Although in theory still a low-beamed pub, with exposed brick/stone walls, and undressed tables, the food here - produced by chef Tom Kerridge - draws people in from miles around. Indeed, although draught beer is sold from the bar, no jeans or trainers are allowed!
The style of a cross between modern British and traditional French, with starters such as 'Potted Crab with Cucumber & Dill Chutney'; 'Salt Cod Scotch Egg with Chorizo & Red Pepper Sauce'; 'Foie Gras with Brioche Toast' and 'Goats' Cheese and Tomato Tartlet' (this deliciously-dressed with caramelised onions and a goats' cheese quenelle).
Perhaps follow with 'Roast Chicken with Parmesan Risotto'; 'Roast Belly Pork with Sage Stuffing and Crackling'; 'Tenderloin of Wiltshire Pork with Pickled Mustard Leaf, Malt-Glazed Cheek, Garlic Sausage & Potato Dauphine'; 'Loin of Cotswold Venison with Rye Bread Sauce, Swiss Chard Farci & Peppered Sprouts' or beautifully fresh fish. All the dishes come with little unannounced extras, such as purées - or perhaps Puy lentils.
Finish with 'Dark Chocolate Tart'; 'Ginger Wine Jelly & Plum Sorbet' or 'Vanilla Crème Brulée'.
A few lighter dishes, such as Hot Salt Beef Sandwiches; All-Day-Breakfast and Welsh Rabbit are also offered from the bar.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30 (Sun 15.15); mains about £27 to £33; set L Mon-Sat £15 (2 courses) to £19.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-22.00 mains about £27 to £36
- Seats: 50 (plus 20 outside)
- Wine: a well-thought-out, concise, wine list kicks off in the mid £40s, offers about half a dozen by the glass
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Marlow Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or from the town centre, leave going west on the A4155; the pubs about ¼ mile (400 metres) on the right
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Sun D; enquire about Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available