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Vanilla Pod

31 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS
What looks like a cosy cottages, houses an excellent neighbourhood restaurant of the highest order. The comfortable dining room is laid with crisp white napery, but there's plenty of atmosphere, helped by the age of the building - still boasting some exposed beams.

The eponymous pod, in various forms, turns up in some of the dishes.

Chef/proprietor Michael Macdonald offers a modern menu which might include the likes of 'Seared Scallops with a Purée of White Beans and Bourbon Vanilla Foam'; 'Jellied Rabbit with Pickled Vegetables'; 'Endive Tatin with Foie Gras and Citrus Sauce' and 'Cep and Chestnut Velouté among the starters.

Perhaps 'Poached Monkfish with Capers, Celeriac and Stilton'; 'Rump of Lamb on Buttered Savoy Cabbage and Woodland Mushrooms' and 'Appleton Pork Loin marinated in Five Spice with Linguini of Vegetables' among the mains.

Finish with 'Apple Tart Tatin'; 'Bitter Chocolate Fondant with Milk Chocolate Parfait'; 'Tiramisu' or their selection of well-kept cheese.

Service is both professional and friendly.
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern European
  • Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00; set L £15.50 (2 courses) to £19.50
  • Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-22.00; set weekday D from £25 to £45 (3 courses); Gourmand Menu £60 (7 courses)
  • Seats: 28, plus 14 outside
  • Wine: a concise, but well-thought-out, list kicks off in the low £20's
  • Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
  • Nearest station: Marlow Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Parking: Street parking, or public car park opposite
  • Closed: all Sun & Mon; check Christmas openings
  • Air conditioned
  • Outside eating

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Contact Details

Tel: 01628-898101
Address: 31 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2LS
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