26 restaurants in Marlow
Restaurants in Marlow:
The Causeway, Marlow, SL7 2AA [Map]
Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings. If that sounds too much like a dream come true be assured that at Table Table they also walk the talk, and are pleased to have the chance to prove it.
Their well located restaurants are spread across a wide range of decors and styles, and all of them share a determination to provide comfort, warmth and relaxation. Their buffet menus for special occasions are remarkable value.
In keeping with modern trends they provide dishes to nibble or share as guests consider the spread of options on a menu that could be described as British with welcome incursions. So as you share long Italian flatbread, and dough balls and dips, or a sharing platter with an imaginative range of finger food starting with garlic and breaded mushrooms, it's time to think about the relative merits of aromatic duck parcels, a prawn cocktail, breaded Camembert or sticky chicken goujons to name but a few.
Many an innocent dish from the past has been hi-jacked in the best possible sense into becoming what is now called a 'pub classic'. Wiltshire cure ham with eggs is served with chunky chips and beef, mushroom and ale pie, or chicken and chips are all familiar with British tables, be they in the dining room or the kitchen. Now they have been added to by chicken fajitas, a sweet red pepper, crème fraiche and fennel tart, a leg of duck slowly cooked and served with a Bramley apple and cider sauce, or chilli con carne with basmati rice, sour cream and guacamole and nachos. So is the humble burger with six enticing toppings.
The point is they, and others, are all here at Table Table, well prepared with quality ingredients, and presented in a way that makes you hungry even if you thought you weren't.
Getting down to the more serious side of the table keep an eye open for the seafood pie, a delightful assembly of things fishy including crayfish, red snapper, prawns and clams. Many of their steaks are 28 days matured, including a 7oz fillet. All steaks are served with watercress, roasted cherry tomatoes, a flat mushroom and chunky chips. A choice from 4 sauces adds the final touch of enjoyment.
Pastas and salads embrace some well known and loved names, but for sheer enjoyment the hot smoked salmon salad takes some beating - flakes of hot smoked salmon mixed with a house salad and soy and ginger sauce. A real winner.
Snacks aplenty cover hot baguettes with the like of grilled pork loin and Bramley apple sauce, sandwiches filled with Cheddar cheese, or prawns and Marie Rose sauce, and jacket potatoes with such temptations as chilli con carne. Add a bowl of chips for only a little extra.
A well travelled wine list offers helpful advice for the uninitiated and there's an impressive choice of draught and bottled beers and lagers. All in all it would appear that Table Table are more than achieving their aims, providing the opportunity for people to eat out enjoyably, with excellent value for money. Long may they continue to do so.
For completely up to date information on menu changes and special offers do make a regular check on their lively Website.
Family, Pub, Traditional
Frieth Road, Bovingdon Green, nr Marlow, SL7 2JF [Map]
In the great pub evolution there have, as always, been winners and losers. The weak have gone to the wall, the strong have survived, and the newcomers have led the renaissance. The emergence of modest groupings of revitalised pubs has brought some real stars, of which The Royal Oak is undoubtedly one, a verdict supported by the award of Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide for 2011.
The advantages of an historic building have been skilfully combined with new ideas, modern management with heart, and an adherence to being British that borders on patriotism. Character and atmosphere is there in abundance, and you will dine in a rosy red room with glowing dark floorboards.
Only 15 minutes from the M4 and the M40, and 3 from the centre of Marlow (great shopping for the m'sahib) The Royal Oak is rural enough to have the red kites, reintroduced to the Chilterns in 1989, doing an aerial display over the pub. Once inside, the warmth of an egalitarian clientele, and friendly staff can lead to a steady and insidious relaxation.
Head Chef Ed Frost presides over a talented team which monitors on what they call a 'British Colonial' style. This involves emphasis on the products of the local fields and hedgerows, an art that over the years we have mislaid, to our own disadvantage. Starters of small plates look to seared Scottish salmon and horseradish blinis with rocket and beetroot salad cream; bubble and squeak with oak smoked bacon, free range poached egg and Hollandaise sauce, or Dorset brown crab mayonnaise on toasted ciabatta.
