Giggling Squid announces Marlow opening: Mon 10th Feb

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signGiggling Squid is the new restaurant opening Monday 10th February in West St, Marlow on the site of the old Pachangas.

It is a Thai restaurant, with 90 seats over 2 floors, and is part of a small but fast growing chain which introduces the ” Thai Tapas” concept

Marlow is Giggling Squid’s eighth location, with another one already  in nearby Henley.

The building has undergone extensive refurbishments which cost £300,000, see the pictures below – it looks impressive!

We are looking forward to trying it out – but until then here’s some of the official press release:


Owned by husband and wife team Andy and Pranee Laurillard (the brand is derived from the nickname of one of their three children), Giggling Squid’s formula of serving “rustic” Thai cuisine, with the emphasis on sea- and street-food, is a winning one.

Since opening the first Giggling Squid in 2009, the pair deliberately set out to look different – using drift wood and reclaimed timbers, to create a modern chic environment.


Queues forming outside its recent openings for the “hottest tables in town” are not an unusual sight. Despite its low profile during the extensive refurbishments, the new restaurant has received scores of emails from the public wishing to book tables for its long-awaited opening.


The lunch menu offers a choice of six Tapas-style ‘tasting sets’ that allow diners to sample several of different dishes in at a single sitting, costing between £8.00 and £10.50 with 16 individual dishes priced under £4.00. ‘ Big’ dishes with rice cost £6.50 to £7.95.  ‘Combi’ meals with starters are priced between £6.00 and £7.25.

The evening menu is more extensive with over 50 dishes available. The ever popular Thai Green Chicken Curry is £8.95.

“It’s all down to the food”, says Andy Laurillard commenting on what makes the restaurants a success, which has come against a back drop of one of the longest economic down turns in recent history.


Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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