Marlow Community

Since we opened in 2005, Marlow, and its locals, have been incredibly supportive of what we have achieved.

We will focus our efforts to help address food and poverty in our local area, doing all we can to make sure that no one in our community goes hungry by providing free meals from The Meals from Marlow charity.

Our team of chefs and front of house staff will also work with local schools to educate children that are curious about food, teaching them about its production, showing them how to use their creativity in the cooking and giving them a real insight into the hospitality industry.

We will be celebrating the achievements of the heroes within our community, those people whose hard work and commitment make a difference to the lives of local people each and every day.

Meals From Marlow

Towards the end of March of this year it became clear that the Covid-19 crisis was going to have a severe impact on many vulnerable people in our community and would place huge pressures on both our local hospitals and their frontline staff.

In response to the crisis, Tom Kerridge, Andy Agar and Chris Hughes, supported by his Pub In The Park festival team, got together and decided that they could, and should, do something to support both frontline NHS staff and the vulnerable within the community closer to home in Marlow and surrounding villages.

In just 48 hours, they pulled together the Meals From Marlow initiative and, working with a large group of volunteers from Marlow, they raised over £175,000 to fund free meals for NHS workers and other groups in need of help, not just in Marlow but also in neighbouring towns and communities.

In the last three months, the team has provided meals for NHS staff at nearby hospitals in High Wycombe, Stoke Mandeville, Wexham, Frimley, Slough and Maidenhead, with other meals going to vulnerable people in Maidenhead, Marlow and surrounding villages. Meal have also been delivered to local are homes, fire stations, police stations and ambulance crews.

So far, the program has cooked and delivered over 80,000 meals, all thanks to the generosity of local people both with their donations and commitment to volunteering with deliveries and the hard work of the team at the Hand & Flowers, The Coach and Lush in preparing amazing food,

Initially the program was put in place as a short-term measure to help those in need through the health crisis. However, as the team learned more about the needs of the local community, a decision was taken to register Meals From Marlow as a charity and continue to provide meals for those most in need.

In support of the on-going program, Tom and his brilliant teams at The Hand & Flowers and The Coach, will continue to cook delicious and healthy meals for those who need them, and the founding team will continue to run the program as a not for profit organization supported by an amazing team of volunteers.

The initiative has now become an on going act of kindness from a whole town, to ensure that wherever possible noone goes hungry and that Marlow is always a town that looks after its locals and anyone in need, a town with giving at its heart.

Tom and his team are proud to be leading the initiative with the continued support of Pub In The Park.

If you would like to get in touch

contact@thehandandflowers.co.uk