Many dishes are subject to season and in summer look out for grilled Cornish mackerel fillets with warm marinated feta, broad bean and new potato salad and harissa yoghurt. At any time that grand dish, the char-grilled aged English steak should not be ignored, served here with blue cheese Caesar butter and skinny chips. The eponymous pan-roast Barbary duck breast with confit potato, caramelised red onion tarte tatin and broccoli purée combines flavours that were surely grown or bred in some celestial place, though for those who like their pleasures at the table simple there is whole Cornish sole with buttered marsh samphire, sautéed new potatoes and sauce vierge.
Amongst an inspired presentation of vegetables look for open field mushroom and spinach lasagne with garden herb sabayon, pickled walnuts and truffle oil, to name but a few. Puddings present a star-studded raft of choices, starting with the baked dark chocolate soup with chocolate crackles and tiramisu ice cream, some stunning home made sorbets (mango, elderflower and strawberry for instance), or passion fruit delice with caramelised pineapple and coconut candy. I won't go on about the British cheese plate, but do leave some space . . . . . .
But I will go on about the fairly short but quite outstanding wine list which does the business in that direction with consummate skill. There is a good by-the-glass selection and addicts of pudding wine will find themselves in some sort of plummy heaven. Prices are a gift from the gods too.
Their excellent and friendly Website will introduce to further points of virtue about The Royal Oak, together with more information on such matters as changing menus.
English, Gastropub, Modern British
Macdonald Compleat Angler - Marlow, Marlow, SL7 1RG [Map]
There can be few more quintessentially English scenes than this well placed restaurant by the side of the River Thames, particularly on a warm late summer's evening when the glow of the candles is reflected in the water and the quiet sounds of the river permeate through the conversation within.
The à la carte menu is available at lunchtimes Monday to Saturday and every evening except on special event evenings. A quick scan reveals a choice of around six starters to include ham hock ballotine with fried quail eggs, or a very palatable cream of pumpkin soup with truffle and almond black butter.
Main courses are divided into fish and vegetarian, and meat, with roast loin of Highland lamb a favoured choice, or for those who must have their fish perhaps a baked fillet of brill with glazed salsify, curly kale and mussel broth. Iced pear and calvados parfait is teamed up with almonds pear and honey combe, and the hot dark chocolate fondant with pistachio praline leaves many a contented smile behind it.
Bowater's works well with its sister restaurant on the same premises, each offering a different slant on what is basically some of the best eating to be had in the area, and that as aficionados.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
British, Modern British
Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG [Map]
It may share a name with the much acclaimed Chelsea restaurant, but this Marlow outpost also has plenty of things in common with the original. Housed within The Compleat Angler Hotel, which paints a picture of a sought after romantic destination by the Thames, Aubergine fuses the idea of English elegance with French finesse and finally manages to bring a touch of urban style to a tranquil country setting.
The menu draws inspiration from the French culinary lexicon and there are terrines, pithiviers, foie gras and the like, so expect an explosion of flavours in starters of smoked salmon, dill scented potato pancake and sour cream, or a warm salad of quail in a hazelnut and orange dressing. Follow on with a main course of monkfish wrapped in Bayonne ham with braised peas, onions and lettuce, and saddle of Lune Valley lamb with tian of provençale vegetables and olive jus. A pear tatin or passion fruit soufflé may be an interesting idea to finish.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
21 High Street, Marlow, SL7 1AU [Map]
Prezzo has been delighting diners for over eight years, and this Italian restaurant chain has since been able to expand throughout large parts of England and Scotland with some 141 outlets.
Interestingly, the company seeks to restore either impressive buildings or ones of local interest. The conversion of the Newbury library and other listed buildings, such as those in Salisbury, Romsey and Mayfair, are all welcome examples of 'new use'. Their trendy and sophisticated décor usually consists of tiled or wooden floors with delicate lights and colourful paintings, along with wooden furniture and sparkling cutlery, creating a setting that is suitable for a relaxed lunch, a family meal or an evening out with friends.
The restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy. The menu includes pizza, pasta, risotto, grilled meats, fresh salads and frequently changing specials.
The freshly baked breads, like the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, are perfect for sharing and give you adequate breathing space to order starters to follow. Crab cakes served with garlic mayonnaise or grilled goat's cheese with plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on foccacia bread with a balsamic glaze set the tone for a hearty meal. Best fun is to order an antipasto platter to share made up from seven well loved Italian nibbles.
