The Butcher’s Tap – Tom Kerridge’s new pub AND butchers to open in November

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Back in January we reported on the fact that a planning application had been approved relating to O’Donoghues pub.  We noted that Tom Kerridge was behind the plans, but today was the first time we have had “official” confirmation – via a tweet announcing a November opening, and an official Press Release.

The Twitter profile describes the venture as “Marlow town centre traditional butchers & pub with a personal service providing high quality meats & serving drinks and snacks late into the evening.”

We now know that The Butcher’s Tap will act as a butchers and pub during the day, before turning into a pub serving food in the evening.  Meat will be a large feature of the food offering, if that wasn’t obvious! It will include “plenty of British favourites such as braised faggots and hot-pots, homemade pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls”.   

Tom is teaming up with a butcher friend of his,  Andy cook, who provides the meat for the Hand and Flowers.

Tom is quoted as saying “We wan’t the Butcher’s tap to be the heart and soul of Marlow, somewhere you can pop in every week for your usual order that we’ll have ready for you, but also a place you can have a pint and a hot pork pie straight out of the oven”

This all ties into our original interpretation of the planning application, which can be read here.   In that article we described the proposed layout which is summarised below: 

The bar will be moved so it runs along the right hand wall, and would “incorporate retail display units underneath as the food and drink available to eat at the public house will also be able to be purchased and taken home. ”

The internal layout will be altered considerably, opening it up to look what look like seating for perhaps 40 people including seating at the bar.  It does look like there is space for people to stand too – or at least there is a decent space between the bar and seating.

Below is an artist’s impression as was included in planning proposals – which are freely available online at Reference 16/08218/FUL

Artist’s impression as included in planning proposals submitted, and freely available online at

So, that’s that then! As usual watch this spacee for more…

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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