The Oarsman to reopen Thursday 30th September

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After much anticipation, The Oarsman on Spittal Street, Marlow will re-open its doors on Thursday 30th September.  MyMarlow popped in to have a look around, and as noted below, there are some subtle changes – with new painting and pictures as well as new furniture in the dining area. The main changes have been to the kitchen, and the food and wine offering. Here’s the detail from the Oarsman team:

Under the new ownership of Nigel Sutcliffe and James Mclean, The Oarsman has undergone some subtle changes including an open kitchen that will be visible for guests to see the chefs in action, so visitors can feel part of the action and enjoy the informal, relaxed atmosphere.

James and Nigel

The Bistro will house up to 64 people for lunch and dinner and the spacious bar area will welcome guests for drinks.  Available all day, the bar will also house a charcuterie counter of homemade terrines, rillettes, pates as well as carefully selected sausissons and fine hams.  Prices for the bar menu will start from £7.

Co-owner Nigel Sutcliffe has been a wine connoisseur for many years and has developed a wine list including fine and rare wines, as well as a wide range of wines by the glass.  There will also be a selection of creative cocktails, a wide selection of beers and tasting evenings will be arranged during the coming months.

The menu will have bistro style, seasonal dishes created by Head Chef Scott Smith and Sous Chef Peter Webster. Both chefs have won acclaimed praise during their careers; Scott was head chef a Sugarboat in Helensburgh, Scotland and won his Michelin Bib Gourmand in his first year. Peter worked alongside the Galvin Brothers and then time in France allowed him to learn the best modern style of French cooking.

Main courses will start from £17.50 and there will be a special menu available for younger guests.

Prior to opening, Nigel and James are committed to offering the very best training support and they are currently working with their new team to ensure they lead them to deliver excellent service and knowledge of the product. 

Commenting on the re-opening of The Oarsman, Nigel said ‘James and I have some exciting plans for guests and hope that we can bring something to Marlow that compliments the existing offering. As we said before, we will be relying on our local audience and hope that we are bringing something a little different to the town and the next few months will be important to us as we welcome visitors to come and try us.’

The Oarsman will open all day, everyday and lunch will be served from 12 noon until 14.30, dinner will start at 17.00 and the last booking will be at 21.45.

For those who might like to be outside, there is a covered outside space that has a relaxed seating area suitable for all weathers with blankets for the cooler autumn evenings.

For information and reservations visit and keep up to date with news on @theoarsmanmarlow

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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