Find pastas such as the unusual penne con salmone, with oak-roasted salmon, broccoli and fresh chillies in a red pesto and cream sauce, or firm favourites like spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, and fusilli al pesto, asparagus spears with field mushrooms and roasted peppers in a basil pesto sauce.
Amongst the special pastas, the pollo mariano, seasoned chicken, pepperoni sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce, is interesting and different. Italian menus would be incomplete without risotto, like tiger prawns with petits pois in a creamy saffron sauce.
Classic pizzas embrace, among a wide selection, the popular napoletana, topped with yellowfin tuna, tomato, white anchovies, capers, red onion, mozzarella and marinated olives, and the much loved quattro stagioni - pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella and tomato.
Specials could include the pollo Siciliana, char-grilled chicken breast, prosciutto ham and plum tomato slices, baked with their blend of cheese, only one example from the many tempting offerings that come out from the Prezzo kitchens.
You can accompany the food with a variety of tipples, though for many, Italian food requires Italian wines to be enjoyed to the full, ranging from house wine through Morellino di Scansano and Prosecco to liqueurs and beer, and there is espresso or fresh ground coffee to wind up an enjoyable meal, in company with a glass of grappa or sambuca.
This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
Prezzo is a lively group and opportunities to improve and update are never left on the table for long. Keep up to date with a quick click on their Website.
48 High Street, Marlow, SL7 1AW [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
2 Chapel Street, Marlow, SL7 1DD [Map]
Villa D'Este in Lake Como is an epitome of peace and tranquillity with acres of parkland, fountains and landscaped gardens; closer to home its namesake restaurant on Chapel Street in Marlow may not exactly match its Italian counterpart, but it's still a sought after place with an elegant and mellow interior of closely packed tables, neutral tones on the walls and interesting water features.
Then there's the food that is reliably authentic starting with endive and chicory salad with mature goats' cheese and walnuts with an Italian dressing and wild boar ham dressed with melon. Next to arrive could be plates of slow roasted shank of lamb in red wine, sweet balsamic glaze and rosemary sauce, and salmon fillet in sweet chilli marinade with roasted mixed peppers. The simplicity of a pasta dish is undeniable with the organic wrinkled pasta with smoked chicken, belly pork, sun-dried tomatoes and peas.
The concise wine menu at Villa D'Este draws from both the Old and New World with three non-vintage white, red and rosé on the house list.
76 High Street, Marlow, SL7 1AQ [Map]
Offering contemporary Italian cuisine and a buzzing ambience, Zizzi adds a touch of excitement to your dining experience. The trendy interior draws inspiration from its surrounding area and each outlet has its characteristic charm with fine innovative features and little details that make it different from the rest.
The Zizzi menu revisits traditional Italian cuisine, while classic dishes are also featured prominently. An eclectic range of thin and crispy rustica pizzas are served loaded with fresh toppings and are a light option at less than 550 calories. Cichetti tasting plates, pasta, salads, risotto and classic pizzas are also served. To complement the diverse Zizzi dishes, the Zizzi wine list has been constructed by fine Italian wine expert, Guillaume Aubert.
The bambini menu at Zizzi restaurant is specially designed for little diners with mini pasta, dough sticks, margherita and other healthy options. For desserts, try the flavourful gelato created by the renowned ice cream maker, Kitty Travers.
Step into any one of the 87 Zizzi restaurants, and unwind with fine Italian cuisine in a vibrant setting.
Feildhouse Lane, Marlow, SL7 1GJ [Map]
Modernity has its merits and at the Crowne Plaza it is evident in the fluidity of form present in the structure which keeps it very far from becoming an unwelcome distraction in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside of Marlow. Comfortable and luxurious, this hotel offers a respite from the pressures of life with rooms that are furnished with every thought given to convenience. Excellent conference facilities ensure that it's a good option for business meetings while its stunning lakeside location makes it a wonderful venue for weddings and other such events.
The contemporary décor of the restaurant is highlighted by the floor to ceiling windows that offer fabulous views of the countryside. The menu could include dishes such as smooth chicken liver pate with red onion chilli jam for starters, followed by a main course of salmon fishcakes with chickpeas, smoked paprika and garlic mayonnaise. For dessert, you could opt for the sticky toffee pudding with double cream.
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Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings.
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