The Hand & Flowers

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The Hand & Flowers
The Hand & Flowers - Marlow in 2014.jpg
Restaurant information
Established2005 (2005)
ChefTom Kerridge
Food typeModern British with French techniques
Dress codeCasual
Rating2 Michelin stars Michelin Guide
Street address126 West Street
CityMarlow
Postal/ZIP CodeSL7 2BP
CountryUnited Kingdom
WebsiteOfficial website

The Hand & Flowers is a gastropub in Marlow, Buckinghamshire that opened in 2005. Owned and operated by Tom Kerridge and his wife Beth Cullen-Kerridge, it gained its first Michelin star within a year of opening and a second in the 2012 list, making it the first pub to hold two Michelin stars. It was named the AA Restaurant of the Year for 2011–12.

Description[edit]

The pub was purchased in 2005 by chef Tom Kerridge and his wife Beth, who ran the front of house.[1][2] Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire on West Street, only a few doors down from where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.[3] The pub gained its first Michelin star,[2] and three AA rosettes in under a year.[4]

At the AA Restaurant and Hotel Awards 2011-12 the pub was named the AA Restaurant of the Year for England.[5] The Hand and Flowers was upgraded to two Michelin stars in the 2012 list, the first time a pub has ever held two stars.[6] Michelin Guide editor Rebecca Burr said of The Hands and Flowers, "Tom’s cooking has risen to new heights. His dishes are sophisticated yet familiar and are a perfect match for the relaxed surroundings of his charming pub."[2]

After Kerridge appeared on the BBC television show the Great British Menu, he added his two winning dishes to the menu at The Hand & Flowers.[7] Another item on the menu is a hot chocolate tart with cacao from the estates of Willie Harcourt-Cooze.[7] Vegetarian dishes are usually created ad hoc as required, and rely on the invention of the chefs.[8]

The Hand & Flowers also has four suites for rent in two refurbished cottages.[4] Each suite has a separate entrance, and the suites are each decorated around a different centerpiece such as a copper bath or private terrace and hot tub.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sejal, Sukhadwala (18 June 2005). "The Hand and Flowers, Marlow, Bucks". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Attewell, Fred (6 October 2011). "Gastropub Hand & Flowers receives two Michelin stars in 2012 guide". Metro. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  3. ^ Duncan, Fiona (16 November 2010). "The Hand and Flowers, Marlow: hotel review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "The Hand & Flowers". The AA.com. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  5. ^ "AA Restaurant and Hotel Awards 2011-2012 announced". Design Restaurants. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  6. ^ Davies, Caroline (6 October 2011). "Hand & Flowers becomes first pub to win two Michelin stars". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  7. ^ a b Jenkins, Allen (21 August 2011). "Restaurant review: Hand & Flowers". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  8. ^ "The Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire". Harpers Bazaar. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  9. ^ Shaitly, Shahesta (27 September 2009). "Checking in". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°34′11″N 0°47′00″W / 51.56981°N 0.78334°W / 51.56981; -0.78334