Marlow is blessed with a large number of pubs, for its size, and also with a great variety – traditional pubs, trendy bars, gastropubs. Technically speaking, one of our pubs – The Hand and Flowers, owned by Tom Kerridge has 2 Michelin stars! Having said that… you will find that particular establishment in our Restaurants listing:-)
Here’s the list of pubs in Marlow in alphabetical order with our brief summary of each. In some cases we have more detailed reviews to refer to.
The largest bar on the High St is an upmarket, and over 21s bar. An impressive interior design, but prices are not exorbitant at all. Cocktails start from 5.95, shooters at 3.50, plus a good range of draft and bottled ales, lagers and ciders. (The real ale is from parent company McMullens brewery). Wine costs from about 13 a bottle.. right up to some quite pricey champagne! Open until 1am Fri/Sat. Read our detailed review from the opening in December 2012.
The Butchers Tap
15 Spittal Street, SL7 3HJ (find on Google Maps)
Large pub to the east of town. Recently redeveloped, and significantly improved. Good value food – traditional pub grub in decent portions. Our full review on opening is in our blog here. We will update on atmosphere and everything else once it’s been open a short while!
Pub at the front, and restaurant at the back. The pub area is large and comfortable, with outdoors seating fronting the High St. Brakspears beer is on offer, with a good range of wines and bottled drinks. Good value bar snacks available, if you don’t want to give the restaurant a try. DETAILS: Food served: Until 12pm Fri/Sat, 9pm Sun, 11pm other days. Late license: Fri and Sat until 1am. Beer Garden: A few tables on the High St. Parking: On-street only. Children welcome: Yes, in restaurant. Pub is Over 25s only. Wifi: Yes, free for customers. Disabled access? Yes, with disabled toilets.
51 High Street, 01628 482053
The Churchill Tap
Technically, this is a part of the Chequers premises (see above), but is marketed and run as a separate entity, being “a pub dedicated to all things Craft Beer”. It has 8 draft beers at any time, plus a wide range of beer in bottles & cans. They have a small food menu, aiming to provide snacks that are great with beer – eg homemade sausage rolls.
Antosh who runs the bar injects a real buzz into the place which has a great ambiance, and a friendly welcome. They also excel at putting on some great entertainment – regular DJ nights, live music, film nights, a monthly quiz… and have had some quite high profile “headline acts” at party nights, keep an eye out for those! In the summer there is the lovely little courtyard garden, with an outdoor bar. The food offering is based around tapas-sized portions ideal for a snack or buy a few to share, plus a few mains. Homemade and delicious. We like it there, can you tell?
16 Oxford Road (find on Google Maps), 01628 488404
Sprawling gardens, local beers and really great food with the friendliest bunch of people you’re likely to meet.
Bare floorboards and ancient timbers ooze bonhomie, it feels like someone’s home – it might as well be yours for the time you are there. Like old friends visiting for dinner, the welcome is easy and relaxed. It’s journey’s end.
Beyond the panelled bar the gardens stretch back, and back – perfect for lazy summer afternoons watching the Red Kites soar overhead.
Step through the gap in the fence and there’s even a Teepee tucked behind, primed and ready for your exclusive event: SEE TEEPEE WEBSITE
With glass in hand and a menu to savour it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of Marlow’s riverside.
Oh, did we mention we were awarded the Buckingham Dining Pub of the Year 2019 for the 6th time from the Good Pub Guide, so we’re well worth a visit.
Come rain or shine, you’ll have a wonderful time.
Coming soon…. https://theoarsman.co.uk/
Large pub, though the fact it is a (short) walk from the High Street means it attracts less of the tourist crowds, but still has a decent buzz, and we always experience a friendly welcome. Good range of food, and a huge garden – the best pub garden in town I’d say. Family friendly, with children allowed up till 9pm. Has a quiz on Thursdays.. we tried it out and came second. Late Licence: Fri and Sat until midnight.
Station Road, 01628 482022
The Duke at Marlow
A great traditional local pub, complete with a garden, pool table, friendly service from Heidi and the team plus a host of regular events – live music and suchlike. Serves tasty, filling food like burgers, hot-dogs and wraps. Follow their Facebook page for all the details.
Queens Road, 01628 483494
Extensively refurbished in Aug 2008, and is a restaurant as much as a pub (see entry in our restaurant section). Going there on a Friday night we were overwhelmed by the very young average age of clientele, not sure if this is normal, so until we revisit we will rely on your comments….. Late Licence: Fri and Sat until midnight.
The Causeway, 0870 111 2832
The Prince of Wales
A long established and popular, friendly local pub. Bar area at the front, and a larger seating area at the back where you can get great pub grub from “Carol’s Kitchen”. Regular Open Mic events, and live music, all detailed on their Facebook page. Late Licence: Fri and Sat until midnight.
Mill Road, 01628 482970
West Street, 01628 484360, www.theshipmarlow.com
Marlow’s oldest pub, established in 1580. This popular pub has a cosy and traditional wooden beamed bar in the front, with an extension out the back and a lovely big beer garden out the back. The pub is a free house (ie not tied to a brewery, so can serve whatever they like). Good range of beers, lager, a gin bar, cocktails and wine. Screen for showing sport, and occasional live music and events. Serves food – a small but perfectly adequate selection to go with your drink (plus kids menu too). Open Daily 12pm – 12am (Fri/Sat 2am)
A spacious pub, attracting a youngish crowd, with a good selection of beers and serving a wide selection of food all day. Part of a well known chain, so nothing like a traditional pub… but does a good job in its target market. DETAILS: Food served: Until 10pm every day. Late license: Fri and Sat until 1am. Beer Garden: Very small (four tables). Parking: On-street only. Children welcome: Yes, until 10PM, kids menu and baby changing. Wifi: No. Disabled access? Yes, with disabled toilets. REGULAR EVENTS: Quiz Night Tuesday, Half-price food all day Monday.
82-84 High Street, 01628 478737
The Three Horseshoes
Just outside of town, past the Marlow Bottom turn on the way up to High Wycombe. Very highly rated for it’s Rebellion beers, and extensive food selection. Worth leaving the town centre to visit – just get someone else to drive so you can make the most of that lovely beer!
Wycombe Road, Burroughs Grove, 01628 483109
The Two Brewers
A historic old pub, dating from 1755, and certainly retains the traditional English pub atmosphere. Well known for it’s food, which is somewhat more sophisticated than your typical “pub grub”, see separate entry in our Restaurant reviews. Late Licence: Fri and Sat until midnight.
St Peter Street, 01628 484140