Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Since 2005

A cosy, welcoming pub with outstanding food

When we opened The Hand and Flowers in 2005, we wanted it to be exactly the kind of place where we would like to enjoy our days off. That meant a proper pub, but with proper food. A friendly, comfortable atmosphere, where everybody’s welcome. Bold, unpretentious cooking with brilliant, seasonal ingredients. Professional but approachable service from people who love to eat out as much as we do.

Since opening, our approach has won us many loyal friends. We’re proud to be the first pub with two Michelin stars, but our food is for everyone to enjoy, and our pub is still a relaxed and accessible environment where everybody's welcome.

At the Hand and Flowers, Tom’s cooking has risen to new heights. His dishes are sophisticated yet familiar, and are a perfect match for the relaxed surroundings of his charming pub

Rebecca Burr Editor, Michelin Guide

OUR TEAM

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Chef Owner

Tom Kerridge

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Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
Big, bald and easily-distracted.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A spaceman, a cricketer, a rugby player, a footballer, a racing car driver, an Oscar-winning actor – and a chef!

What is your philosophy when it comes to food and hospitality?
I’m a big believer that food brings people together in a space where they can enjoy not just the flavours, but the company they’re with. I don’t go in for that ‘temple of gastronomy’ thing – I just want people to have a nice time, and that includes the warmth of hospitality.

What would you choose for your last meal?
Fish and chips with a can of Lilt.

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Sculptor Owner

Beth Kerridge

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Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
Lucky
Humble
Naughty

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Olivia Newton John

What is your philosophy of hospitality?
Everyone should leave feeling like they just had a hug. 

What makes a great pub?
Lovely beer and wine
Lovely Food
Lovely Service 

What would you choose for your last meal?
Staffordshire Oat Cakes with Bacon and Cheese

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General Manager

Lourdes Dooley

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Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
Honest, friendly and fair.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An air hostess, a biotechnologist or a jobless traveller. I failed at all three!

What is your philosophy of hospitality?
If you love it, it will give you back every effort that you put in and every hour that you have worked for. There’s a huge sense of achievement at the end of every day. Your colleagues can become your friends and family. It’s a way of life.

What makes a great pub?
A good landlord, a good pint, good customers and smiley, down-to-earth staff.

Aaron Mulliss

Head Chef

Aaron Mulliss

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Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
Creature
Of
Habit

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A paramedic (just like my dad!)

What is your philosophy when it comes to food and hospitality?
Never follow fashions or fads, stay true to yourself, making every customer who walks through your doors feel special.

What makes a great pub?
Warm friendly service, great food and drink, served in informal and relaxed surroundings.

What would you choose for your last meal?
Katz’s Deli pastrami on rye, loads of dill pickles and a Dr Brown's Black Cherry Soda.

Book a room

Our room bookings for October 2018 are now live. Please call one of our lovely reservationists on 01628 482277.

Book the shed

Please contact Yasmin via theshed@thehandandflowers.co.uk for more information and availability.

VISIT OUR SISTER PUB

THE COACH

The Coach is our sister pub, with one Michelin Star, in the heart of Marlow. Led by Chefs Nick Beardshaw and Tom De Keyser, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with bar snacks at other times. The Coach is an accessible environment, with an open kitchen. All of our tables are available on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis.