Restaurants in Marlow
Marlow has plenty of places to eat, as shown in the listing below. We have given our personal views in each case.
The Ivy Marlow Garden
66-68 High Street, 01628 902 777, theivymarlowgarden.com
If the name sounds familiar, yes – this is is under the same ownership as the famous Ivy restaurant in London, but is a more relaxed affair albeit retaining the sophistication you might expect from the name. Offers all-day family dining for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. We love the sophisticated interior styling, and when the weather suits we will always opt for the gorgeous garden which is a real oasis at the heart of Marlow. Always high on the list of places we recommend when asked!
3 West Street, www.thecoachmarlow.co.uk
Tom Kerridge’s second opening in Marlow is an entirely different proposition to the famous, 2 Michelin Starred Hand and Flowers, in that it is not possible to book a table – the intention is to make it accessible to anyone on any day. Of course, this might require some planning, e.g. get in early at busy times, but it’s is definitely worth it! The food is simply fantastic, packed with flavour, created with passion and flair, and presented with style. Dishes are smaller “tapas” sized – but I’d say 2 “main” dishes plus one “side” (for example the chips, or pommes boulangere) are plenty. Dining is at tables, or sat at the bar where you can look directly into the kitchen and watch your food being prepared. Also, our favourite spot for breakfast, sat at the bar, quick service too. Oh, and they have a Michelin star. Sold on it yet? Service start times: Breakfast 8.00am , Lunch 12.00pm, Dinner 6.00pm)
Marlow Bar and Grill
A popular and busy restaurant, with a menu focused on the “grill” aspect, but with other options for those not inclined to have a chink of meat. But.. if that’s your thing, the steaks never fail to impress. At a recent visit the menu included a “tomahawk” steak – a huge 800g beast served attached to the rib, slow cooked for 6 hours, and ideal to share. Stylish setting with a small bar at the front for cocktails and aperitifs. There is also an all weather terrace at the back, allowing guests to dine alfresco, rain or shine with a retractable roof!
92 High Street (find on Google Maps), 01628 488544
The latest addition to Marlow High St is a large, upmarket, and over 21s bar. An impressive interior design, but prices are not exorbitant at all. We were impressed by the food during our review visit, read the details here.
In their own words:An over 21’s venue where our aim is to bring you great food and a carefully selected range of drinks with attentive, friendly service that is far from the ordinary. We know that there are few who can match our attention to detail, delivering consistent quality throughout, in a grown up atmosphere that seamlessly adjusts to the pace of your day.
56-58 High Street, SL7 1AH , 01628 472 878
In their own words:Bills Marlow restaurant is in a lovely old building on the high street. The back of the restaurant opens on to a pretty garden, perfect for sunny days. Open: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 11pm Sunday (and bank holidays): 9am – 10:30pm
40 West Street Marlow , SL7 2NB, 01628 481571
A large and pretty special restaurant. Housed in a historic inn dating back centuries, the food is mostly French in influence. Food and wine are fantastic, as is the service. A great place to go for a special occasion. One nice touch was the ‘graphic’ display of specials shown as we sipped aperitifs in the bar – we were shown plates of raw and fresh ingredients and had explained the various ways we could have them cooked!
Bisham Village, 01628 484734
La Cantina del Vino (Italian)
Wow. Lovely Italian food in superb setting – a converted barn, right in the town centre! We have always received a genuinely warm and friendly welcome, and enjoyed the food. Thoroughly recommended.
In their own words:A friendly restaurant featuring good authentic Italian food in a comfortable, modern surroundings. La Cantina Del Vino offers alfresco dining in the warm summer months and a variety of eating experiences including seasonal dishes, home-made Italian favourites and the versatility of Italian style dining outside normal lunch and dinner hours.
The Barn, 6-7 Morris Place, SL7 1DF, 01628 477885
The Compleat Angler (Hotel)
High quality, well presented food, attentive service and a great riverside location. The main Bowaters restaurant is a 2 AA Rosette restaurant serving modern British food, with meals around 40 per head, for 3 courses excluding wine. They also serve lighter bites and snacks in the Lounge and the Cocktail Bar.
, 0870 4008100
Cote serves classic brasserie dining from breakfast through to lunch and dinner, daily. Inspired by new trends in Paris, award-winning Cote is dedicated to serving authentic dishes with a modern twist, using high quality produce at great prices. The weekday lunch and early evening menu provides outstanding value at 9.95 for two courses and 11.90 for three courses.
57 West Street, SL7 2LS (find on Google Maps)
Marlow Tandoori (Delivery ONLY) (Indian)
A long established takeaway that closed its town centre premises in 2012, but – THEY CAN STILL DELIVER TO YOUR HOUSE!! The food itself is of very high quality, delivery is usually very prompt. Their menu has some really interesting and tasty items in the “Recommended Dishes” section… but it’s all recommended really!
(no longer in town centre), 01628 472017
Everything said about the Compleat Angler food and restaurant service also applies here, and the setting of the Oak Room restaurant is very grand indeed. In fact, the service is unsurpassed, with waiting staff seemingly on permanent standby to attend your needs. The building itself is impressive, and so are the gardens leading to views across the Thames – providing an ideal spot for aperitifs. No problems with delivery of drinks, either! Also a great location for Afternoon Tea.
Henley Road, 01628 891010
Part of a local chain of pizza/pasta restaurants doubling up as a cafe during the day. There is a varied menu, and makes a change from the larger pizza chain restaurants in town.
13 Spittal Street, 01628 473532
The George and Dragon
Restaurant part of the ‘Table Table’ chain. The ‘concept’ is that each table is different to all the others, and you pick one suited to your group size and mood. It actually works well, with several alcoves – you certainly don’t feel surrounded by other diners. The food is very good value, and is probably the most cost effective eating out in Marlow. Also see entry in pub guide
The Causeway, 0870 111 2832
24 West Street, SL7 2BP, 01628 483047
The Hand and Flowers
Owner Tom Kerridge has earned the Hand and Flowers TWO Michelin stars – lauded in the press as the only 2 star “gastro-pub” in the UK, though it really is much more restaurant than pub! The atmosphere is very cosy – all low beams and candles. The food is simply delicious – I loved the duck and foie gras parfait on toasted brioche starter. Tom has won The Great British Menu TV show 2 years in a row, and both dishes are on the menu here. The 2011 Winner ‘Hog Roast’ really has to be seen to be believed, and tasted – spectacular stuff.
West Street, 01628 482277
A quite upmarket Indian Restaurant, which also does take-away. Service has been friendly on our visits, and when turning up for take-aways. The food is as good as any other Indian food on offer in Marlow, although different in style. Amongst my friends there is disagreement over which is the best – so it just comes down to personal taste. I’ve not been disappointed with any meal in any of Marlow’s Indian restaurants!
101 High Street, 01628 482180
Great pizzas, as well as salads and “al forno” dishes like lasagna – generous in portion size, and we always find the staff to be knowledgeable, welcoming and enthusiastic. My personal preference is for the ultra thin Romana base pizzas – lovely and crisp! They change the menu through the year, it is welcoming to families and large groups, we go here a lot. You can read our full thoughts in our detailed blog review
48 High St, SL7 1AW, 01628 475333
Part of a large chain of over 160 restaurants. As you might expect, there is a wide range of pizzas and pastas, plus a limited number of meat+side dish meals. I prefer the “VIPizza”, which has a larger, thin and crispy base with space for more toppings! If you have been to another Prezzo – you know what to expect – but it is decent, good value stuff!
21 High Street, SL7 1AU , 01628 475833
A deservedly popular location for a meal out, and has a good reputation locally (and beyond, I expect). Genuinely friendly staff, and delicious food. At my last visit I was equally happy with the starter of squid 6.50, and then the 21 day aged rib-eye steak 17.75. (Also see entry in our Pub listings)
Frieth Road, Bovingdon Green, SL7 2JF, 01628 488611
In their own words:Sindhu by Atul Kochhar is the latest venture by the Michelin-starred chef that offers diners the very best of traditional Indian cuisine in a contemporary manner. Atul’s menus are inspired by his love of traditional Indian cuisine combined with his dedication to using only the finest British ingredients. The result is an innovative and unique style of authentic modern Indian cuisine offering a selection of deliciously distinctive creations. Our testing menu offers diners an exquisite selection of perfectly chosen courses which have each been created by Head Chef Gopal Krishnan.
The Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow Bridge, SL7 1AG, 0870 4008100
A Subway… just like all the others – you probably know what to expect. Home of the foot-long roll!
31 Spittal St, SL7 3HJ, 01628 487575
Marlow’s only Chinese restaurant, following the closure of the Jasmine in 2010. Quite a small restaurant, but the quality of food is good, and the do a great takeaway. Menus are available on the website.
In their own words:We can seat up to 30 people and we provide an excellent takeaway service with a 10% discount. All the usual favourites are available including crispy aromatic duck with pancakes and shredded beef, and lets not forget the toffee bananas for dessert followed by a pot of jasmine tea to end the evening. An excellent Chinese beer is also available from the selection of bottled beers. From Sunday to Thursday we have a great value three course meal in the restaurant available for 15.00 (8.90 for children under 12 years old)
8 Oxford Road, 01628 482502
An upmarket Indian restaurant, which serves some great curries. Have a look at the menu on the website.
41 West Street, 01628 482211
Quite simply our favourite restaurant in Marlow. The food is best described as British with French influences. Owner and head chef Michael Macdonald has had a considerable track record in restaurants of note.. and his skills are best demonstrated in the multi course ‘Gourmand Menu’… superb, and certainly worth the £60 a head price. Typical courses include: -Seared Scallops with Tahitian Vanilla poached Pear Puree -Roast Rump of Lamb, Flagolet Puree and Aged Balsamic Jus -Praline Creme Brulee with Baileys Ice Cream
31 West Street, 01628 898101
A Marlow institution for some 25 years, with a loyal local following. The food is Italian, but proper dishes, not a pizza in sight! There is always an extensive list of specials, often as much choice as the main menu – to ensure some variety for those who visit regularly, as many do. Desserts come in the form of a trolley being wheeled to your table, and the choice is superb. I usually go for a trifle, delicious! The staff are friendly and many have been there for years – and they contribute to a real atmosphere in the place. A deservedly popular restaurant.
2 Chapel Street, 01628 472012
Stylish interior, with a small garden also. Offers a good range of pizza and pasta, in generous portions. Do decent salads too – the Superfood Salad manages to be healthy and filling! The main room can get noisy when busy – due to the acoustics caused by high ceilings I suspect. This would only be an issue if you wanted a quiet romantic meal perhaps.
The Old Brewery, High Street, SL7 1AQ, 01628 890200