for the winter, and delicious food ‘you wish your mother had made’.

Incredibly popular with locals, the food is colourful, vibrant, comforting, and tasty (the Sunday roast is famous in Marlow). It is the perfect place to chill out with family or friends, and enjoy a meal and a few drinks.

Any residents or visitors to the area, make sure you pop into our Marlowe kitchen showroom.  It’s our most recent showroom and our friendly staff are always on hand to advise and help.