The big MyMarlow pub reopening guide! [UPDATED]

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[updated 7-4-21 – Oarsman confirmed for May]

[ updated 16-3-21 – Butcher’s Tap aiming for April with their garden, George and Dragon confirmed as 17th May, 3 Horseshoes, confirmed June opening, plus Grape Expectations wine shop will have seating for alfresco wine and food pairing from 12th April!]

[originally published 10-3-21]

We’ve had lots of requests for information on pub re-openings in Marlow, based on the anticipated 12th April target date to allow pubs to serve OUTSIDE. So, we have tapped up our contacts to get the low down for you! We will report on restaurants and cafes in due course.

It is worth remembering that achieving the various lockdown lifting dates is subject to whether key tests are being met, including the vaccine roll-out going to plan, and no surge in hospital admissions. The earliest dates for hospitality reopening are:

  • No earlier than 12 April: – Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors; customers can meet in a group of up to six people from different households; a maximum of two households can meet to form a group of any size
  • No earlier than 17 May:- Hospitality venues can seat customers indoors; parties can be made up of a maximum of six people or two households of any size; groups seated outside must be smaller than 30 people
  • No earlier than 21 June – All restrictions lifted

As you might expect, our local pubs are keen to have us back as soon as possible, so are planning accordingly, including taking booking for tables. Don’t hang about if you want a seat… those places taking bookings are filling up quickly!!

Pubs with outdoor seating, planning to open Monday 12th April

So, in alphabetical order…..

The Britannia

We can’t wait to welcome all our lovely guests back to our beautiful beer garden. Our outdoor tables are available from 12th April . Look forward to seeing you all soon, just head to our website to book

The Butcher’s Tap

Plans are in place to try and get the garden reopened for the 12th April, or ASAP after!


We’ll be reopening our doors on Monday 12th April from 4pm. We don’t usually open on Mondays BUT we just couldn’t wait! After that we’ll be open from Tuesdays-Saturdays for tapas, burgers, cocktails etc etc. BOOK A TABLE HERE:

Crafty Taproom

Is already open as an off licence, Thurs to Sat 12-6, selling growler refills, 4 pint vessel fills, craft cans and bottles of wine. From the 12th they intend on opening the few chairs they have outside, along with takeaway pints and drinks as per previous lockdown.

The Duke

The Duke will be opening midday 12th April using our outside areas of The Decks (40 seats covered) and The Garden (36 seats in the sunshine) and The Marquee (36 seats covered) . ALL BOOKINGS ARE ONLINE ONLY VIA THE WEBSITE.

The Duke of Clarence

We are now taking bookings outside from April 12th! All tables will be covered and heated. Either under our canopy or our NEW heated marquee! All bookings will require a £5 deposit per person. Please book via our website We CANNOT wait to see you all again!

Grape Expectations

The wine expert/ off licence will be able to continue its popular “wine and food pairing” sessions, by making use of some outdoor seating. Yay!

Marlow Donkey

Local management have confirmed that they have the green light to open from Mon 12th! More details to follow.

The Prince of Wales

We are planning on opening our outside area pending government guidelines on the 12th April. We will have approximately 14 tables available some under heated cover on our patio area and some in place in our carpark with umbrellas. Booking to avoid disappointment is advised. Please contact us via email or telephone 01628 482970. We are still currently open 5pm-9pm for our delicious pizza take away or delivery in the Marlow area.

The Royal Oak 

You can now book the garden online & the heated terrace tables are on a first come, first served basis from 12th April. If you have any queries, please drop us an email at:

The Ship

The Ship’s deck will be open the moment it is allowed to be, and we will be ready and waiting to welcome everyone back!

The Two Brewers

We are delighted to announce that we will be finally be re-opening our Beer Garden to you all.

We have missed having you lovely people at our pubs and we know it has been hard not having quality time with your friends and family, so what better way to catch-up than over some nice food & drink in your local.

And coming in May….

And then in June….

  • The Three Horseshoes – confirmed June

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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